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Take Career Cues From The Queen, Oprah Winfrey

For so long, Oprah Winfrey has stood in the forefront, along with so many women leaders and influencers, fighting the fight of the women in this still vastly patriarchal society. Her powerful and goosebump-inducing speech at the Golden Globes when she received her Cecil B. DeMille only goes to show how she is able to inspire so many people and inspire so many changes in the society.

Oprah has given so many good speeches and insights to last a lifetime. If one was to compile all her public appearances, that's basically already a How to Live Your Life Right playbook right there.

She has not only established herself as a colored woman in a world ruled by white men. Oprah was able to build herself a media empire from scratch, at a time when she is most disadvantaged because of her gender and color. So if anybody tells you that you achieving something is impossible, just because of your roots, then maybe you can slap a huge Oprah on their faces.

For anyone looking for a good advice or two to jumpstart their career, or just to get inspired, here are a few words from the queen herself.

 

On personal satisfaction

When Oprah was trying to build Harpo productions, her very own television network, she said that she kept a gratitude journal for a decade straight, where she would write down all the things that she was grateful for for that day.

She said, “You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots."

 

On failure

Even the great Oprah Winfrey found herself misstepping or falling down. Not everything is going to be a win. But what she believes in, that every person should take with them as a piece of career nugget, is that there really are no wrong paths.

“There is a supreme moment of destiny calling on your life. Your job is to feel that, to hear that, to know that. And sometimes when you’re not listening, you get taken off track. You get in the wrong marriage, the wrong relationship, you take the wrong job, but it’s all leading to the same path. There are no wrong paths."

 

On aging

People are always in fear of getting old and getting outdated. As younger and seemingly better people come into companies, older people tend to feel more insecure. But Oprah has got the perfect advice for you: own your age.

"We live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we are not young, and we’re not glowing, and we’re not ‘hot,’ that we don’t matter….I refuse to let a system or a culture or a distorted view of reality tell me that I don’t matter. I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life. Every year should teach you something valuable; whether you get the lesson is up to you. Every year brings you closer to expressing your whole and healed self."

 

On self-acceptance

Insecurity is a demon in many people's lives. Many people underwork and underperform because they don't have enough confidence to tell themselves or others that they're good enough for a job.

Oprah believes that the key to success is acceptance and self-empowerment.

“The truth is, I try not to let other people define for me whether I have power or don’t. I ended the show, and then there were a whole bunch of people who said, ‘Oh, you don’t have power anymore.’ But the truth is, I know who I am, and the thing about power for me is that it’s connected to a source that’s obviously greater than myself. Any time you can connect to the source and understand that that’s where all of your energy, your creativity, your joy and your triumph come from, I consider that to be authentic power.”