Oprah’s Secret to Success

Oprah Winfrey was recently in South Africa visiting her “girls” and the school she started, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She does so much good, and has a kind heart that desires to help. Thank you. I feel a strong desire to reach out, to serve, to help in a big way in this world. The Seven Steps Foundation is about giving. Give First. That’s the motto.

In an interview on that trip, while at the University of the Free State, Oprah said the secret to her success was about being herself, tapping into her emotions, and through that, reaching others. She has a gift for this, but has worked hard to make it happen.

Then she said something about “failure” that really stands out:

“When you get fired, you think it is the worst thing. For me, failure is just the universe saying: ‘Move in another direction’.”

I like that very much. Great wisdom! I have been on paths in the past that were not very good for me, and kept leading to dead ends. Not being one to sit still for long, or give up, I kept moving in different directions, trying something else. I finally sense that I am on paths that lead to good things, greater things. There is a light now, that is just far enough off to keep me going.

I believe that everyone has something great to offer to the world, to give. The world will be better when you do. I hope you will enjoy my gifts, as I enjoy yours.

Thank you Oprah for your wisdom and example!

Source: “Secret behind Winfrey’s success,” Times Live, 6/27/11

Source: “It’s Your Dream—Take It! Seven Steps to Any Dream.”

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)



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