Is having a successful life your goal? Then who better to offer valuable advice than Oprah Winfrey?
Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, Oprah Winfrey has built an empire that even the most prestigious would envy. Shockingly successful in a business sense, Winfrey is equally esteemed for the positive influence she has had on so many lives. Being in a position to interview and create relationships with some of the most powerful people in the world through her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has make it her mission to share priceless life lessons and guidance with her audience. So use the following advice we’ve collected from the Queen herself to re-invigorate your journey towards the path of fulfillment and achievement.
1. “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.”
By focusing on what you are grateful for now, you will open yourself up to receive more of what you are thankful for. Gratitude also puts you in a positive mindset, where you are able to concentrate on abundance rather than scarcity. This positive attitude can help you attract more positive things into your life.
2. “THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION IS NOT, “HOW BUSY ARE YOU?’ BUT ‘WHAT ARE YOU BUSY AT?’” ARE YOU DOING WHAT FULFILLS YOU?”
Each day it seems like the world is in even more of a hurry, people are working more hours and they’re enjoying their work less and less. Few things can bring on career burnout like a lack of purpose. Take time to refocus on your passion and your mission. Set aside some “non-negotiable” time each day for your passions, and try to bring more purpose to your daily life.
3. “I KNOW FOR SURE WHAT WE DWELL ON IS WHO WE BECOME.”
Have you ever found yourself caught in a loop of negativity, thinking about the past and failures? Dwelling on the things that you regret, which you can’t change, causes you to miss out on all the limitless opportunities that life has for you. Dwell instead on your dreams and your strengths, and your life will begin to transform.
4. “LIFE ISN’T ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE BUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO GIVE.”
At the end of the day, it’s not about the Lamborghini, the mansion, or even the high-profile contacts. People get wealthy by creating value. They give themselves and their talents to others because they know that the only lasting value you can create that will transcend your lifespan is the value you create for others. When you help others, you can’t help but end up helping yourself.
5. “LEARN FROM EVERY MISTAKE, BECAUSE EVERY EXPERIENCE, PARTICULARLY YOUR MISTAKES, ARE THERE TO TEACH YOU AND FORCE YOU INTO BEING MORE OF WHO YOU ARE.”
One of the biggest barriers to personal achievement is failing to recognize and move past your mistakes. Everyone fails, in fact, many successful people fail more than they succeed– the trick is to use those missteps as stepping stones on the path towards a positive future.
6. “REAL INTEGRITY IS DOING THE RIGHT THING, KNOWING THAT NOBODY’S GOING TO KNOW WHETHER YOU DID IT OR NOT.”
Most people do the right thing when they’re under the scrutiny of others, but it’s what you do when no one’s watching that determines your true character. You have to make the right choices for yourself, not for anyone else and not for any other reason than because it feels good to do what you know is the right thing.
7. “YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL. YOU JUST CAN’T HAVE IT ALL AT ONCE.”
Though it may seem like success happens overnight for some people, every overnight success is usually preceded by years of hard work. In order to achieve your dreams you will have to learn patience and perseverance. Its also important to celebrate the little victories along the way. Remember, success is a process.
8. “THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF ALL TIME IS THAT A PERSON CAN CHANGE HIS FUTURE BY MERELY CHANGING HIS ATTITUDE.”
It certainly is a revolutionary idea that merely having a positive attitude can attract positive events and positive people into your life. You must focus on the best things about your life and what you appreciate most about the people in your life, and you will begin to receive more of those things.
Now that you’ve heard it from Oprah, use your own common sense and experience to reveal what changes you may need to make. For instance: what are you doing now that is damaging your future, and how can you adopt a life view that will help you discover the success you dream of? Use the advice above as a launching pad, beginning a new journey in your life towards a brighter future. As Oprah says, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”