GAP Lori Wilson | Trusting The Process

 

Lori Wilson is an Emmy Award winning news anchor and reporter, entrepreneur, aspiring author, authentic and attitude engaged rock star and she’s joining Glenn for an amazing conversation that will inspire you to personal and professional greatness.

Lori’s journey has been a long and winding one but it’s her focus on establishing big goals and being able to adjust those goals to accept major opportunities that have propelled her career. 

She’ll share how she maintains her attitude through the daily grind of news reporting and Atlanta traffic jams. She’s also working on helping people lose weight, feel better and succeed where they may have failed in the past. 

Live at 11… Lori Wilson is reporting the good attitude news. Listen now! 

 

Show Notes:

3:50 – Attitude is the way that you see life and how you reflect you own values to others around you.

9:38 – Balancing the positive and negative of sharing the news.

15:15 – Lessons from Will Smith: Having a big goal AND being prepared to change it.

19:58 – Stop waiting and do it afraid.

24:31 – How to eat like an elephant and lose your big butt.

28:58 – Dis-empowering beliefs for young women in Lori’s industry.

37:30 – You have to push, make money, and have fun.

44:41 – Know your worth and bet on yourself.

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Booster #2: Lori Wilson – Bridging The GAP By Trusting The Process

I want to welcome everybody. I sure hope you subscribe, rate, review and most importantly, share this show with somebody you know who needs to get attitude. It’s not get attitude in a bad way. It’s get attitude in a good way. Maybe it’s somebody that’s got a great attitude but maybe they need to get humble. Maybe that’s the attitude they need to get. Attitude comes in all different forms. I am so thankful to introduce our GAPers to Lori Wilson, who is an Emmy award-winning news anchor and reporter down in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s a dear friend of mine and she is going to talk to us about having a big goal and what big goals have done for her in her life. Lori, welcome to the show.

Thank you so much, Glenn. Can I say this? You are someone who I met and I said, “I have got to have whatever he’s drinking.” Your attitude is so positive and contagious. Not only that but you draw people in. I believe I’m someone who believes that you can put out good things and that they come back to you. That’s why you’re having such success. Thank you so much for having me here as a part of your show and I’m here to share whatever I can.

I know the Emmy was a big deal but certainly, being a member of this show is probably the biggest highlight in your career.

Yes. Both Emmys were fabulous. This is right up there. If I had an award for being on this show, it would be right in between my Emmys.

Jason, maybe we need to come up with an award for the best guest.

I’ll work on that. No problem.

We are here with our wonderful producer, Jason at Studio Jay here in Indianapolis. Lori used to be an anchor here at WISH-TV 8. Lori, your attitude is pretty fantastic. That’s why we were friends at first sight. It was crazy. Talk to me and tell our readers, when you think of attitude, what does attitude mean to you? Who were the first people that taught you about attitude? Who do you think cultivated your attitude to what it is now?

It was my parents. That might be the answer that most of your guests give because those are our first teachers. We learned so much from them. One of my earliest memories from childhood is knowing that both of my parents were in graduate school. I spent a lot of time with my older sister because both my parents were separated but in their separate households, they were going to graduate school. I knew it was important to work hard and have a positive attitude and big dreams despite whatever it was that was going on at the time. Having a goal and a vision for how you wanted things to continue to progress in your life was important.

For me, attitude has always been definitive of who I am as a person. Attitude is something you can choose. When you think about the attitude that you’ve got, whether you’re doing your self-talk and it could be better or whether you’re talking to other people and you think, “I could have been kinder or nicer,” being aware of the attitude that you’ve got going on is key to success.

If you had to define attitude, what would you say your definition of attitude is?

Attitude is the way that you see life and reflect your values to others around you.

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How do you see your life?

It’s so good. Things are not the way in every area that I would have them to be but they’re good. My mantra in life is that everything is always working out for me. I remember when I was pregnant, I was looking for something that would get me going positively. Every morning, I would take walks and do news. Sometimes if you watch the news, it can be bad, negative and troubling, to say the least. There’s also good news out there but sometimes, it’s a challenge to get through it with a positive attitude. I said, “I’ve got to reset every single morning.” That is the mantra that I would say over and over to myself as I was taking my walks in the morning. It helps.

