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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The 5 Major Stages You Must Go Through When Chasing Your Dreams
After studying the biographies of many successful folks, I realized that all of them went through the same stages of dream chasing regardless of their socio-economic status. I summarized these stages into five stages which I believe you’ll also go through if you are chasing your dreams.
Here are they:
Stage 1 – Idea
Here, you’ll give birth to a great idea that you’ll want to turn into reality. For instance, if you are an aspiring writer, you’ll want to turn your thoughts into a best-selling book, and if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll discover a wonderful business idea which you’ll want to turn into a successful company.
Stage 2 – Enthusiasm
After discovering the idea, you’ll visualize the life you’ll live when you’ll achieve your dreams, and you’ll tell your friends and family about this life. You’ll then research on how you’ll turn your idea into reality, and you’ll start working enthusiastically because you’ll want to live your dream as soon as possible.
Stage 3 – Disappointment
After working for a period of 6 – 18 months, you’ll be disappointed because you’ll make little progress despite working hard. For instance, if you are an aspiring vlogger, you’ll realize that getting 10,000 subscribers is not easy, or if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll be disappointed because your business might fail to make profits.
Besides this, you’ll realize that dream chasing demands funding, but few people are willing to support you. Primarily, you’ll realize that it might take longer to achieve your dreams. These challenges will make you want to give up.
Most people quit chasing their dreams at this stage.
Stage 4 – Perseverance
If you really want to achieve your dreams, you’ll decide to persevere. You’ll face obstacles fearlessly, and you’ll commit yourself to overcoming them. Besides, you’ll avoid everything and everyone that might prevent you from achieving your dreams. Also, rejection, failure, and naysayers won’t stop you from working hard.
You’ll also realize that only those who persevere achieve their dreams, and you’ll work like hell. Moreover, you’ll strive to make the journey enjoyable so that you don’t give up.
Most folks make their journey enjoyable by making friends with like-minded people.
Stage 5 – Success
After working for a long period without quitting, you’ll become highly skilled, and many people will love your services/products. If you are a writer, many people will be willing to buy your books, and if you are a businessman, people will be interested in your products. You’ll then use the money you’ll earn to buy whatever you want and travel wherever you want. You’ll be so fulfilled.
It’s easy to dream, but difficult to achieve dreams. Most people quit when they realize they’ll have to work for a long period before they achieve their dreams. Only those who persevere succeed because they never give up. We must thus join the perseverers if we want to boost the chances of achieving our dreams.
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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.
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 thus 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 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 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.
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 people to work towards their goals when everything is going well. However, most people get discouraged when the going gets tough. The ability to work when it gets tough is what sets successful people apart. We must, therefore, master the art of perseverance.
If you don’t give up you can’t fail.’ – Menna Vaan Praag, Successful Author
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