Oprah Winfrey: Challenges To Success In Life's Life

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration because of the substantial challenges that she had to overcome in her life in order to accomplish all that she has, both in her personal and her professional life. I have always been fascinated and inspired by individuals that overcome great obstacles in their life and are able to achieve greatness. This is the reason that I have chosen to write about Oprah Winfrey. She has achieved so much in her life and she did this with fierce determination, dedication to her goals and a willingness to work hard.

One of the first obstacles that Oprah Winfrey had to overcome in order to achieve her success was her family background and upbringing. Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi
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She has often said, “I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose lover over fear.”( Lowe) By 2012 she had given away an estimated $400 million dollars to educational causes, given more than 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and has created the Oprah’s angel Network that is a charity that supports charitable projects and provides grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. The list of children, adults, and organizations that she helps grows each year. Learning about the details in Oprah’s early life have taught me that no obstacle is to great to overcome if you want to succeed in life. I am inspired by how Oprah takes events from her personal life and used them to not only motivate herself, but to help motivate and heal others in the world. She has done this with her weight issues. Throughout her career, she has talked to her audience about her struggles with weight gain. Rather than use obstacles in her life as an excuse to fail, she uses them as a reason to succeed. When I encounter any problem, whether small or large, in both my personal and my professional life, I will use these as motivation to say to myself, “Fine, this is your problem, now, find a way to fix it.” There is a quote that Oprah has said several times in her life that I will use as a motivational tool for myself, “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude..” (Cooper

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