Celebrities are people we hold in high esteem and more often than not, people we try to emulate. Some of them beat great odds to be where they are and in their journey to stardom, they learned valuable lessons that we too could take a thing or two from.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is undoubtedly an epitome of true womanhood. Born of a maid-teenaged mother, Vernita Lee and war veteran father, Vermon Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi United States (an economically troubled neighborhood) the talk show legend waded through poverty to become the richest African-America of the 20th century.
Oprah who was raised by her grandmother lived under terrible conditionsbut that did not deter the little girl from learning how to read and write before she was three years old. At the age of six, she went to live with her mother in Milwaukee but because of Vernita’s busy schedule as a maid, she barely had time to raise her daughter. It is then that she decided to send Oprah to live with her father in Nashville Tennessee.
When she was nine, she was raped by her nineteen year old cousin, a family friend, an uncle and her mother’s boyfriend. Little Oprah never told a soul because the predator s swore her to silence.
At the age of thirteen, the now exceptional Television pioneer ran away from home due to her years of abuse and at fourteen, fell pregnant with an ill son who died shortly after birth. This served as an eye opener to her and she went back to live with her father. Mr.Winfrey was very strict and made education the number-one priority for Oprah.
She did exceptionally well in school, was elected school president, won public speaking contest where the grand prize was a scholarship to Tennessee state university where she majored in speech communication and preforming arts. It was during her time in college that she was offered a job as a co-anchor on the CBS television station.
The Oprah Winfrey Show came into being in September 1985. It first targeted women; however her intriguing topics appealed to all genders, ethnics and ages. She helped not only broaden women’s point of view and significance but also helped realize that every human has am importance in this world.
Her show has received multiple prestigious awards. Oprah expanded her show and started releasing a monthly magazine; The Oprah Magazine whose first issue was in 2000. The season finale of her talk-show was aired on May, 25, 2011, concluding a segment of her career towards which she used as a device to inspire millions and help thousands lead a better life.
Her journey has been one of tremendous ups and downs and along the way she learned lessons (as put in her quotes) that could also inspire us in our journey in life too.
- When the odds are against you and you have the depth of clarity to listen to your own instincts and follow what is true for you, you may not be a Jay-Z but you will become the best thing that you can be.
- Luck is just a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
- Lots of people want to ride with you in the Limo, but what you need is someone who will take the bus with you when the Limo breaks down.
- Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.
- My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
- I define joy as a sustained sense of well being and internal peace-a connection to what matters.
- I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.
- I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we are not wise enough to see it.
- The big secret in life is that there’s no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work.
Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it has not changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.
I hope we can all learn a thing or two from her quotes that can help steer our lives in the right direction right?