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Oprah Winfrey’s Life-Changing Advice On Failure

We’re caught in our ‘little person mind’

Oprah Winfrey has had one of the most successful careers of anyone in American media. She has changed countless lives through her “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” given millions to philanthropic efforts, and has even been nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in The Color Purple. But among her successes she also also weathered the storms of failure. She was fired as a TV anchor early in her career at WJZ Baltimore and just recently turned around her OWN TV network after its rocky beginnings.


In a recently-recorded video, Oprah shares what she’s learned from her failures and how we can use them to navigate our personal roads to success. In the video, Oprah explains how when we’re caught in our “little person mind” and “not centered” we easily get flustered and stressed. But when we get centered we can hear the little voice in our head that reveals our ultimate destiny. Winfrey also says that when we’re off track in reaching our goals – whether it’s the wrong marriage or the wrong job – we know because we feel off when we’ve taken a detour. And the way through the challenge is to get still and ask ourselves “what is the next right move?”

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