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Oprah's Thoughts on Success

Oprah Winfrey Quotes on Leading a Successful Life


2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 2
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  • The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.

  • Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.

  • For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.

  • I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.

  • I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.

  • I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

  • What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only your own life, but in other people's lives.

  • You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once.

  • You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.

  • The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

  • 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.

  • What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.
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