We have people all over the country and world reading this and who are coming to this show saying, “What am I going to get now? What’s the one little attitude boost that I’m going to get now? What is the one lesson and tool?” You’ve already given it to us and we’re only four minutes into this. “Everything is working out for me.” I need to say that. I’m thinking that the more you say it, then probably the more crap’s going on in your life.

I say it all the time and let me say this, I did not make that up. I listen to a lot of great YouTubers and spiritual teachers, whether it’s a church or a YouTube preacher. I listen to these things. I feel like it’s important to feed yourself positive things to be able to put those out because whatever you put in is what comes out.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a traffic jam. I’ll say something as elemental as that but in Atlanta, it happens all the time. I can sit in traffic and say, “It’s okay. Everything is always working out for me.” Instead of having that moment where I wanted to be like, “That driver cut me off,” instead, I kept going with it. I move smoothly through my day. I hope that does help someone who’s reading.

I forget who this was from. It was a book but people that were late used to drive me crazy. I got this concept and somebody said, “When somebody’s late say, ‘Thank you for being late.’” Isn’t that good? I’ll come home and my wife will say, “What did you have for lunch?” I’ll go, “That was seven appointments ago. I don’t even know what I did for lunch.” We were with a couple that we interviewed before who said that we have 40,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day, 95% of which are negative. Things move so fast that when somebody’s late, it’s nice.

You have that moment. You can collect yourself, think positive thoughts or as you often say, give somebody a compliment so you can get your count up.

How many compliments have you given, Lori? You’ve been listening to be nice. I can tell.

I gave you a few. You’re my only interaction so far. I took a nap. I have a lot to give left.

I want to jump back to the importance of education. Your parents were separated but they both were going to graduate school. You don’t hear that a lot. Did they end up finishing graduate school? What did they end up doing? What impact did that have on you?

They did. My mother got her Master’s degree in Social Work and my father got his Master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations. My father had a very successful career in HR at Cummins Engine Company and then at Mays Chemical Company. My mother worked for Eli Lilly for 30 years. She was an admin but when it came to the Social Work degree, she was constantly in some program or another helping bring up younger children in the way they should go.

One reason I wanted you on is because you’re an unbelievable person but your career, when we talk about attitude and the media and news, it’s like fake news. Speakers and keynote speakers are going, “Don’t listen to the news. It’s too negative,” what you brought up. Walk me through either your perception or we own a TV station side, what’s the attitude of the media? They’re getting crushed. What’s the answer to, “You should turn off and never watch the news?” A lot of people say that and I’m like, “That’s Lori’s job.” How are you navigating and working through that? What do your peers say about all this?

It’s interesting because when the internet came along, I’m glad I’m aging myself here but everything changed. Do you remember when there were three television stations?

‘97 is when the internet came so yeah.

Now, there are thousands of stations. It’s interesting because I look at it not only from a consumer perspective but also as someone who participates in the gathering, sharing and disseminating of news every day. I feel like we provide an important service and that is for people who want to know what’s going on in their community. There are some negative things happening but I look at it like this. It’s like us having a conversation at a coffee shop. I always try to share the news like I would with my best friend. If it’s bad, I’m giving it to you in a way that helps you get through it. If it’s good, we can rise there together.

I always look at my job as a conductor to get people through the news and when it comes to the idea of fake news, you’re thinking about the major networks because they all have a bent. Whether you’re Fox, CNN or MSNBC, they have a bent so they’re going to lean left or right. That’s where we get this idea of fake news.

At the local level, I try to make sure that I represent all sides at all times. As a matter of fact, I was covering President Trump, along with Vice President Pence, the former governor there in Indiana, whom I’ve interviewed many times. They were in town for a fundraiser. My job was to cover the protestors outside.

Here you have it. I could go there and cover the protestors or I could tell the entire story of what was happening because there were not only protestors but there were also supporters there. I say that to say it’s important to make sure that you cover the whole story. That’s all people want. Whether you are a supporter or a protestor, what you want is for your voice to be heard. That’s the service I tried to provide.

GAP Lori Wilson | Trusting The Process
Trusting The Process: It’s important to make sure that you cover the whole story. That’s all people want. Whether you are a supporter or a protestor, what you want is for your voice to be heard.

