For those of us who were watching to see if Larry King’s shoes would be filled, or not, Piers Morgan delivered. He was smart, perceptive, direct, and ultimately impressive. When he asked Oprah at the end, how he had done, she answered, “Surprising! And that’s good. You always want to be surprised.”
He left the cynical, biting British take that we have become so familiar with on “America’s Got Talent” at home and delivered the best interview of Oprah that I have ever seen. I mean forget Barbara Walters. Piers gave us the real Oprah. He finally unveiled the woman. I have seen so much of Oprah, but nothing ever so human, so likable as this. I did not expect it. He was surprising indeed.
I’m sure that in prepping for the interview with the “most powerful woman in the world” he reviewed a dossier of details about her life. I’m sure he was very concerned about doing an impeccable job. But at no time did he seem rehearsed, or too studied or forced. He did not rush the questions. He listened. It was a real conversation, not just a celebrity-grilling for the viewers. And it felt really good.
So how did he do it?
It’s called showing up. And it is undoubtedly the single most important component to any success. Last night, Piers Morgan showed up. He was present, fully in the moment, completely committed to what he was doing.
Could you imagine, if we were to really show up, how different our lives would be? Think of it. If you were fully present, not holding back, but giving your all to each moment, totally committed to being your best. Those dreams you have for your life may finally become real. ( And I’m being entirely serious.)
As for Mr. Morgan, I don’t think he will ever replace Larry King or fill his shoes. He doesn’t need to. Already, I’m convinced that as long as he keeps showing up fully as Piers Morgan, we will all be watching.
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