One of the strong women on this earth, who is a great role model for all of us when it comes to living our purpose, and making a great impact, is Oprah Winfrey.
Yesterday Oprah received the an honorary doctorate from Harvard University at the same occasion as she delivered the 2013 commencement address to the university's graduating class.
During her speech she shared what she had said the first time she expressed her dream: "I want to become a journalist. I would like to tell other people stories in such a way that they make a difference in their life and in the world." The Oprah Winfrey Show was created, and was on the top for 25 years.
The key takeaways from the story of for was:
1. It doesn't matter how far you might rise, you will at some point fall. When you do: there is no such thing as failure. It is just life, trying to move us in another direction.
2. Learn from every mistake. Every experience is there to teach you and show you who you are.
3. When you fall and find your self stuck in a hole. That is the story that will bring you out.
“You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one, and that is this: to fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you.”
The key to doing that, she said, is to develop your “internal, moral, emotional GPS that can tell you which way to go.”
Wish you walked in Oprah's shoes? Three years ago, Oprah made a big closet clean-out and auctioned 150 pieces of clothing, accessories and shoes to the benefit of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.
The reason for the the big auction of shoes, was that she discovered that she's actually a size 11 shoe, not a size 10, so her collection of items that was auctioned included beautiful shoes that were too small and in great shape in the size 10 range from Prada and Jimmy Choo to Ralph Lauren.
Despite all the success and the established person she is, she is still grounded and down to earth. As she expresses herself:
"I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes." - Oprah Winfrey
Stand tall - in comfort and style!
The LLXLLQ Team