Oprah Winfrey – Inspiration, Success & Life Lessons

“I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who, from an early age, knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”

About Oprah

Oprah Winfrey was born January 29, 1954. She is a loved, well-respected and award winning American talk show host, Actress, Producer and Philanthropist.

Oprah has risen from a childhood of poverty and abuse and is a self made Billionaire. Forbes estimates her worth at $3 Billion and according to them, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century. Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation. In 2005, Business Week named her the greatest Black Philanthropist in American history. (Oprah’s Angel Network has raised more than $51,000,000 for charitable programs.)

In 2009, Oprah received an honorary Doctor of Humane letters degree from Duke University. The theme of her speech to the graduating class was ‘the best way to enhance your own life is to enhance somebody else’s.’ She notably said, “you really haven’t completed that circle of success unless you have helped someone else to move forward.”

In November 2013, Oprah was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama awarded her the honor for her contributions to her country.

In the same year, she also received a second honorary degree. This time it was an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard. On that occasion, she told the graduating class to ‘max out your humanity.”

Her life serves as a true inspiration of what hard work, tenacity and dedication can achieve and how to live a purposeful and honorable life.

Top 10 Rules for Success According to Oprah

  1. Understand the next right move.
  2. Seize your opportunity.
  3. Everyone makes mistakes.
  4. Work on yourself.
  5. Run the race as hard as you can.
  6. Believe.
  7. We are all seeking the same thing.
  8. Find your purpose.
  9. Stay grounded.
  10. Relax, it’s going to be okay

Watch this inspiring 10 minute film of Oprah sharing some amazing life lessons and her top 10 rules of success.

Credit: Evan Carmichael

Oprah Winfrey – A beautiful collection of inspirational quotes

Purpose, Passion, Work, Goals & Dreams

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

“What I know for sure is that if you want success, you can’t make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant, and the success will naturally follow.”

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

“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”

“The way you step up your game is not to worry about the other guy in any situation because you can’t control the other guy. You can only control yourself. It’s like running a race. The energy it takes to look back and see where the other guys are takes energy away from you and if they are too close – it scares you. Don’t waste your time in the race to see where the other guy is and what he’s doing. It’s not about the other guy, it’s about what can you do. You just need to run that race as hard as you can.  You need to give it everything you can for yourself.”


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

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Self Love

“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.”

“Work on yourself to fill yourself up and keep your cup full. I use to be afraid of that and now i embrace it. It’s only when you are full that your cup runneth over and I have so much to offer and give. I am not afraid of honoring myself.”

 Contribution, Gratitude & Giving

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

“What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.”

“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.”

“Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life’s blessings.”

“What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.”

“The best way to enhance your life is to enhance somebody else’s.”

“You really haven’t completed that circle of success unless you have helped someone else to move forward.”

“Max out your humanity.”

Power of Focus & Law of Attraction

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”

“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see it.”

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”


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

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”

“I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.   Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

“I don’t believe in luck. For me luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity. There is no luck.”

“I believe that every single event in life happens is an opportunity to choose love over fear.”

Fear, Failure & Determination

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

“You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be or anything you used to do. Because who has lived and hasn’t made a mistake?”

“You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.”

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

“So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.”

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


“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.”

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

Choose friends wisely

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

“Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

“Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us.”

Self Belief & Life

“I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.”

“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”

“We are each responsible for our own life – no other person is or even can be.”

“Be more splendid, more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.”

“Use what you have to run toward your best – that’s how I now live my life.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.”

Personal Growth

“Your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work on the alignment of your personality, your gifts that you have to give with the real reason why you are here.”

“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”

“The way through a challenge is to get still and ask yourself ‘what is the next right move?'”

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”

“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”

“The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.”
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

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

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”

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