Over the course of two seasons, Oprah's Master Class has offered dozens of life lessons, and stories told by some of the world's most compelling and fascinating people—individuals who have "mastered" this thing we call life.
In this special edition, we hear some of the most memorable lessons of the series as well as numerous never-before-seen insights from the masters, including Maya Angelou, Jon Bon Jovi, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Laird Hamilton, Goldie Hawn, Grant Hill, Reba McEntire, Lorne Michaels, Condoleezza Rice, Diane Sawyer, Ted Turner and Jay-Z. Oprah's Master Class: Special Edition lifts back the curtain on this landmark series and offers a new perspective on what it means to make the most out of your life.
Grant Hill is one of the best-known players in professional basketball. After back-to-back national championships with Duke University, Grant went on to play in the NBA for the last 17 years. But he had to overcome many obstacles to become one of the most respected players in the game.
When he was a boy, Grant's father, who played in the NFL, set a high bar. If Grant wanted to play basketball, he had to get good grades. On top of emphasizing academics, his parents also taught him to live with respect—for people and for the game. Grant carried that lesson with him through life, and it helped him to understand that great players make their teammates better.
In his first six seasons in the NBA, Grant led the Detroit Pistons to the playoffs three times in a row. Then, Grant's career was nearly destroyed by a debilitating ankle injury. But after four surgeries and a life-threatening infection, Grant found his fighting spirit and managed to come out on top.
Jon Bon Jovi is a rock legend, having sold more than 125 million records in his band's career of 29 years and counting. Jon takes us inside their meteoric rise to fame and reveals what he learned about himself and the band when that fame threatened to tear the band apart.
Jon shares the lessons he has learned throughout his life, from never taking no for an answer to honoring your commitments, finding your own path in life and believing in the value of community. And he's still using those lessons to help charities make a difference in the world.
Before Reba McEntire was declared the queen of country, she was a small-town girl in Oklahoma. The hard work ethic Reba gained while working on her family's ranch stayed with her, from her early days singing at rodeos to her superstar success. Along her journey, she learned how to stand up for herself and believe in her own power and voice, which can be difficult in an industry filled with strong men trying to tell her what to do. Reba rose above her challenges—including losing members of her band in a tragic plane crash—and went on to make country music history.
Laird Hamilton is a surfing revolutionary who has learned incomparable life lessons in his quest to ride the biggest waves in the world. For Laird, surfing is a mystical experience. He attacks everything in life with a similar wonder, awe and enthusiasm. He shares lessons about doing what you love, regardless of what other people think, believing in the power of imagination and taking risks for the things that you care about. That's why he became an environmental activist, fighting to protect the oceans. And it's also why, at the age of 47, he's still catching the big waves.
Ted Turner is one of this country's most successful entrepreneurs, with a list of accomplishments that are unrivaled in modern times. From an early age, Ted learned the value of honor, integrity and hard work, which became the cornerstone of his identity.
Ted turned the family billboard business into a media empire by recognizing opportunities and learning from mistakes. As the owner of the Atlanta Braves, Ted turned a struggling team into one of the most successful baseball franchises. As the founder of CNN, Ted befriended world leaders from both sides of the Iron Curtain. These experiences inspired him to think on a global scale and use his influence for good.
Ted has had some of the greatest ups and downs in business history, but the wisdom he gained has been put toward improving humanity and the environment. Having achieved so much, Ted now has his eyes set on one goal: helping to save the world.