 

It’s very good because looking at the news is a part of people’s day. Everybody says they don’t watch it but they do. The local flavor and the national are two different things. Have you ever been a part of a national media platform or company and worked in it? Is it different?

Yes. When I worked in Philadelphia, I worked for NBC O&O, which means NBC owned and operated station. On the weekends, they would use some of the local talents to come in and do news breaks overnight and early in the morning. I did that several times. As far as having a show per se, I have not done that yet. My goal when I was younger, talking about having a big goal, was always to replace Katie Couric on The Today Show. That has not happened.

You’re so much better than Hoda. Come on.

What I will say is along the way and this is for your readers, you have a big goal but you also have to be prepared for when things change because things are always working out for me. I worked in Philadelphia with the young lady, Sheinelle, who is on The Today Show. We worked at different stations. She had been in the job maybe a year and I saw her.

I had my son with me and she’s got children as well. She said, “Enjoy the local days because you get to network and you’re doing those early mornings. You miss so much of their growing up so appreciate it.” I’m sure she would not change places for the world and I applaud her success. I’m so happy for her. I will say that at this point I’m happy with what I’m doing and where I am.

You run around people with all kinds of attitudes with all kinds of different goal levels. I’d love to know some of the most noteworthy, famous or powerful people that you’ve ever been able to interview. What about their attitudes impacted you or what could help our people who are reading? What are the lessons you’ve learned from some of the best interviews you’ve ever done?

I did entertainment for a long time, Glenn. With that, I interviewed a lot of the world’s most famous people. Whether it was Steve Harvey, Patti LaBelle, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper, Billy Bob Thornton, Tyler Perry or Kevin Hart, I interviewed all of those people. The list is long. I’ll invariably forget them but there were many things that I learned from them over the years. What I will say, off the top of my mind, is Will Smith. I interviewed him a few times and I was doing a show in Philadelphia so that meant because he’s from Philadelphia, they would fly me out to LA and I would get the opportunity to interview him. I usually got a few extra minutes.

I remember talking to him about choosing the life path and career that he did. What he said was he knows he’s not the smartest, most handsome or the best actor but he also approached his career the way you see the Grand Canyon built. He said that the thing that changed the Grand Canyon was water running over those rocks. It was slow and steady and now you’ve got the Grand Canyon based on water over rocks.

He said, “I went out there and that was my plan, to be the biggest movie star in the world. What does that mean? That means it’s got to be an action picture. I did my research because that’s what makes the most money out there. Release dates also matter. I’m going to release them around holidays because everybody’s going to the movies when that happens.”

He was very methodical about his success. You can look at it and say, “He is just a kid from Philly who got a break on a show called The Fresh Prince and then things fell into place.” No, he did his research. He studied his craft, worked and got to be one of the biggest stars in all of Hollywood. He was also running marathons at the time. I will be running my very first marathon.

That’s part of my husband and One Sexy Vegan. Our goal is to help people eat healthily and live sexily. A lot of that comes together in our training for that. What Will said was, “Marathons are where you meet your demons because it’s you racing against you.” That is true no matter what industry you’re in. It’s about you being your greatest either champion or foe.

I’ve heard the saying jog a mile, change your day, run a marathon, change your life. Have you heard that one before?

I have heard that. Let me tell you, I’m looking forward to it because, for me, you follow through with execution.

You look terrified when you mention it.

For a lot of my life, I’ve been afraid but in the best way. Imagine I stand in front of thousands of people to emcee events or I interview people who are either world-famous or infamous. I’ll go to the hurricane when it’s coming or to the scene of the homicide. Those are things that I’ve done and I do with reckless abandon because that’s part of my job. It’s helped me in life. A lot of people who may be reading are thinking, “I’ve always wanted to do this but I’m afraid.” Nike said it best. Just do it.

They are not a sponsor or underwriter here. Maybe they will be after this but that is the truth. You do it. You don’t expect anything to be perfect in life because nothing ever is and if you’re waiting for it to be, you’re never going to get there. It was the same way when I wrote my book that I finished. We’re not going to talk about it because I don’t have it up on Amazon yet. It’s finished but I’m still working with contract stuff.

What I will say is it was a matter of sitting down every day and doing it. Not being perfect, just getting it done, putting out there what I had to share with the world. That’s what I hope that your GAPers will do too. Just do it. Whether it’s starting a podcast, a website or a business, you’re going to make mistakes and that’s okay but you’re going to be a lot smarter on the other end.

