Oprah Winfrey is known as “The Queen of all Media”. Several surveys have called the talk show host, actress and philanthropist one of the most influential women in the world. She inspired millions of people with The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest rated talk show of all time.
Oprah grew up in a poor neighborhood and had to go through everyday racism. In her teens, she suffered from sexual abuse by her male relatives. But even after all this pain, she turned her life around and lived her dream. Oprah teaches us that no matter how much of a challenging start that we have in life, it has no bearing on how we finish.
We collected seven of our favorite tips for success from the media queen. Find out the secret to Oprah's success.
1. Find your dream
Oprah’s grandmother worked as a maid and expected her granddaughter to become the same one day. Her biggest hope for the young girl was to find a friendly family she could work for that treated her with dignity and respect. But Oprah knew deep down that this was not what she was meant to do. She listened to the voice inside her that said: “This will not be my life.”
She followed this voice, her instinct in every decision that she made, and it led her to the right place in her life. We all have that inner voice inside of us. Some of us might have just stopped listening to it. Ask yourself: What is my dream? What do I want to do? Who do I want to be?
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." – Oprah Winfrey
2. Take one step at a time
Once you have found your dream, it is time to approach it. When we start with this new challenge, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things that we have to do. Instead of letting yourself get drowned by all those tasks, ask yourself this question: "What is the next right move?" From that moment you can make the next right move and the next right move until you finally reach your goal.
"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." - Oprah Winfrey
3. Seize your opportunity
Oprah does not believe in luck. “Luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity,” she said in an interview. Remember that everything that has happened in your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come. You need to embrace those experiences so that you can seize that moment of opportunity.
"Nothing about my life is lucky." – Oprah Winfrey
4. Everyone makes mistakes
When Oprah was in her twenties, she had some troubling relationships with men. She gave power to men who did not mean it well with her. Nevertheless, she does not hold grudges against them because she realized she was the one who gave over the power.
But at the same time, she does not blame herself. She did not know it any better.
Everyone who lives has made mistakes. Stop holding yourself hostage to who you used to be.
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
5. You can only control yourself
The Oprah Winfrey Show was one of the most popular American TV shows for decades. To maintain this success rate for years, Oprah had a simple approach towards other competitive talk shows: Don’t waste your time looking after them.
Because you cannot control the other ones, you only have control over yourself. It is about what you can do. Time to step up your own game instead of looking at the competition.
"Don't waste your time in the race looking back to see where the other guy is and what he is doing. It's not about the other guy." – Oprah Winfrey
6. We are all seeking the same thing
In her TV show, Oprah gave people one thing that they genuinely needed: compassion. This stems from her sincere belief that people are not different. Even after becoming a billionaire, Oprah said that there is no difference between her and her audience. Apart from the fact that she sometimes might have better shoes.
At the core of what really matters, we are the same. We are all seeking for the same thing: To fulfill the highest truest expression of ourselves as human beings. There is no difference if you work in a bakery or as an entertainer. As long as you feel like you found your true expression.
"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe." – Oprah Winfrey
7. Relax, it's going to be okay
For a TV show, Oprah once wrote a letter to her 19-year-old self. The most important things she wanted to tell her young self: That she is beautiful. That she does not have to be scared. And that it is going to be okay.
If you want to listen to the entire letter, you can click on the video below.
“If I could say anything to you. It would be ‘Relax it's going to be okay, girl.’” – Oprah Winfrey in a note to herself
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