Originally published Jun 19, 2014
A few weeks ago, while perusing Facebook I found a video of Oprah and immediately grabbed my headphones and listened. It’s Oprah and she’s talking careers. And if you know me, you know I love self-help articles, speeches, videos etc. I’m always up for a good pep talk. The hour-long interview covered Oprah’s lessons learned in life and business over her 40-year career span. I think the most important idea that you’ll receive from this interview is one of Oprah’s mantras, “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.” I think we’ve all heard the saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” And Oprah consigned, so you know it’s real! You’ll also hear one of Oprah mantras, which is to “listen to your instincts.” When Oprah speaks, you listen. I’ve now come to play this video on repeat while I work. Read on for the five most inspiring quotes from Winfrey’s speech.
On listening to your instincts
On finding our way through life
“Knowing what you don’t want to do is the best possible place to be if you don’t know what to do because knowing what you don’t want to do leads you to figure out what it is you really want,” Click To Tweet
On finding strength when you’re the only minority in the room
Always the only woman in the room. Still, walk in the room and there is a room full of white men, usually older. Usually the only black person in the room. Also never really concerned me because I don’t look at people through color. I didn’t get to where I am and who I am by looking at the color of people’s skin. I really literally took Martin Luther King at his word and understand that the content of a person’s character and refused to let anyone do that to me. And there is a wonderful phrase by Maya Angelou from a poem that she wrote called “Our Grandmothers” “I come as one, I stand as 10,000.” When I walk into a room, I will literally sit and call on that 10,000.”
On helping others with good intentions
On finding our purpose
“Your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work on that alignment of your personality, your gifts you have to give, with the real reason why you are here,’’ she said. “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.