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When you hear the name ‘Oprah’, the first thing that comes to your mind is, of course, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ the highest rated television program of its kind in history. With so many titles in her kitty like ‘The richest African American of the 20th century’, ‘North America’s first black multi-billionaire’ and ‘Greatest black philanthropist in American History’, this talk show host, actress, television producer and philanthropist is surely ‘The most influential woman in the world’. She is the inspiration for many but journey to become ‘The Oprah Winfrey’ was not so plain-sailing as it seems. For all those who want to be ‘Oprah Winfrey’, here is what you have to learn:
1.Start young no matter what the circumstances
Since Oprah lived with her Grandmother on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, in poverty-stricken conditions, as a child, she played games interviewing her corncob doll and the farm animals sitting around her family’s property. Her favorite recreation activity used to be play acting among the audience of crows around the fence and other farm animals.
2.Anybody can rise out of rags
During her childhood, Oprah had such paltry sum of money that she received her first pair of shoes when she was six years old. Moreover, she went to school wearing dresses made up of potato sacks which was usually chaffed by her classmates. It doesn’t matter you have exposure to opportunities or not, if you have talent, you’ll achieve them one day.
3.Flourish out of agony
Being with her mother in Milwaukee, Oprah had to live in an extremely poor and dangerous condition. Her mother worked odd jobs and did not have much time for supervision. As a result, she was molested by men that others in her family trusted started at the age of nine. She also got pregnant at the juvenile age of 14 but lost her child at an infant stage. This will be horrifying for anybody irrespective of age. But she grew out of her despair, went to live with her father in Nashville and started a new life.
4.Create the life you can’t wait to wake up to
The Oprah Winfrey Show was launched in 1986 as a nationally syndicated program with placement on 120 channels. It grossed $125 million and an audience of 10 million people by the end of very first year, of which Winfrey received $30 million. In a little while, she acquired the ownership of the program from ABC, and represented it under the control of her new production company, Harpo Productions and making more and more money from syndication.
5.Dedication doesn’t have an off-season
Then came an era, when talk shows were becoming more and more tawdry and unethical which led to a fall in Winfrey’s ratings because she was committed to keep her show free of tabloid topics. And despite of the ratings, she gained the respect of viewers and was soon escalated her popularity back. Thus, she was successful to keep her program on air from 1986-2011 with total 25 popular seasons.
6.Put your heart, mind intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Winfrey was also hired by Quincy Jones and Steven Spielberg to act in a movie based on the Alice Walker novel– The Color Purple. She has also dubbed her voice in a number of animated roles including Gussie the Goose for Charlotte’s Web (2006), Judge Bumbleden in Bee Movie(2007) and as Eudora, the mother of Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog. Even the small things you do to delight others, can be very fruitful.
7.If at first you don’t succeed, TRY AGAIN.
Conducting her first ever job on television, Oprah Winfrey was fired because she was thought to be “unfit for TV”. She recalls it as “The first and worst failure of her TV career”. But we can presume it as her Last Failure in career as well. Because once becoming famous for the wildly popular show there was nothing left to lag behind.
8.Be the person who decided to go for it
It was in 2009 when Oprah announced that her contract with ABC would be ending in 2011 and with this, she would be ending her program. Soon after, she moved to her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN. Although she faced some financial hurdles in the beginning, her network hit the headlines when it aired an interview between Winfrey and Lance Armstrong where he admitted of using EPOs and cortisones during his cycling career to enhance his performance. If you have that spark within, it will never fade.
9.With brave wings, you fly
Let me share an instance from Oprah’s life, which showed what a daredevil she is. She actually reamed out an author on national television. This happened when she launched her famous book club with “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. She also chose “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey. This book acclaimed to be a memoir but later revealed to be fiction. And when it stumbled on that the book was largely exaggerated, she thrusted him out on national television. This sounds very uneasy But she is THE OPRAH WINFREY.
10.If they break your wings, don’t forget you have claws.
Even after facing such molestation and harassment, Oprah didn’t give up. She ran away from her home to live with her father in Nashville where she starting gaining proper education and became an excellent student. She even participated in the drama club, debate club and student council. In an Elks club speaking contest, she won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. The very next year she was invited to a White House Conference on Youth. She was also crowned Miss Fire Prevention by WVOL, a local Nashville radio station, and was hired by them to read afternoon newscasts. Winfrey was Nashville’s first African American female co-anchor of evening news. She was nineteen years old and still a second-year student in college.
11.It is the size of one’s will which determines success
You will be surprised to know that how Oprah’s weight loss had fostered her limelight. Her 2005 weight loss book granted her a slot that was previously held by U.S. President Bill Clinton. It accumulated an undisclosed advance fee that set a record for the highest ever. Yes, that’s right. The autobiography of a man who received sexual favors in the Oval Office was not as much foreseen as was Oprah’s weight loss book. Winfrey also became almost as popular for her weight loss efforts as for her talk show. She lost an estimated 90 pounds and competed in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C.
12.There is no force equal to that of a determined person
Oprah is extremely popular for being a philanthropist and her love for fellow humans. Through her show and website (oprah.com) Winfrey initiated an “Oprah’s Child Predator Watch List” which helps to track down accused child molesters. So as to make more and more people awarded of this serious issue, she even revealed her own experience of being molested by her cousins and uncles since she was 9 years old. Her family refused to accept her truth but despite of this she fought to protect children from sexual abuse through her show.
13.If you expect it to LAST, don’t expect it to come easy
After completing her graduation, Oprah joined WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, for doing local news updates and soon she was abided by a new level, the morning talk show ‘Baltimore Is Talking’ with cohost Richard Sher. AFTER SEVEN YEARS, on the show, the general manager of ABC Chicago affiliate saw her in an audition tape and hired her. Winfrey moved to Chicago in 1984 and took over as anchor on A.M. Chicago. This morning talk show was not doing very well in the ratings. When She hold the charge, she changed the theme of the show from traditional women’s issues to current and controversial (debatable) topics. And to your surprise, after 1 MONTH the show was rated as Donahue’s show. Three months later, it rose up more. It happened in September 1985 when the show was renamed as ‘the Oprah Winfrey Show’ and was expanded to 1 hour.
14.Nothing’s far when one wants to get there
Oprah also starred in and produced a film based on Toni Morrison’s book. To prepare for her role in as Sethe, which was a protagonist in Beloved and farmer slave, Winfrey actually made herself get a 24-hour slave experience by having her tied up and blindfolded and left in the woods for 24 hours.
15.Find inspiration from others but determination is solely your responsibility
Oprah credits her grandmother for guiding her towards her success and also believes that Hattie Mae gave her the inspiration to speak up in public, giving her that confidence and positive self-esteem. But it was her determination that led her towards her success. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) by President Barack Obama.
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