How did a young girl born into poverty in rural Mississippi, rise to become the most influential woman in the world? While the odds of that happening may seem slim to none, Oprah Winfrey’s success proves that regardless of where you are from or what your socioeconomic status may be, you can still rise to the top.
We all know thatOprah, the media mogul, philanthropist, and entrepreneur continues to be the poster child for the highest level of success. But, what is the wisdom that fuels her path? What success secrets enable Oprah to set and accomplish goals that are beyond many of our wildest dreams?
BrandMakerNews dug deep into Oprah Winfrey’s own words to reveal 10 success secrets that will help you on your path as an entrepreneur. Let Oprah’s powerful quotes inspire you to shatter barriers in your way, as you work hard to build your own unstoppable brand.
Oprah’s Success Secrets Revealed: Ten Ways To Have Unprecedented Success…
1. Have A Clear Sense Of Purpose.
“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around.”
“I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”
“I always knew I was destined for greatness.”
“You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.”
“Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.”
2. Be Thankful For What You Have.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
“You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.”
3. Live Fearlessly.
“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.”
“I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.”
“There’s no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things!”
“I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit’s way of whispering, I’m in flux. I can’t decide for you. Something is off-balance here.”
“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.”
“I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”
4. Fall In Love With Learning.
“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”
“All these years I’ve been feeling like I was growing into myself. Finally, I feel grown.”
“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”
5. Embrace the Moment.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”
“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”
“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”
“You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.”
“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
6. Make Excellence Your Goal.
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”
“I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.”
“Be more splendid, more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.”
“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
7. Empower Those Around You.
“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.”
“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.”
“Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.”
8. Invest In Meaningful Relationships.
“The roses, the lovely notes, the dining and dancing are all welcome and splendid. But when the Godiva is gone, the gift of real love is having someone who’ll go the distance with you. Someone who, when the wedding day limo breaks down, is willing to share a seat on the bus.”
“I believe that [everyone] is the keeper of a dream – and by tuning into one another’s secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.”
“I’m so tired of the chairs. For me, it’s about getting out of the chairs and into the hearts of people’s lives. I want to expand Americans’ views of other people in the world.”
9. Be Comfortable Being You.
“Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.”
“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”
10. Recognize The Power Of Your Brand.
“Now I accept that I’m a brand. Part of my own personal growth is recognizing that.”
“Playing small doesn’t serve me. The truth is, I want millions of people. I’m not one of those people who says, ‘Oh, if I change just one person’s life … Nope, not satisfied with just a few. I want millions of people!”
Armed with quotes and success secrets from Oprah Winfrey, one of the world’s richest and most powerful women, you can go out and blaze your own path to unprecedented success.
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