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Things Oprah taught me.

Perhaps the most influential woman on daytime television. She has embedded some serious nuggets of mantras which have stuck with many of us. I‘ve outlined some of the key ones that have played a role in my life below.

1. Your past doesn't define you

I adore Oprah! Her story is phenomenally inspiring and her success is a direct correlation to her learnings and experiences. Born to an an unwed teen, her childhood was spent on her grandmas farm under exceptionally difficult conditions. She was molested from the age of 6 years old which sent her on a spiral downwards, which resulted in her falling pregnant at 14 and losing the child shortly after birth.

The really wonderful thing out of this horrific story is that in the end, she won. She won the hearts of the world. She inspired every girl to strive for success. By not letting her past experiences define her.

Instead of basing her identity on a previous life of poverty, abuse and self-destructive behaviour, Oprah focused on her potential and started on a new path.

2. Education is the key to progress

Oprah has repeatedly said that her Dad’s love of learning was the key to helping her turn her life around. She believed that the only way a person an truly grow is by changing their way of thinking. Ultimately that thoughts are things.She had a profound view on her life experiences and the learnings she was able to extract from them. One such experience was what she deemed a failed attempt at helping poverty-stricken families in the Chicago area. She explained her learning...

"…I came up with the misguided idea of moving families out of the projects and into new homes. Trying to show people how to build successful lives was overwhelming—I had taken for granted that they understood what it means to go to work, be on time, and make sure their children go to school and do their homework. So I failed with that idea, but I learned something invaluable: In order to make meaningful changes, you have to transform the way people think."

3. “you can choose your state at any moment.”

Most of our unhappiness evolves because we are not living in the present moment.

We are either holding on to something that happened in the past, or we are overthinking the future. I do it myself, I absolutely suck at living in the present moment.

My mind is constantly onto the next thought.

However one of the key learnings from the Big O, is that by being present and embracing the current moment, you let go of the past as well as the future and start appreciating what you actually have right now, in this very moment.

“You have the choice this very moment — the only moment you have for certain. I hope you aren’t so wrapped up in nonessential stuff that you forget to really enjoy yourself — because this moment is about to be over.”

On that note, I will leave you with this thought as you ponder the next few minutes to the rest of your life.

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


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