What We Can Learn From Ms. Oprah

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Oprah Winfrey, America’s famous talk show host, media mogul, and philanthropist is the CEO of the Oprah Winfrey Network. The multi-billionaire has lent thousands of battered individuals a shoulder to cry on and explored human character to the very depth. Oprah Winfrey overcame a horrific childhood of abuse from which she gained the strength to spread her wings and fly.

First of all, Ms. Winfrey believes that to start any journey you need to understand what you want. Not just a hazy idea, but analyze your life and dreams. Understand what you are looking for in relationships, at home or work. The master of chat sums it up this way, “If you do not know who you are or what you want, you’re not going anywhere.”

A second important rung on the ladder to success is to accept and love yourself first. Acknowledge who you are–what you like and dislike. What are your strengths and limitations? Use these attributes to reach your dreams. If you don’t cherish yourself first, you are not going to be able to cherish anyone else. Therefore always put forth your best self.

In addition to you strengths, know that only you can run your life. You cannot blame your parents, friends, relatives, or partner for your shortcomings. Once you take responsibility for your actions you’ll find freedom and confidence. So rather than blaming others, always take ownership where it is due and move forward.

Another word of advice from Ms. Winfrey would be to think for yourself and respect who you are. With reverence comes acceptance and love. Don’t bottle up ill feelings, get motivated. Get a friend to rant with or join a group. There are many anonymous groups to be found online. Go express yourself in one. Get in touch with your inner chi and confront any negative feelings that are bothering you. Most of all, scream, cry, and renew your faith in yourself and the world. A more positive and empowered person will be the result.

In conclusion, the first African-American female to reach billionaire status, has connected with thousands of victims of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and helped to rehabilitate them by staying positive. Her firm belief in the power of self and the purity of the soul has been her greatest motivator and asset.