10 Inspiring Success Quotes From Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a household name, who is known all around the world for her talk shows, her inspiring quotes and attitude, her entrepreneurship, and her philanthropy. Raised in poverty, she now has a net worth of $3billion, an amount she has acquired through dedication, determination, perseverance, and no shortage of moxie. Despite her difficult start in life, she is now arguably one of the world’s most influential women, and is referred to by many as the “Queen of Media.”

Oprah Winfrey is also a well of wisdom. And although she is clearly an astounding entrepreneur, examples of her wisdom are not strictly limited to business people. Indeed, her inspiring quotes for success are universal and can be applied to everyone’s life. Let’s take a look at 10 of these insightful soundbites.

“The thing you fear the most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.”

     – Oprah Winfrey

Have you ever had a niggling worry that you might be seriously ill? For days, weeks and months it plays at the back of your mind, before growing like a tumour to dominate your mental landscape. You can’t think about anything else other than the fact that you might be seriously ill.

You don’t go to the doctor because you fear what they might tell you; after all, they’re the only people in the world who can tell us we’re dying. Instead, you reason that you might not be ill – but also that you might be ill.

The only way to rid yourself of your anxiety and your fear is to confront the issue at hand. Find out for sure what is really going on and liberate yourself from your chains.

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

     – Oprah Winfrey

So many people wrongly assume that success only comes to privileged people who have successful parents. And so they stick to their mundane 9-5 jobs.

Success is there for anyone. As Oprah says, there really is no secret; all you need is a dream, an idea, a long-term goal, and a work ethic. The results will follow.

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”

     – Oprah Winfrey

Everyone has failed at some point in their lives. Even Oprah Winfrey has “failed”. Despite her WLS morning cooking show seemingly performing well, she was told that it had no future beyond Chicago.

Had Oprah felt like a failure, she would have been defeated at this point. But she took defeat like a Queen, and used it as a lesson.

Failure should be seen as a teacher, and not the end of the road. The process gives you the opportunity to learn many things. You should use failure as the opportunity to improve, iron our mistakes, and grow.

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”

     – Oprah Winfrey

Perhaps you picture yourself living in a Penthouse by the sea. Perhaps you think this is just a whimsical daydream that will never be a reality.

But why not? All successes start with a dream. There is no reason why you cannot become what you believe.

“Nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It’s just life’s way of saying, ’time to change course.’”

– Oprah Winfrey

Lots of people are afraid to change course. They would rather stay within their comfort zone than leave it. They would rather try a little than try hard. But success doesn’t come by trying a little bit; it comes from stoic determination and hard work.

Sometimes, to get to the top, you have to make changes in your life. Perhaps you have to move house, change careers, or even give up friendships. There will always be something that causes you to stumble on the early road to success, and it is this something that needs to be looked at and altered.

“If you don’t know what your passion is, realise that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.”

     – Oprah Winfrey

If you haven’t found your passion, now is the time to find out. Life is too short to drift through it listlessly, watching box sets and hitting the gym. Find your true calling before it’s too late.

“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.”  

     – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has built a career by standing up for her principles and what she feels is right. She hasn’t sold-out to corporations who want her to promote their products on her TV show. She was once asked to promote a major soft drink but refused. Such integrity is what has earned her global appeal; fans love her realness, because it is something they can relate to.

Contrary to popular belief, people don’t want plasticity. They want someone who is going to stand up for their principles. To be successful, you need authentic traits; you need to have integrity and honesty. You should have principles that you all defend to the hilt. As Oprah points out, success is a choice, and to achieve it you need to work hard, and you need to be honest with yourself, as well as with others.

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” 

     – Oprah Winfrey

This quote can be taken literally or metaphorically.

Let’s say your a sports player who has a hand injury. Why not use this opportunity to do some workouts with your weaker hand?

Let’s say you’re laid up in bed for a month with illness; why not use this opportunity to read extensively, sharpening your mind?

Wounds are always an opportunity to learn.

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

     – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah clearly has something she wants to say to the world; she has used her TV show as a platform to highlight injustices and fundamental issues with America. She works hard at her job because she has passion for it, and she cares.

You might think that lots of successful people are in it solely for the money, but you’d be wrong.

Oprah is an entrepreneur, and successful entrepreneurs put money at the back of their mind. They do what they do because they want to change the world in some beautiful way. Steve Jobs was a Buddhist who believed in the Eightfold Path. One of its key elements is Right Livelihood, which means living for something beautiful. Jobs didn’t want to create a flimsy product merely to make lots of money; he wanted to create something beautiful. Money was just an afterthought.

“Doing your best at this moment puts you in best place for the next moment.”

     – Oprah Winfrey

Give tomorrow every chance to be a success by working hard today. Set a precedent, raise the bar. If you don’t, tomorrow won’t thank you for it.

What are your favourite Oprah Winfrey quotes?

Stay happy!

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