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.
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.
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.
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 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.