GAP Lori Wilson | Trusting The Process
Trusting The Process: Just do it. Whether it’s starting a podcast, a website, or a business, you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s okay. You’re going to be a lot smarter on the other end.

 

Let’s talk about maybe on a personal level because overcoming fear is a big deal and goal. You’ve broken through barriers and walls. You just do it. It’s in your DNA. It’s who you are. You are a hard charger. Can you share with us maybe one of the times in your life that you said, “I am afraid of what’s getting ready to happen?” You felt that fear or self-doubt. When did that manifest itself? A lot of times, that happens when you’re a kid. I’d love to hear a story of when you were most fearful in your life and what that was all about. You’re a fearless person.

I appreciate you saying that but I do it afraid. I don’t let fear stop me. I remember my first celebrity interview, which is a guy you probably heard of, Les Brown. I was terrified because that was my very first celebrity interview. I was nervous. I hope there’s not a tape out there anywhere. I did it because I had to. He was on our noon show in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was going to be doing a keynote later that evening. This had to be back in the late ‘90s. I remember the fear because I remember feeling as opposed to exactly what was said. I also remember how great I felt afterward. For anyone afraid, you think about, “What’s it going to be like if I do it? What’s it going to be like if I don’t do it?” Fumble your way through.

The lesson there is, “What is it going to feel like when I’m done? How good is it going to feel when I crush the great Les Brown?” Back in the late ‘90s, he was doing You’ve Got To Be HUNGRY. I’m pretty sure it was his deal. Les is a friend. I’ll mention that to Les but I’m sure he’s been interviewed by tens of thousands. He may or may not remember you.

He will not remember. I was in my twenties and wide-eyed and bushy-tailed interviewing the great Les Brown.

How big was your hair back then, Lori?

It was so big. My hair has been a little bit of everything. It was probably similar, though. That’s like news hair, to be coiffed. Maybe it was a little shorter.

I don’t think this is the name of your book but we’ve talked about one of your goals is this thing called Lose Your Big Butt Without Diet or Exercise.

Lose your big butt, no diet or exercise is required.

Talk to me a little bit about that concept and mantra, what that means to you and what you’ve been doing with it for women outside of just you.

For me, that goes back to this idea of being fearless. It has always been about looking at the excuses, taking an inventory of why I haven’t done something and then checking them off. A lot of times, those things that we’re afraid of are not real. You can list every single excuse and there will always be more when it comes to standing in between you and your goals. Lose Your Big Butt was when I was in Indianapolis and that came to me, the concept of figuring out how to motivate people to move forward.

It’s the idea of how you eat an elephant. It’s one bite at a time. How I try to encourage people is to take baby steps. It’s like when I started training for this marathon. I started by walking for twenty minutes. I was like, “I’m going to walk twenty minutes today.” The last run that we did, which is still not the 26 but we did 18 miles, I could have never conceived of it because I’m not a runner. That’s not what I do. It’s something that I have chosen to do. It’s a goal and one step at a time. That’s how I try to encourage anybody.

You’re not 6’1” so you have 2 more steps than most people.

My husband is 6’3” so he’s gliding along. I’m 5’1”. Thank you for bringing that up.

Do you have to keep up with him when you run with him?

I got to keep up with him but luckily, he does my pace.

One cool thing is that you guys do stuff together. You have this Facebook page called Onesexyvegan. Is it a Monday call-in show?

What he does are two separate things. He does a Wednesday interactive. He’s a therapist as well. We have our company, One Sexy Vegan. We’re not in season. We’re off production. He does a Sex, Love and the Misunderstanding Facebook show. Our One Sexy Vegan company was created to help people demystify what it is to be a vegan. A lot of people say, “It’s a great idea. I tried it once but it didn’t last.”

We consult people if they are interested. We sell clothing and cookies. Change is what we say because my lifestyle has changed. My husband is 50 years old and looks amazing. It’s been based on what he puts into his body. If we put in good fuel, our relationships and health are better. Everything improves when you’re putting the right thing into your body.

That’s attitude booster number nine, eat right and exercise. I probably should have had you on attitude booster number nine. Maybe we’ll come back and have you again for that. Tell me this. What is your big goal at this point? Running a marathon is one big goal and I’m sure raising your kid is a huge goal. Do you have a goal that you don’t like sharing but you’re going to share it here?

