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On January 29, 1954, the woman that would make a meteoric rise to become not only the richest female in America, but also the first ever African-American billionaire was born.
The bad memory in her life began at 6 years old. When she was six, Oprah would embark on one of the more traumatic phases of her life. After moving to Milwaukee to live with her less supportive mother, Oprah was raped and sexually assaulted by members of her own family. With no system of support, she turned to a life of rebellion and drugs, winding up in numerous juvenile detention centers.
Imposing strict rules, she changed her life! Oprah’s father attempted to regain control of his unruly daughter’s life by making education a priority. Oprah became an honors student and received a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts. At the age of 18, she also went on to win the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant.
She became the first black female news anchor! While Oprah had begun her media career working at her high school radio show, She become both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WTVF-TV. In 1976, Oprah relocated to Baltimore to co-anchor WJZ-TV’s local evening news. Her popularity led to her being recruited as co-host of WJZ’s local talk show, People are Talking.
The Oprah Winfrey Show started Following a massive jump in ratings with Oprah’s takeover, the show was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show and extended to a full hour. It became the highest-rated talk show in television history with an estimated 30 millions viewers in the United States alone, and a larger following in the 109 countries around the world in which it is seen.
Oprah started her business named “Harpo studios” In 1998, Harpo launched Oprah.com, joined with several partners to form Oxygen, a new cable channel dedicated to women’s issues, and also entered the publishing business with Oprah’s own magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine. Now she becomes the richest black women in America.
“What I know for sure is that if you want to have success, you can’t make success your goal,” says Oprah Winfrey. “The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success will naturally follow.”
Lesson 1 : Set High Goals This success has not come by chance. Oprah has made her fortune by setting clear and ambitious goals on both the professional and personal levels. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret,” she says. “Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
Lesson 2 : Let Gut Instinct Work For You “Be quiet,” she says. “Part of your responsibility is to honor the quiet inside yourself so you can hear the call.” Her prescription for doing so is to “take five minutes to centre yourself in the morning…set your intention every day…if you don’t have five minutes, you don’t deserve to have the life of your dreams.”
Lesson 3 : Overcome Your Fear She continues to be a hugely successful talk show host, actress, publisher, and producer and is constantly looking to the future for new opportunities. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for,” she says. “Always continue the climb.”
Lesson 4 : Find A Different Way To Rise Above The Obstacles “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity,” says Oprah. “Don't fight them. Just find a different way to stand.” Oprah is a woman of extremes; she is extremely successful, extremely powerful and extremely passionate about what she does. But, her success has come at the end of a long road of other extremes: obstacles.
Lesson 5 : Be Responsible For Your Own Life “We are each responsible for our own life – no other person is or even can be,” says Oprah. That is why it is crucial not to let challenges, be they your own characteristics, events, people, or other uncontrollable factors, act as barriers between you and your goals.
Lesson 6 : Deal With The Challenges Oprah continuously faces new challenges with the increasing scope and success of her media empire. The difference now is that she is better equipped to deal with the challenges. “You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more,” she says. “The right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it.”
Lesson 7 : Recognize and Seize the Opportunity “I don’t believe in coincidences,” says Oprah. From hosting a talk show, to acting, to utilizing the Internet to bring her company online, Oprah has listened to her inner voice and grabbed every opportunity she believed was necessary to achieve her goals. She was not afraid to venture into the unknown or reinvent herself through various media.
Lesson 8 : Take Advantage of New Media and Technology “My constant focus is on being better. Should I be doing multimedia video production? Or seminars on the Internet? How can I do what I’m already doing in a more forceful way?” Oprah’s ability to consistently take advantage of new media and technology is one of the distinguishing features of her massive success like Harpo Studios have done for more than 20 years.
Lesson 9 : Be a Good Corporate Citizen “What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you,” says Oprah. Oprah has managed to keep her sense of humility and compassion while still registering ever-increasing profits. Her desire to give back not only to her own community, but also to communities around the world, has endeared Oprah in the eyes of the public.
Lesson 10 : Find Your Passion While Oprah’s passion had been obvious since she was a young girl, she recognizes that it is not that easy for everyone to discover his or her true passion. In order to find yours, Oprah says you need to “pay attention to your feelings. The path to discovering why you are here is through your feelings.” The most important thing, she cautions, is to not let others prescribe your path for you.
“I don’t think of myself as a businesswoman,” she says, but Oprah’s success proves otherwise. While these factors for success may not be unique to Oprah, their combination and the manner in which they were embraced enabled her to reach to new heights.
“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and work that fulfills you, the rest will come,” Thank You Very Much SompongYusoontorn