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5 Powerful Lessons You Can Learn From Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey is an American actress, producer, entrepreneur, and a TV personality. She is the wealthiest African-American, with a net worth of 2.7 billion dollars. Besides this, she has been ranked several times as the most influential woman in America.

I love Oprah Winfrey, and I always 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.

  1. 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 offered her a better platform where she could learn to write better and perfect her journalism skills.

  1. Trust your Intuition

In an interview at Stanford University, Oprah revealed that when she was a reporter, she always 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.’

  1. 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 it was a racist city.  However, Oprah Winfrey ignored these folks, and she left for Chicago where she achieved massive success.

  1. 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, therefore, knew that she would successfully 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. Furthermore, she 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.

  1. 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 very 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.

Besides this, she believes that looking what your competitor is doing drains off your energy and it might also scare you hence resulting in your competition beating you.

Concluding Remarks

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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Four More Great Effects of Hard Work That Make it The Father of Prosperity (Part 2)

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I firmly believe in hard work and I know that if I fail, it will be because I didn’t work hard enough.

In my trending article, The Power of Hard Work: 4 Outstanding Effects of Hard Work That Make it The Father of Prosperity, I wrote about the reasons why hard work pays.  Here, I will also show the Power of Hard Work by providing four more benefits of hard work that will make you start working hard right now.

  1. Hard Working People Will Like to Work With You If You Work Hard

Hard workers often love other hard workers. For this reason, your hard work will enable you to attract and make friends with hard-working individuals who would love to work with you because working with you guarantees success.

Many success stories have proved that success is inevitable when two or more hard workers work towards a particular goal.

  1. Hard Work Attracts Mentors

The successful hate mentoring lazy individuals because it’s tedious and boring to mentor an individual who is unwilling to work hard. They, therefore, love mentoring people who show their willingness to work tirelessly towards their goals.

Successful individuals often want other people to succeed, and they love providing direction and guidance to those working extra-hard to achieve their goals. They hate seeing hard workers make the mistakes they made.

  1. Hard Work Attracts Respect

Although many individuals want to work hard, few of them manage because most people fall for distractions.  For this reason, people will respect you when you work hard because you will be doing something others can’t.

People know that hard work requires self-discipline, a strong determination, intense focus, and zeal. Therefore, they will also respect you because they will see all these qualities in you.

Respect is good for you because you’ll develop a strong sense of self-esteem, and you will be inspired to work harder when you feel respected.

  1. You Will Never Regret

Many individuals become severely depressed when they reach their mid-40s because they realize that their laziness is responsible for their unhappiness. Regret is one of the worst mental states because you cannot go back in time, and it might haunt you till death.

If you work hard, you will never regret because you will succeed in life. Besides this, even if you won’t succeed, you’ll receive something good from your intense effort, and you’ll be at peace with yourself because you gave your very best.

Concluding Remarks                

Therefore, besides building character, leading to mastery, luck, and self-confidence, hard work also results in you attracting hard workers, a mentor, and respect. Also, you will never regret because you will get something from your hard work.

I know that, just like me, you also want big things in your life. I have researched extensively on success, and I am now 100% sure that success is the result of hard work. For this reason, we must up our game from this day forward and work hardest towards our goals. I know we will win if we work hardest. Trust me, we will.

‘I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have is hard work. There is really no substitute for working hard.’ – ‘Maria Bartiromo

You are free to disagree or provide more effects of hard work in the comment box below.

Have a good day. Thank You for Reading.

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I Just Realized The Top Four Proven Truths About Success

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Apart from working hard towards having a successful life, I love studying success because I always want to know what it takes to be successful. Furthermore, I study success to check if successful people faced the same challenges I’m facing.

One thing I came to learn from my personal journey and studying success is that achieving success is tough. Besides this, I also realized the four PROVEN truths about success.

  1. Personal Development is Essential for Success

Not all successful people went through personal development before they succeeded. However, most of them agree that they read and listened to personal development books and tapes. For example, Sara Blakely (Net worth – $ 1.03 Billion) revealed that she loved listening to Wayne Dyer’s personal development tapes.

Personal Development leads to success because it results in self-knowledge, self-awareness, the identification and development of talents, self-confidence, and a positive mindset. Besides this, it enables individuals to know what success requires from them hence making the journey shorter.

Personal Development is a Major Time Saver. The Better You Become, the Less Time it Takes to Achieve Your Goals.’ – Brian Tracy.

‘Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who don’t. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s because of personal development.’ – John Maxwell.

  1. Mentors Make The Journey Easier and Shorter

Mentors make the journey easier and shorter because they enable you to realize what you have to do to meet success. For this reason, it’s hard to make mistakes when you have a mentor.

As an aspiring blogger and author, I realized that my journey is a little bit tougher because I lack a mentor. It dawned on me that I have to look for a mentor so that he/she can guide me on how to make my blog successful because I waste a lot of time trying to pinpoint the best tactics for making my blog successful.

Besides this, I also realized that I needed a mentor after knowing that many successful people had individuals who guided them on their journey to greatness. For instance, Warren Buffet (Networth – $ 82.6 Billion) was mentored by Benjamin Graham, Tony Robbins (Net worth $ 480 Million) was mentored by Jim Rohn, who was mentored by Earl Shoaff.

  1. It Might Take Long Before We Meet Success

After reading biographies of successful people in various careers, I realized that it takes 4 to 10 years of hard work for one to meet success. For some, it takes a short period of time, but to most, it takes long before they see the first signs of success.

Therefore, as go-getters, we must not expect to meet success as soon as we start chasing our dreams. However, we must realize that success will eventually arrive if we’ll never quit. One thing I also realized is that all the people who decided that they wanted to succeed, and worked towards success, eventually succeeded. That being the case, we just have to be patient and confident that we’ll meet success.

The best way to be patient and to persevere when our success seems to take long is to forget about the outcome for a while and focus on improving our skills and providing immense value through our work.

  1. Mistakes are Part of the Journey

No one starts as an expert, and therefore be ready to make hundreds of mistakes on the journey to greatness. Mistakes are unavoidable because the journey is mostly based on trial and error as we never know the exact path to success.

For this reason, at some point in your journey, you will realize that you have been doing things the wrong way, but don’t beat yourself up because mistakes are part of the journey.

Recently, when I decided to read my posts, I realized that they had several mistakes. My English is poor, and some of my posts lack good sentence flow. I don’t regret making these mistakes because they make me eager to learn more about writing. Also, I understand that every successful person made mistakes on his journey. However, I’m working on making me a better writer.

Listen to Beyonce’s advice on making  mistakes.

Concluding Remarks

Therefore, we must always strive to learn from our mistakes and avoid being angry at ourselves when we make them. Mistakes are part of the journey, and we grow from them.

Besides this, we must embrace personal development, and strive to find a mentor who will guide us towards our final destination.

Finally, we have to be aware that success might take longer than we expect, and for this reason, we must practice loving the journey and forgetting about the outcome.

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