Written by Sneda Agrawal
I don’t think there’s a person in the world who hasn’t heard of Oprah Winfrey and her incredible success as a daytime talk show host, actress, and philanthropist. She overcame difficult circumstances early in life in order to chase her dreams and she’s a person of integrity who never ever gave up. She’s now worth billions. As the saying goes “successful people leave clues”, below are some of her proven tips.
1. Understand the right next move
If you want to move forward in life, but are being faced with problems and difficulties, the best thing to do is calmly choose the right next move. Then move forward and pick the right next move again and again.
2. Seize your opportunities
Oprah claims she doesn’t believe in luck. She says that luck is “preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.”(2) When you are prepared for your moment, magical things happen. You will have experiences in your life that will prepare you for your magical moments.
3. Realize we all make mistakes
Oprah reasons there’s no reason to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be. You can change. You can adapt. You can overcome your past. You don’t have to be that person anymore. The sooner you accept that you can change and become better, you will grow in grace as you realize that everyone makes mistakes in life– and that’s ok.
4. Work on yourself
The best way to keep going is to keep your own cup full– which means you are actively building yourself up. Oprah encourages you to find your power, your gifts, and your talents and then to work to improve those things about yourself.
5. Run the race as hard as you can
Oprah’s advice for getting ahead is to stop worrying about what your competition is doing. Don’t look back while you’re running to see how close they are. Don’t even worry about them! You run your own race and run it as hard as you can(3) and everything will work out.
Oprah recalls a time as a child when her grandmother was hanging clothes on a line and telling her to pay attention because someday she would have to hang clothes on a line too. Oprah says she was only 4 or 5 years old at the time, but in that moment, she knew that would not be her life. She just knew that she would do more and be more and wouldn’t be hanging clothes on a line to dry. She believed in herself from that day forward.
7. We are all seeking the same thing
As humans, we are all trying to find our highest, truest self. Oprah’s success came in large part because she was able to recognize early on that no person was better or worse than she was, but that we are all seeking the same thing (4) and that we are all equal.
8. Find your purpose
“If you don’t know your purpose, then that needs to be your number one goal.” Life without purpose is a life that wanders to and fro without any goals or objectives and without really accomplishing anything. Figure out what your purpose is– why you were sent here– and then do it!
9. Stay grounded
Oprah’s show, and all the other things she’s gone on to do because of it, came because she was always able to stay grounded. Her greatest desire was to connect with other people, to show them compassion and kindness and her viewers could relate to that. Be the kind of person that other people look up to you (5) and you will do a great deal of good in this life.
10. “Relax, it’s going to be ok.”
Oprah wrote a letter to her younger self and in it, she recalls when she landed her first big job as a reporter. In a photo, she looks calm and smiling, but on the inside she was feeling very nervous. Oprah tells her younger self to just, “Relax girl, it’s all going to be ok.” It’s easy to worry and stress, but remember that you will look back with fondness on those moments. They are the moments that make you who you are.