Oprah Winfrey ’s success in the media world is indisputable. She went from a 19-year-old news anchor for a Tennessee TV station to a billionaire with her own television channel. However, the woman widely known as the “Queen of Media” encountered a number of hardships in the process of cultivating her media empire.
Amid criticism over the Oprah Winfrey Network’s low television ratings following its 2011 debut, Winfrey told People magazine she had reached her “breaking point.” But Winfrey overhauled the company, took on the CEO role, and went on to help make her network a fixture on cable television. Through it all, she learned some valuable lessons on how to overcome adversity. Check out her quotes below.
1. On the Inevitability of Failure
It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher and higher, the law of averages predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
2. On Failing More Than Once
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.
3. On Coping With Hardships
Now, when you’re down there in the hole, it looks like failure. When that moment comes, it’s okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. But then, here’s the key: Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are.”
4. On Failure as a Blessing in Disguise
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.
5. On the Power of “You”
Although there may be tragedy in your life, there’s always a possibility to triumph. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.
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