Oprah Winfrey is the Queen of All Media as dubbed by the American audience. She is the girl of Mississippi, as Oprah calls herself, who grew in extreme poverty as a daughter of a single teenage mum. She got raped as a kid and became pregnant afterwards. Her son died young and she turned to having night shift in a radio while she was 19 years old. Oprah was the one who initiated the kind of simple, non-cliche style of media that is loved by audience. Her journey towards becoming the richest African American has not been easy at all, and from it she gives us pieces of wisdom below.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.
From her Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, Oprah learned an amazing lesson that she passes to us. “You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” When her OWN started, it was called publicly as a failure. Yet, she and her network bucked up and went on till they reap the results of long patience.
“Lots of people wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah has been grateful to the people who helped her initiate her start-up. The sentence above is one of her mottos as she realized that supportive people do their actual jobs only in adversities.
Winfrey does not admit any job or project a failure for not achieving the required results if the person enjoyed the process they went through. Her show in the WLS-TV was the one that succeeded instantly, yet her road to success was filled with different disappointments that she did not allow to take her back.
7 Taking Risks
Oprah’s career has been filled with challenges that many would get as a sign for fate saying no to their desires. Oprah understood them as chances to change track and a helping hand from God to better one’s chances in life. While she was working in a local TV in the 1980s, the channel made a montage for their work and sent it to WLS, and by accident it contained Oprah in it. The channel asked that Oprah introduce a cooking show, and though she knew nothing about cooking, this did not stop her from seizing the chance and learn.
Oprah gives some words of wisdom for people about relationships, and especially women. One of the most important is about maintaining boundaries. She calls women to maintain boundaries in their relationships with men not allowing men to know everything about them. She also pushes them to speak up when there is anything they do not like.
5 Asking Others to Change
3 Be Your Self
“I had no idea that being my authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” At the very beginning of her career, Oprah had to reject certain ads in her network though lucrative, only because she did not believe in the product.
Men, as Oprah says, tend to get bored of a woman whom they know everything about. She calls women to leave a room for themselves and not to make men acquainted with every move they take.
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”