Learning from Oprah

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I can say that Oprah Winfrey’s life is one big roller-coaster ride that defines her as a person. The media giant was born in the poor rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi. Although she had a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was sexually abused, and a spiraling turn of personal experiences thereafter, Oprah got on her feet and was able to rise above it all. She speaks about her life through the shows she creates, the words she utters, and the future she envisions for others.

She brings meaning to her life by living in these words: “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

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I admire her for her multifaceted philosophies in life, which Quora summarizes in the following key elements:
• Taking control of your own life
• Giving importance to your choices and thoughts
• Living your dreams

She empowers people to move into action and realize the value of their lives. She has a way of telling them that each man is responsible for his own life and not anyone else. As she puts it, “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. This is your moment. Own it.”

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Lou Habash is a philosophy professor at King’s College. More related topics are available on this Facebook page.

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