People that are reading need to understand that a ridiculous goal needs to be shared and thought about. There’s no reason to be embarrassed by it. Part of having a big goal, which we talked about in our opener and introduction, is to dream. It’s our dreams that drive and influence us. Without dreams, who are you? When you look at fulfillment, you can’t be fulfilled unless you have the dream first. What do you dream about?

I have been blessed to have a lengthy career in television news. My big goal is to be an entrepreneur that helps to employ others and contribute to the economy in that way and shows women ways that they can feed their families and have a lot of fun doing it.

Let me ask you this. We have a lot of women readers. When it comes to disempowering beliefs that you see through the years and I know you talked to a lot of young girls about the Lose Your Big Butt Without Diet and Exercise, talk to us a little bit about the misconceptions, the bad beliefs that you see and then what are the steps to correcting that?

For a lot of young women in particular, it’s that, “I’m not good enough.” Maybe they don’t understand their worth. They don’t understand that if they can dream it, they can do it. I believe God doesn’t give you any dream without giving you the ability to fulfill it. A lot of it is low self-esteem. That’s because a lot of times, we look to our girlfriends or a guy to make us feel good about who we are.

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In many families, the idea of educating our young people and developing their character to know who they are, whose they are and how fabulous we are no matter what we do, aside from a sport or anything, how great we are, until we spend more time putting that into their little brains, it’s going to be a problem.

A lot of times, when I do speak to young girls, I want to give them the courage. “If I can do it, you can do it.” I came from a small town in Columbus, Indiana. A lot of people thought, “That’s sweet, her dream of being on TV. That’s cute, Lori but maybe you should study law, medicine or something a little more practical.” I always believed. It was known within myself and a desire to not so much prove things to other people, not to prove them wrong but to prove to myself that this is what I was put here on this planet to do. We all have that internal guidance and if you listen to it, it’ll tell you.

You believed you were going to be on TV from the time you were young. That was your big goal when you were young.

When I was a kid, I started doing TV commercials. That’s what I started doing. When I’m in third grade and I do a TV commercial, I learned that I can have fun and make money.

What was your first commercial?

My first commercial was for Indiana Bell. That is how old I am.

Jason, let’s find that, please.

If you can, I would love to see it and be able to show my kid. I tell young people that there was something called call waiting. Their eyes would glaze over. They have no idea what that means but it was a brand-new technology at the time. I had fun doing it. It was good.

I can tell you this, Lori. You are super fun. You have brightened our day. Your energy has brightened our show with your thoughts about big goals, believing in yourself, forcing your way through doing it, about fear and going through fear. Is there a plan to overcome fear? Yeah. You can get hypnotized but just do it. Not to steal. That won’t violate a copyright. I hope not. You’re doing so many cool things. You’re a new mom who spent many years in the business. One Sexy Vegan. You’re running a marathon.

Readers, you need to share this because Lori, as we’re going to learn, became a mother late in life. I don’t know if that’s a goal or not. My guess is it probably was. You always wanted to be a mom but you’re doing it. Knowledge through the Decades is a segment that we do on every single episode where we ask somebody to walk back through their life and tell us about the attitude lessons that they learned.

What we find is so many people align. They can look back on their life and say, “Yes. I have learned lessons.” We know attitude is about awareness and becoming aware of who you are, where you came from, why you are the way you are and why you think the way you think. What we always like to do is start from birth. You were born in Columbus, Indiana.

I was. Bartholomew County Hospital.

What I want to know is what is the attitude lesson of birth or starting life? What is the attitude lesson that you feel when you gave life? Only half of us are able to give life.

I think about the birth of my son. I think of going to classes, getting a whole bunch of information and reading as much as I could. Yet when it was time to give birth, I had no control over anything. There are some things you cannot prepare for. It’s our responsibility in life to get as prepared as humanly possible but then there are moments and experiences that are going to knock your socks off and accept it. It’s part of life.

It’s giving labor. You think about it, the whole visual of it. You talk to young kids about it. It’s crazy and you did it. It’s like the fear thing you did.

You just do it. With me, I did it with the help of a lot of drugs.

You had good doctors.

