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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Top 6 Reasons Most People Can’t Persevere on the Journey to Success
Perseverance refers to the ability to work persistently towards one’s goals despite facing difficulties.
After studying successful people for five years, I realized they all persevered since they never gave up despite facing obstacles. Nothing stopped them from working towards their dreams.
Besides successful folks, we can also persevere but most people can’t because of the following reasons.
1.People Don’t Study Success
Studying success enlightens you that difficulties, failure, or discouragement are part of the journey hence enabling you to work in spite of their presence. Moreover, studying success shows you that only those who persist succeed hence motivating you to persevere.
Most people who never study success seldom persevere because they don’t’ understand the journey, and therefore, misinterpret difficulties. They believe difficulties are a sign of failure.
2.The Lack of Self-Confidence
Most people can’t persevere because they lack self-confidence. They doubt their abilities and skills and give up easily when they face obstacles.
Successful people persevered because they believed in themselves. They believed they could overcome obstacles and continued working towards their goals when obstacles arrived.
3.The Myth of Overnight Success
The myth of overnight success has resulted in the inability to persevere because it makes people think success comes easily. This myth has made aspirers believe that success arrives soon after they start working towards it. For this reason, most aspirers give up when they realize that they’ll have to work for a long period and overcome several difficulties before success arrives.
4.People focus on the Outcome
Most individuals can’t persevere because they focus on the outcome. It’s hard to persevere when you focus on the results because it usually takes long before we get the results we expect. People who persevere focus on the process instead of the results. They know they’ll get the results they want if they forget about them and work on improving their skills.
5.The Lack of Passion
People who hate their work seldom persevere because they focus on results and misinterpret difficulties. Furthermore, they easily get bored with their work hence making it difficult to work when they face obstacles. Conversely, passionate people persevere because they are obsessed with their work and perceive difficulty as a chance for growth.
6.Focusing on the Possibility of Failure
Focusing on the possibility of failure prevents people from persevering because it discourages them from working towards their goals when they face difficulties. It makes people think there’s no need to continue working because they might fail.
Most successful people focused on success: they believed they’ll succeed no matter what, and this belief motivated them to continue working in spite of discouragement.
It’s easier for most people to work when everything is going well. However, when the going gets tough most people get discouraged and give up. The ability to work when everything is going wrong sets successful people apart. We must, therefore, master the art of perseverance because perseverance will enable us to achieve whatever we want.
If you don’t give up you can’t fail.’ – Menna Vaan Praag, Successful Author
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5 Powerful Reasons Why Passion is a Key to Success
I once believed that we don’t need passion to succeed. However, when I started blogging, I realized that passion is a key to success. I noticed that my passion for blogging made me write articles consistently.
Besides this, my research on successful people enlightened me that successful people are passionate about their jobs. They work 24/7 because they enjoy and love their work.
These findings forced me to think deeply about the relationship between passion and success hence making me realize that passion leads to success because it:
1.Makes it Hard for You to Give Up
It will be hard for you to give up on something when you are passionate because you won’t care about the results. You’ll only care about doing your thing, and you’ll do it even when you don’t get the desired results. For instance, if you love singing, you’ll continue singing even when you only have 5 views on Youtube.
2.Makes You a Hard Worker
Passion makes you work more hours because it makes you obsessed with your work. You’ll want to work whenever you find time because you love your work. Besides this, when you are passionate, you’ll work long hours because you won’t be able to tell the difference between work and play. For you, working will be playing.
3.Changes Your Attitudes Towards Difficulties
People who aren’t passionate about their jobs have a negative attitude towards obstacles. They either see them as threats or messages from the universe that they’ll never succeed.
However, passionate people perceive obstacles as an opportunity for growth. They are always eager to overcome them, and they believe they’ll become better at their craft after overcoming obstacles.
4.Prevents You From Wasting Time
If you do what you love, you’ll be obsessed with work because you’ll be excited about it. For this reason, you’ll want to spend most of your time working, and you’ll avoid wasting time on useless activities such as gossiping or liking and commenting on Facebook posts all day.
Passion leads to obsession, which breeds focus. Focus leads to success because it increases the quality of your work as it makes you more skilled and knowledgeable. Besides this, focus prevents you from making mistakes and breeds consistency hence increasing your chances of succeeding.
People who don’t like their jobs seldom succeed because they mostly focus on getting things done. Moreover, they never reach great heights because they usually lack the motivation to improve their skills. However, passionate people have high chances of succeeding because passion increases focus, motivates them to work hard, and changes their attitude towards difficulties. And, lastly, it makes them want to work all the time hence forcing them to avoid time wasting activities.
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