Episode 134: The Beautiful No and Creating True Happiness with Sheri Salata

Listen on iTunes and Subscribe!

Sheri Salata was in a position many would covet as the president of Harpo Studios, the co-president of OWN, and the former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and she decided to choose something else: a life.

Sheri had been so busy building a dream career that she’d forgotten to build a life. She went on a personal quest to tend to her body, spirit, and soul and chronicled it in her new book, The Beautiful No.

Now she’s evolving her 21-year career with Oprah Winfrey and using her production skills in her own life to create wellness, tremendous depth, and true happiness. Talk about a gorgeous second act.

It was such an honor to have Sheri join us on The Kate & Mike Show to share her wisdom about:

  • Choosing to truly live, especially when you’ve lived half of your life (or more) and may have 40+ more to savor
  • Her feelings on accountability and what she chooses to guide her instead
  • A brilliant practice that keeps Sheri between the ditches as far as her mental, physical, and spiritual game that I’ve never heard anyone articulate in quite this way
  • The elements that make up a good story that she learned producing for one of the greatest television shows ever made
  • How she’s dealing with the feeling of exposure that comes from telling her own story
  • Creating true freedom as an entrepreneur
  • We learned SO MUCH from Sheri during our conversation and our hope is that you will, too!
The Beautiful No and Creating True Happiness with Sheri Salata

In This Episode

  • Why Sheri decided to write her book and a moment where she actually thought she was going quit working on it [5:41]
  • Her writing process and how collaborating with a coach helped her along the way [11:53]
  • What makes a good story and what pushed Sheri to pursue the next chapter of her life [15:01]
  • How she made the leap to entrepreneurship and what she realized would happen when she took charge of her own life [18:34]
  • Where she finds accountability, and the concept of “two steps forward, one step back” [27:17]
  • How Sheri’s relationship with her mom changed over time and what she misses the most about her [29:33]
  • Who’s inspiring her these days and what she’s done to become a “seeker” [37:47]
  • Why it’s our words that are creating our outcomes [44:08]
  • What Sheri considers to be the “ultimate freedom” [44:50]

Selected Links from the Episode

Order Kate’s New Book!

Kate’s First Book, Money: A Love Story

Get On The Origin ® Waitlist!

Sheri’s New Book, The Beautiful No

Her Website & Podcast

A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Connect with Kate, Mike & Sheri on Instagram!

People Mentioned

Oprah Winfrey Ellen Daly Kris Carr Dr. Christiane Northrup Eckhart Tolle Iyanla Vanzart Abraham-Hicks

Podcast Details



  • Laura

    The episode with with Sheri Salata was so good I had to listen twice! Like Sheri, I have spent the first half of my life as a seeker, open and exposed to new ideas, thoughts and possibilities. Now on the side of Finder, I am experiencing myself in this moment, coaching myself back to the life I want to live, knowing that the answers already exist inside of me.

    Thank you Kate and Mike for this beautiful interview, so full of wisdom and incredible storytelling.

  • Kate Northrup

    Laura I’m SO glad this episode resonated with you so deeply. Sheri is one wise woman. Thank you for listening in (twice!) and for letting us know how it was for you!

Leave a Comment

Site Design Studio DBJ
Site Development Alchemy + Aim