I had a great one but that’s it. There are some things you prepare but when it comes, you hold onto your seat.

That’s a great lesson that we need to understand. Life throws you things and they’re coming. They’re going to happen. You’re going to have to push through it when it’s all said and done. Let’s talk about when you were ten years old. Sweet little Lori, where were you? What was your attitude back then?

I was a student at Greenbrier Elementary School. What I will say is that is when I learned that you can make money and have fun because that’s when I started doing commercials. I had a great best friend. I played soccer. Life was good. My favorite teacher of all time was Mrs. Robins. I got her for the second and the third grade. I did this commercial thing and was making money that I could use. I had fun doing it. It’s a time when a lot of people explore their passions. If you’re sitting there thinking, “I don’t have any passions, I don’t know what I want to do,” think back to what you were doing when you were ten. You loved it. There was no other reason other than you loved it and did it. That’s what I would say.

I want to know practically, because I’ve always wanted to be on TV, what’s the quickest way to get into a commercial? What do you do? Call an agent? What’s the process?

Yeah, you have an agent.

What do you do? Google them? How do you find an agent?

You can google them and send them. They accept submissions all the time. They’ll ask you to upload a photograph or a video. They tell you, “We can use you,” or, “No, we can’t.” There’s this stereotype that to have an agent, you’ve got to look like Kim Kardashian. You don’t. Do you remember the Where’s the Beef lady? She made tons of money. They’re always looking for different caricatures as well.

If you wanted to be in commercials, what would you google?

Commercial agents and then I would look at their reviews.

Doesn’t everybody want to be in commercials?

I still do. I still have friends that do them and they’re amazing.

Jason, do you want to be in commercials or not?

I’d rather make commercials than be in them.

Greenbrier High School, you’re doing commercials and little Lori becomes a little lady at twenty years old. What college did you go to? What were you doing at twenty? What was the attitude lesson there?

Indiana University in Bloomington. My attitude then was my mom used to say, “You don’t want to be a common girl. Don’t go out to all the parties, Lori.” I would choose 1 party or 2 a semester and go out. It was like this mystique that I wanted to have. It meant nothing but I was twenty. This is a personal lesson. I also learned that love does not have to hurt. That was a big one.

Another lesson was that as I was studying, it was important to have other experiences. I looked for internships. I also traveled abroad and did some other good things to make sure that I had a worldview. That’s when you’re set in your worldview. Now, you can click on the internet and you can be in Australia tomorrow or right now. I traveled because it was important to do that. That helped create the person that I am and how I look at people no matter where they are. Whether it’s age-wise, socioeconomic-wise or career-wise, we’re all the same trying to get to the same place with the same needs.

What was the attitude lesson you learned overseas? How is their attitude different? What did you admire about their attitude?

I did some traveling. When I was in college, I went to West Africa in Senegal. I was part of a group that went to the African-American Business Summit where African leaders meet with African-American leaders and try to work together collaboratively. I was at the University of Senegal and there were two computers. What I learned then was how ridiculously blessed and fortunate we are in the United States to have 2 computers at an entire university and their newspaper whereas, at IU, we had 20 of them in the newsroom then. Most of us had our personal computers.

It was about understanding how fortunate we are because a lot of times, we take things for granted like clean water and a coat when it’s cold. Not everybody has that. It’s important to have that perspective. I also did some traveling in Europe and that was ridiculous as well. They know how to vacation and siesta and live life at a different pace. They’re all very happy and successful. They appreciate family and friends and taking more time to do that. We don’t do that as well in the United States.

GAP Lori Wilson | Trusting The Process
Trusting The Process: A lot of times, we take things for granted, like clean water and a coat when it’s cold. Not everybody has that.

 

We push, grind and listen to the gaps. We could do more. Maybe the lesson is for our overachievers and our personal development Nazis that read this because this is what they do, it’s bridging the gap from being that super achiever to maybe becoming a little more normal. Maybe becoming a little more loving and present or giving back with all the things you have. You’ve graduated from IU and you’re 30. I’d love to know, where were you doing news at 30? You were probably feeling like, “I’m hitting my stride. I’m doing this thing called TV news.” What was your attitude lesson at 30? What did you learn?

