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The Motivational Story of Oprah Winfrey

Sexually abused at 9; Ran away from home at 13; pregnant at 14; Beauty queen at 17; abused drugs in her 20s; first black American woman on National T.V in America and Millionaire at 32. It sounds strange but true…. Oprah Winfrey success story.

According to him,

Early Life and Education  Oprah Winfrey success story.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most respected Black American women in the world.  She started life as a deprived black American girl in the poor city of Kosciusko, Mississippi to unmarried lovers. She started her early education in the kitchen of her grandmother because her maid mother could not afford formal education. Her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, was so poor that Oprah often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which the local children made fun of her.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Childhood days

At 14 after the death of her son shortly after his birth; Oprah was shipped off to her father Nashville Tennessee. His dad was strict and made education her priority. She went on to high school and became the teachers’ pet.  But that did not stop her falling into some tumultuous relationships. That introduced her back to hardship.

According to him,
Determined to make her life work, at 17 she entered a local beauty pageant and won Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She become the most popular girl in school. Oprah also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time.  Worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.


Oprah Relocates to Chicago Oprah Winfrey success story.

In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV’s low-rated half-hour morning talk-show, AM Chicago. The first episode aired on January 2, 1984. Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to overtaking all talk-shows as the highest rated talk show in Chicago. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to a full hour, and broadcast nationally beginning September 8, 1986. (Lesson Learned: you are only a failure if you fail to try)

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Today 26 years later; Winfrey is “arguably the world’s most powerful woman” by CNN and, “arguably the most influential woman in the world” by the American Spectator, “one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th Century” and “one of the most influential people” of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Time.

According to him,
So it is not how highly placed your birth is but, what you decide to make of your life. If you sit down and wallow in self pity you would amount to nothing and life would move on without you. Remember, it is not over until you say so.

See also the Malala Yousafzai’s Motivational story.


29 thoughts on “The Motivational Story of Oprah Winfrey”

  1. Mary Aguero says:

    I also understand this story although I’m not famous I am doing great

  2. Veronica Jackson says:

    I so admire Oprah. I only wish I had been half as smart as her. But it’s way too late now, at almost 62, I have nothing to show I ever even lived except my son , who I had at 14,
    & unmarried then married a man at age 15,well 3days before I was 16. I worked in several sewing Rooms,making
    very little money this was in 1972. I had dropped out of school which killed my father who had been a drunk and had turned his life around and became a minister of God and no other man was greater than he was in my eyes. He passed away in 1974 from cancer. And from then until now has been hell!

  3. Mark says:

    I am doing computer class and online training

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