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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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16 Sensational Quotes by the Rich and Famous That Prove Hard Work is the Secret to Success

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I have written twice, on why hard work is the secret to success because I believe that hard work works. Today, I compiled quotes I noted down from books, songs, interviews, and speeches of some of the world’s famous millionaires to prove that these folks really believe in hard work.

Here are they

  1. ‘I never cried, never complained, I just worked hard. To get to where I got to in life, it has been hard work.’ – Mayweather, boxer, (Net worth – around $ 700million).

 

  1. ‘I represent being sucker-free, being positive, and working hard. I don’t hate on anybody, I’m not a negative individual, and I just wake up and I just try to work the hardest I can work.’ – Puff Daddy, American Rapper & Entrepreneur (Net worth $810 -900 million)

 

 

  1. ‘I just kept at it. I work, work, work, work. I hate lazy people, I hate laziness.’ – Nicki Minaj, Rapper & Singer (Net worth – $ 70 million)

 

  1. ‘They always tell me nobody is working hard as you, and even though I laugh it off men, it’s probably true coz when all my friends are out partying I’m just here making music that they party to.’ – Drake, Rapper (Net worth – $120 Million).

 

 

  1. ‘Dreams don’t work unless you do.’ – John C. Maxwell, American Author & Pastor (Net worth – $ 700 million).

 

  1. ‘I have brothers like Rick Ross, and Wayne who are working like non-stop. I think we all push each other harder.’ – Drake, Rapper (Net worth – $120 Million).

 

 

  1. ‘I have never viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping, I’m working, while the other guy is eating, I’m working. – Will Smith, Actor (Net worth – $250 million)

 

  1. ‘Ignore the naysayers, and WORK LIKE HELL.’ – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor (Net worth – $ 400 million)

 

 

  1. ‘If you want to win, there is absolutely no way around hard hard work.’ – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor (Net worth-$ 400 million).

 

  1. ‘Work-hard, and who knows maybe someday you’ll find yourself standing on the stage, or maybe someday somebody will give you an award calling you an innovator.’ – Justin Timberlake, Singer – Songwriter (Net worth – $230 million).

 

 

  1. ‘I had no money to go to college so I had to work three jobs, and I learned a work ethic that I think made me who I am. I am a very hard worker, I am not the smartest kid in class, but just in terms of being clever and having hustle, I think my career proves that I’ll get it done no matter what – Jason Calacanis, Internet Entrepreneur (Net worth – $20 million).

 

  1. ‘Work-hard every waking hour if you are starting a company because if somebody else is working 50 hours and you are working 100, you will get twice as much done in the course of the year.’ – Elon Musk (Net worth- $ 20 billion)

 

 

  1. ‘I think there is no secret to success. It’s all about hard work. It’s about going out there and practicing more than your teammates or opponents.’ – Alex Morgan, Footballer ($ Net worth – $3 million ).

 

  1. ‘Talent without hard work is nothing.’ – Christiano Ronaldo, Footballer (Net worth – $400 million)

 

 

  1. ’If you think you can make it without working, you are making a mistake. If you are not going to work hard forget about it.’ – Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor (Net worth – $ 400 million).

 

  1. You have to work. I work every day and this is why I’m in the top level. It is not by coincidence it’s because I put extra-work outside the field.’ – Christiano Ronaldo, Footballer (Net worth – $400 million)

 

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6 Types of People Who Progress Faster

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It recently dawned on me that even after working, praying, and believing, the progress towards success is usually super-slow for most of us. However, there are six types of people who seem to get ahead faster. These guys make quick progress, and for this reason, everybody around them believes they will succeed. These guys are ordinary individuals with exceptional characters.

Here are they:

  1. The Passionate

Passionate individuals progress quickly because they are obsessed with their work. They work all the time without getting tired because they enjoy their work, and don’t perceive it as work. Their work ethic makes them progress quickly because they do more things within a short period.

A passionate person working 16 hours a day is more likely to get ahead faster than an individual working 10 hours day.

  1. The Strong Willed

Strong-willed people are highly determined folks who will do whatever it takes to succeed. They progress quicker because nothing can stop them on the road to success. Obstacles never slow them down because they will do everything they can to quickly overcome them.

Besides this, they never waste time thinking of past or possible failures because they only focus on achieving their goals. They fully utilize the present moment and do whatever it takes to meet success.

  1. Highly Self-Disciplined Individuals

Highly self-disciplined individuals progress faster because they work even when they don’t feel like working. Passionate individuals might progress slower because they might stop working when discouraged or when they don’t feel like working. However, self-disciplined individuals, work even when demotivated, and they don’t need huge doses of motivation for them to keep moving forward.

Furthermore, self-disciplined individuals progress quickly because they seldom get distracted. They never allow anything to stop them from getting things done.

  1. The Risk-Takers

Risk-takers fail a lot. However, they get ahead faster than those who play safe when their risks pay-off. Risk takers also learn to overcome the fear of failure hence resulting in them progressing quickly because they try out many things, and fail forward. Lastly, risk takers learn a lot from taking risks, and they also meet many opportunities that come from risk-taking.

‘Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.’ – Frederick Wilcox

  1. Emotionally Intelligent Individuals

Emotionally intelligent folks progress quicker because they know how to relate to people. Also, people love to do business deals with them because they are supportive and likable. They, therefore, get ahead faster because they can team up with many individuals and work towards a common goal.

  1. Individuals who focus on one thing

Individuals who focus on one thing progress quicker than those who invest their efforts in many things/projects. Many individuals usually progress slower because they have a plan B which they also work on because they fear that plan A might fail. Little do they know that having a backup plan slows them down because it divides their attention.

If two people want to succeed in music, and one dedicates all his time on music, while the other one only practices music for 5 hours a day, and uses the rest of the day to work on another project that might provide income in case he fails in music, which of the two will progress faster?

People who have backup plans move slower because they focus on failure and they never trust in their dreams/projects, and abilities. They mostly concentrate on things that will help them in case of failure. However, people who die with one plan/project often succeed quicker, because they believe in themselves/their projects, and they give them 100% of their time and effort.

‘There is no reason to have a plan B because it distracts you from plan A.’ – Will Smith

Concluding Remarks

I always wondered why some people progress quicker than others. For this reason, I studied a number of successful people and I realized that passionate, strong-willed, disciplined, risk-taking, emotionally intelligent individuals, and those who focus on one thing often succeed faster than the rest of us. However, there are many more types of people who get ahead faster, and you are free to mention them in the comment box below.

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