Thirty was good. I was here in Atlanta. The first time I was here in Atlanta, you couldn’t tell me anything. I was young. I was anchoring a morning show. For me, that was the first time that I felt like I had a friendship with a boss. That was important in helping me. I also negotiated my contract. That lesson was all about knowing my worth and value. Without going into the specific details but I had left a job where I had asked for a $4,000 raise and my GM would only give me a $2,000 raise. We’re talking about a $2,000 difference.

I ended up saying, “No, I want $4,000.” I wasn’t asking for a lot at the time because I had been in the market for four years. People knew you at something called market equity in television. He wouldn’t give it to me. I ended up leaving there. I did it and tripled my salary. I’ll say that. You should take a bet on yourself. When you know what your value is, you’re much more likely to do that. That’s what the 30s were about, understanding my value.

That’s the most powerful thing you’ve said. I think about the people whose lives we change with this show. I sit and think about that person that’s sitting there not happy with their job, knowing that there’s more and they’re worth more. They’re sitting there doubting because of the certainty that everybody looks for. The bottom line is there could be a better day for you and to bet on yourself is the best bet you can make.

We do want to encourage our readers not to blame Lori if they walk into your boss, don’t get the job and end up unemployed. “I read to this show. Lori Wilson got me fired.” Email us or hit her husband’s Wednesday show. You can tell him about it. It’s going to work out for you. There’s probably nothing worse than working for somebody who doesn’t know what you’re worth when it’s all said and done. That is powerful. Excellent job. We’re going to finish it up with my lady who turned 40. This will be your last question. Do you remember your 40th birthday? Where were you? What did you learn at 40?

Let me tell you, 40 was so interesting. For the first time, I made a move that was best for my family as opposed to me personally by coming back to Indianapolis. I was working in Philadelphia. I left that job and moved back to Indianapolis to be near my parents. That was the best move I’ve ever made.

You met me when you were 40. There you go.

There’s that. I did that and I remember my 40th birthday. I took myself to the mountains on a yoga retreat vacation. I came back from my birthday yoga retreat vacation and the next morning was supposed to get back to work and learned that my station, which had been CBS for years, had lost its affiliation.

I had spent days meditating and doing all these restful massages, eating vegan food. I get home to that. I had to laugh because I felt like the universe knows exactly what you need. It will give it to you when you need it. It was good. What I learned too is it was another one of those lessons. You don’t know what’s going to happen but it’s all going to work out for your good. You do know that.

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How did you say, “I’m going to invest in myself and go on a four-day yoga retreat?” How did you talk to yourself about that?

I was 40. I was single at the time and had a great salary. Whenever I would do yoga, I would go to this ashram in The Bahamas and I thought, “No, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to take myself to the mountains. I’d heard so much about this place.” I thoroughly enjoyed it. I invested in myself. When you have an opportunity to get quiet, you can create.

The reason why some people stay in the jobs that they’re in all the time is that all they’re doing is getting up, going to work, coming home, dealing with the kids, going to sleep and waking up. They don’t have time to create a greater vision for their lives or even space to think about what they’d rather be doing. Whenever I get the opportunity, I try to get quiet and listen to that internal voice that never steers you wrong.

Getting quiet and going on Yoga retreats is good for your attitude.

I thought so.

I think so for everybody. Lori, I want to thank you so much for your time and for giving us the mantra, “Everything is always working out for me.” That’s an incredible mantra and story. We loved hearing about how you started and how your parents shaped your attitude. We loved hearing about One Sexy Vegan. I hope everybody follows it. There are some attitude boosts there. What’s the show that he does? That sounds great. It’s very intriguing.

My husband has a show called S.L.A.M. on Wednesday night, Sex, Love and The Misunderstanding. Head to the SLAM Facebook page or even my husband’s Facebook page, Dr. Tiy-E Muhammad. He’s got old shows there and they’re a hoot. They’re a lot of fun.

That sounds fun. Those would be an attitude booster too. A big goal for me was to get you on the show. A bigger goal for me is to stay your friend and keep on helping you promote what you do because I believe in you and you have greatness within you. I don’t think you’ve reached where you’re going yet.

I haven’t yet but check for those two things. Thank you so much, Glenn, for letting me be here.

I’m thanking the great Lori Wilson, Emmy Award-winning news anchor and reporter. Lori, the best to you. Namaste. We’ll see you.

Namaste.

 

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