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What Oprah Knows

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Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American television presenter, media mogul and philanthropist. Her internationally-syndicated talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, has earned her multiple Emmy Awards and is the highest-rated talk show in the history of television. She is also an influential book critic, an Academy Award nominated actress, and a magazine publisher. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the most philanthropic African American of all time, and was once the world's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world. (From Wikipedia)

What Does Oprah Know for Sure?

When the late film critic Gene Siskel interviewed Oprah for the movie Beloved, he turned to her at the end and asked her, “What do you know for sure?”. She couldn’t answer right away and took time to think about it and then came up with the following list.

Oprah’s List of: What She Knows for Sure
1.What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)
2.You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.
3.Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
4.When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.)
5.Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
6.What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.
7.If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)
8.The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
9.Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
10.If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
11.Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn’t lie.
12.Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
13.Let passion drive your profession.
14.Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
15.Love doesn’t hurt. It feels really good.
16.Every day brings a chance to start over.
17.Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.
18.Doubt means don’t. Don’t move. Don’t answer. Don’t rush forward.
19.When you don’t know what to do, get still. The answer will come.
20.“Trouble don’t last always.” (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favorite: This, too, shall pass.)

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