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Oprah Winfrey Inspiration
Oprah Winfrey Inspiration
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Oprah Winfrey Inspiration

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Oprah Winfrey, has had more of an influence on Western society than most politicians and religious leaders put together. People trust her, because she has stayed true to herself in her career.

Oprah Winfrey, has had more of an influence on Western society than most politicians and religious leaders put together. People trust her, because she has stayed true to herself in her career.

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  • 1. Part 6: Inspiring People
  • 2. Oprah Winfrey, one of the most familiar and welcome faces on television the world over, has had more of an influence on Western society than most politicians and religious leaders put together. Why do people trust her so much? Simple – she has stayed true to herself throughout her career. It was not an easy path to success for Oprah. She had a terrible childhood. Her family battled with extreme poverty, for which Oprah was often bullied. They were so terribly poor that she had to wear potato sacks for clothes! To make matters worse, she was sexually abused at an early age. An important part of being a leader, as Oprah has personally experienced time and again, is that your actions have an impact on your followers. This can put a great deal of pressure on leaders, especially given that the more power one has, the easier it is to abuse it.
  • 3. Such abuses of power throughout our recent past only serve to highlight Oprah’s incredible modesty: while acknowledging that she has become an influential person, she has resolutely avoided separating herself above and apart from society. Oprah Winfrey’s life teaches a great lesson about moral integrity. She is renowned for treating everyone with respect, from the desperately poor to the wealthiest. Since Oprah came from such a poverty-stricken background, and is now incredibly wealthy, it is phenomenal that she is so humble. She understands that a great leader needs to treat people well, and that respect not just given, it is earned.
  • 4. A few years ago Oprah started a school in Johannesburg, South Africa, called The Leadership Academy for Girls. The aim of the school is to give students that are from poorer backgrounds the opportunity to fulfil their potential in various fields. Oprah interviews the potential candidates herself, and has a good relationship with the students at the school. If there are any problems – be it with teachers or with students – Oprah goes to the school to sort them out herself.
  • 5. It may seem as though Oprah could not achieve anymore – however – as she accomplishes goals she sets a new goal. Today, Oprah no longer hosts her world famous talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her main goal now is to educate people, especially high school level, and help them to access opportunities that were never available before. Oprah’s motto is that if you enable people to become leaders it will affect their families, their communities, and eventually their nations. “You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your big dream regardless of what anyone says. You are the only person alive who can see your big picture and even you can't see it all.”
  • 6. It may seem as though Oprah could not achieve anymore – however – as she accomplishes goals she sets a new goal. Today, Oprah no longer hosts her world famous talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her main goal now is to educate people, especially high school level, and help them to access opportunities that were never available before. Oprah’s motto is that if you enable people to become leaders it will affect their families, their communities, and eventually their nations. Oprah leads by example. She has remained humble and level- headed. Not only does Oprah put her time, money and heart into enabling people to achieve; she also gives so much to society. She has donated money to charity and to individuals personally – those who would usually go unnoticed.
  • 7. “Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough” “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” “I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it.” “I've come to believe that each of us has apersonal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint -and that the best way to succeed is to discoverwhat you love and then find a way to offer it toothers in the form of service, working hard, andalso allowing the energy of the universe to leadyou.” “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” “We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” “The big secret in life is there is nosecret. Whatever your goal. You canget there if you're willing to work.” “What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” “The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.” “Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” Words of Wisdom
  • 8. References: http://www.owla.co.za/index.htm http://blogs.hbr.org/2009/11/what-oprah-can-teach-you-about/ http://www.biographyonline.net/humanitarian/oprah-winfrey.html

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