25 Oprah Winfrey Quotes to Empower and Inspire You

Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, producer and philanthropist.  She was born into poverty to a teenage single mother, and raised in inner-city Milwaukee.

Her story is full of ups and downs, epic highs, and crashing lows. The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated TV program of its kind in history and earned her the title of “Queen of All Media.” Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America’s first black multi-billionaire. As well as making her exceptionally wealthy, Oprah has used the power and influence she has gained in the media to help others and has been ranked as “the greatest black philanthropist” in American history.

In this post we will learn more about her inspiring story and read her words about success, happiness, wealth, and growth.

Here are 25 Oprah Winfrey Quotes to Empower and Inspire You.

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

On Failure and Moving Forwards

Oprah may be extremely successful in the media business now, but like most people she started at the bottom. During high school, she landed a job working on the local radio station before making the switch to television. In 1976, aged just 22, she was co-anchor of the six 0-clock news on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV. However, a year later she was removed and forced to work lesser jobs at the station. The producer told her that she didn’t have “the look” and therefore wouldn’t be able to “connect” with the viewers.

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.

Where there is no struggle there is no strength.

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.

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.

In 2013, Oprah Winfrey was the commencement speaker at the 2013 graduations at the University of Harvard. Her speech was inspiring and encouraging to the new graduates, because it talked about her failures as well as her successes. Rising from a background of poverty and need, often told that she would not succeed, Oprah offered her own, unique brand of advice about failure to the audience:

It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point you are bound to stumble… If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, the law of averages, not to mention the Myth of Icarus, predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.

 On Dreams

Oprah is often said to be the perfect embodiment of living the American Dream. She is certainly extremely successful and wealthy, and has faced plenty of adversity. Many of her quotes are inspired by her struggles and speak directly about following your dreams. In interviews, Oprah has spoken frankly about the abuse she suffered as a child and teenager, and about her own experience of teenage pregnancy and losing a baby at just 14 years old.

But she has also made it clear that these early experiences never had the power to hold her back. From the beginning of her career, Oprah has been focused on finding her talent and pursuing her dreams.

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.

Don’t worry about being successful, but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.

Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that.

Anything you can imagine you can create.

On Success – Financial and Personal

The Oprah Winfrey Show broadcast for the first time on national TV on 8 September 1986 and quickly became the number-one daytime talk show in America. TV columnist Howard Rosenberg said this about Oprah:
“She’s a roundhouse, a full course meal, big, brassy, loud, aggressive, hyper, laughable, lovable, soulful, tender, low-down, earthy, and hungry.”

This down-to-earth, emotional and inquisitive nature is the key to Oprah’s success, which has continued for three decades. What started out as a tabloid talk show slowly transformed into something much bigger – a show dealing with charity work, substance abuse, cancer and heart disease, and many other things besides. Oprah’s background and the struggles she faced in her early life have meant that, however rich or famous she has become, she is as comfortable with ordinary people as she is with celebrities.

The reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute been money.

Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.

The more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because – for sure – what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.

What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfils you, the rest will come.

Use your life to serve the world, and you will find that it also serves you.

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

On Life

The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for the last time in May 2011.  However, we still talk about her show, and Oprah herself is more successful than ever. The reason for this is because Oprah has never stopped evolving. As an actress, she has stared in or voiced characters in many films and TV shows – from The Color Purple to Crash, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and A Wrinkle in Time. She is also a writer, has her own magazine, and appears on the radio on her very own XM station.

Many of the quotes included in this post show just how important Oprah has become in the field of self-help and self-improvement. She is often recognized as one of the most influential people in the world because so many people are still inspired by her story and her success.

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

 

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.

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