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.
- 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.
- 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.’
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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If You Are Chasing Your Dream, You Are Fucked
This article is strictly meant for all those fucked up folks chasing their dreams. I always give you guys good news, but today I have bad news for you.
I believe you’ve put yourself in serious trouble by deciding to pursue your dreams because you have no choice but to persevere the hardships that all dream chasers face. You’ll have to endure the sleepless nights, anxieties, doubts, the feeling of giving up, and all other ‘negative’ things associated with dream chasing.
The good thing is that you can avoid these hardships by giving up. However, if you give up, you’ll have to live with deep regret and severe depression for the rest of your life because you’ll see people who were less skilled than you achieving what you gave up on.
Let’s say you want to be a rich and famous actor, and you know that you have higher chances of achieving this dream than most people. However, you give up after facing various challenges. A few years later, you see the people you knew were worse than you becoming award-winning actors. How will you feel?
You’ll feel bad, and people will notice it, and they’ll remind you that you had a better chance at succeeding yet you gave up.
That being said, it’s clear that you are fucked if you are following your dreams because you’ve set yourself for either regret or facing the many obstacles dream chasers face.
You’ll live with regret if you give up, and if you don’t give up, you’ll have to work hard till the day you’ll succeed. You’ll have to make lots of sacrifices, face criticism and rejection, force yourself to work every single day and experience slow progress even though you are working your ass-off.
I’m sorry for you dear because as a dream chaser, there is no turning back since you are like someone who landed on an island and burned all his boats. You just have to face the hardships dream chasers face or give up and drown in depression, stress, and anger forever. Either Way, You Are Fucked.
It’s horrifying, but it’s the damn truth. Following your dreams isn’t all fun and games, and so is living with REGRET and drowning in alcoholism because you gave up.
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5 Proven Factors That Can Make Your Hard Work As Useless As A Politician’s Brain
I’m a firm supporter of hard work, and I believe success is impossible without hard work. However, I believe some factors can make your hard work useless. These factors might make you fail regardless of how hard you work.
Here are they:
- Playing Safe
Hard work and playing safe equals frustration and lack of progress. Hard work only works if you take risks because taking risks opens you up to many opportunities which can result in you making huge steps in your career.
Therefore, be ready to be left behind if you are a risk-averse hard worker because you’ll always avoid taking advantage of risky opportunities that your competitors will exploit.
‘Travelling on a risk-free road, unfortunately, won’t get you to any important destination.’ – Ernie Zelinski
- The Lack of Uniqueness
Your hard work will be as useless as shit if you don’t stand out. In the book, Purple Cow, Seth Godin explains how your business or project might fail to attract customers if you don’t offer unique services or products. Today, the competition is tough, and your talent or business won’t get noticed if it is not unique. To be noticed, you have to offer something unique the way Lana Del Rey does it in the music industry. You have to be remarkable and different because no matter how hard you work, you might fail if what you offer is common.
- Poor Social Skills
Your hard work might be as useless as trap music if you don’t have the right connections. Poor social skills prevent you from having the right connections because they push people away. Besides this, they prevent you from effectively networking hence reducing your chances of success. Conversely, good social skills attract success because they make you a good networker who attracts people with the right connections.
- Poor Health
No matter how hard you work, you won’t succeed if you neglect your health. Poor health leads to failure because it results in decreased energy and focus levels. Besides this, poor health increases your chances of contracting diseases that might force you to regularly take long breaks from your work hence preventing you from being consistent, thus leading to failure.
- A Poor Team
If you are working on something with two or more people, your hard work will be useless as my high school diploma if your partners are lazy, unfocused, risk-averse, stupid, egocentric, weed-smoking, alcoholic idiots. These folks will always drag you ten steps behind every time you make a huge step forward. Besides this, you will also waste lots of energy and time trying to make them a suitable team.
All people who succeeded after working with a team did so because they worked with team members who were as determined and focused as them. Therefore, realize that your hard work will be wasted if you have a poor team.
Working hard and still failing is a depressive thing. Therefore, we must always pinpoint the factors that can make us fail regardless of our hard work. I believe there are many other factors that can make an individual’s hard work useless. You are free to add these factors to the comment box below.
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