Oprah Winfrey is an American actress, producer, entrepreneur, and TV personality. She is the wealthiest African-American woman, with a net worth of $2.7 billion. Besides this, she has been ranked several times as the most influential woman in America.
I love Oprah Winfrey, and I watch her shows, speeches, and interviews. I have also read her biography, and therefore, I have learned several things from her.
Today, I would like to share with you the lessons I have learned from this influential woman.
- Don’t Follow the Money
While working at the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), Oprah Winfrey was called to work in Atlanta where she was offered a salary of 40,000$. This salary was 30,000$ more than what she was paid at CBS.
Most of us could have accepted the offer without thinking twice. However, Oprah rejected the offer and continued working at CBS. She knew that, even though CBS paid her a lower salary, the firm enabled her to write better and perfect her journalism skills.
- Trust your Intuition
In an interview at Stanford University, Oprah revealed that when she was a reporter, she felt that reporting was not her thing. Something always told her that she could achieve exceptional levels of success in the talk-show industry.
She, therefore, quit her reporting job at WJZ-TV and moved to Chicago to host a low-rated talk show known as AM Chicago. Years later, her character turned AM Chicago into a success, and the talk-show was renamed, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’
- Ignore the Naysayers
When Oprah Winfrey decided to leave for Chicago, everybody apart from her best friend told her that she was making a terrible mistake. Her boss even told her that she wouldn’t succeed as a talk-show host in Chicago because she was black. However, Oprah Winfrey ignored these folks and she left for Chicago where she achieved massive success.
- Learn to Surrender to the Universal Flow
When Oprah Winfrey went to audition for the movie, Colour Purple, she was thrilled because she had read the book, and she knew she would pass the auditions. However, after the auditions, several months passed but the movie’s creators never called her.
Instead of getting frustrated with her lost opportunity, Oprah asked God to help her eradicate her obsession with the movie. She also prayed for those who took her position and asked God to make them perform the role excellently.
Most of us could have resisted the universal flow by getting angry at the missed opportunity. However, Oprah surrendered to the universal flow by accepting what had happened, and believing that things will work out for the best.
Surprisingly, she later received a phone call from the movie’s producers who informed her that she had secured a position in the movie.
- Focus on your Progress and avoid Focusing on Your Competition
While Oprah was hosting, The Oprah Winfrey Show, many people came up with similar shows. Oprah Winfrey revealed that she never focused on her competition. Instead, she worked hard and focused on making her show the best talk-show in the world.
According to Oprah, we must never focus on our competition because we cannot control what our competition does. However, we can control what we can do, and for this reason, we must only focus on our progress.
In conclusion, from Oprah, we learn that we must focus on building our skill-set instead of going after money. Besides this, we also realize that for us to be successful, we must trust our intuition, ignore the naysayers, and surrender to the universal flow. Finally, Oprah teaches us to focus on working on ourselves/projects instead of focusing on our competition.
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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist
After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man
‘From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Many successful people believe that reading breeds success because it leads to the accumulation of knowledge useful for succeeding. Maybe Benjamin Franklin knew this because he read a lot. He loved reading so much that he read his father’s religious texts because they were the main books his father possessed. His obsession with reading forced his father, Josiah Franklin, to apprentice him to a printer. Many scholars agree that his reading habit played a great role in making him a great man.
2.Never Ever Wait For The Right Moment
If you want to do something, do it. Never wait for the universe to perfectly arrange things for you before you take action
In 1721, Benjamin Franklin’s brother founded a newspaper. Benjamin Franklin became highly interested in participating in the newspaper, but he believed his position would prevent his brother from allowing him to write. However, instead of waiting for his brother’s permission, he wrote letters and anonymously placed them in his brother’s print shop. People liked the letters so much that they wanted to know him.
Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea and his audacity paid off.
3.Associate With People With Similar Interests
You can progress quickly if you associate with people with similar interests because these folks will help you learn a lot about your field.
Benjamin Franklin knew this principle because he formed an association of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs when he was 21 years old. The association enabled Benjamin to become a better artist and businessman as its members regularly discussed
4.Failure is Inevitable
All successful people including Benjamin Franklin failed on their way to success. Despite becoming one of America’s founding fathers, some of Benjamin Franklin’s political proposals were ignored. Furthermore, despite becoming a well-known author, some of his publications failed.
Benjamin Franklin understood that failure is part of success, and he continued writing and formulating more political proposals. He eventually became a successful politician and author.
5.Work, Work and Work
It’s said that Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with work. His biography reveals how he woke up early to work long hours. Besides this, some of his famous quotes such as ‘laziness makes things difficult, and hard work makes things easier’ proved he believed in a strong work-ethic.
Benjamin Franklin knew that his strong work-ethic played a huge role in making him succeed. In his famous essay, The Way to Wealth, he wrote, ‘If You Are Hardworking, You Will Never Starve.’
Just like other successful folks, Franklin was an ordinary individual who adopted the features of successful people. We can also adopt these features to guarantee a marvelous future.
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5 Unbelievable Factors That Make People Work Extremely Hard
Mentors, a strong purpose, and motivational stuff are some of the main factors that make people work extremely hard. However, there are other unique but not necessarily positive factors that make people work extremely hard.
Here are some of them:
- The Desire to Prove People Wrong
Many people have worked extremely hard because they wanted to prove the naysayers wrong. These folks wanted to show the people who doubted them that they can achieve greatness.
An example is Arnold Schwarzenegger. This guy worked extremely hard in his acting career because he wanted to prove wrong the people who told him that he won’t be a successful actor since he had a German accent, and a body that was too big for acting.
Even though I have discouraged competition in my previous posts, I believe that it sometimes makes people work hard. Many bloggers, musicians, and business owners have worked hard because of the fierce competition in their niches. These folks knew that they would fail to secure a sizeable market share if their competitors outworked them.
A large percentage of successful people succeeded because they had faith in their dreams. Faith made them completely sure that they’ll achieve their dreams if they worked harder, and therefore, it motivated them to work hard.
Recently, I realized that people who believe in the achievement of their dreams work harder than doubters. Doubt drains energy while faith motivates you to push yourself harder because you firmly know that success will come if you toil.
People also work harder towards their goals if they believe that achieving them will eliminate pain. For instance, the pain of living in poverty motivated Eminem to work extremely hard towards a better life. In some of his songs, the rapper reveals how the pain he felt when he realized that his 9-5 salary could not sustain his family forced him to work very hard in music.
All the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can’t get by with my 9-5, and I can’t provide the right type of life for my family – Eminem, Lose Yourself
- The Need to Use Success As Revenge
“Success is the best revenge to pay you back.” – Eminem, Where I’m At.
I know people who are working so hard because they experienced rejection. These folks believe that working harder will make them meet success and make the people who rejected them regret.
Besides faith, the above factors show that you can use negative states of mind to push yourself harder. The main reason we are encouraged to use positive factors to push ourselves harder is that most of the time, factors such as pain, competition, the need to revenge and prove people wrong, work against us. These factors can be advantageous only if you approach them wisely.
What other unique factors do you know that can make people work harder?
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