How do they do it?
How do some people achieve such meteoric success? Not just financial success but career fulfilment and personal fulfilment too.
Success on all levels.
Despite starting from the most humble beginnings.
Of course, I’m talking about Oprah.
She’s been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th Century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and she’s currently North America’s only black billionaire.
And yet she experienced extreme hardship in the first two decades of her life. The sort of hardships that many people find insurmountable.
She was born into poverty and raised by a Grandmother who’s highest hope was for her to become a maid to people who would treat her kindly.
She experienced considerable adversity during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.
And yet she now has an estimated net worth of 3 billion USD, and many people regard her as the most influential woman in the world.
How did she do this? She had rules for success. Here they are, so you can use them too.
Oprah’s Top 10 Rules For Success
1. Understand The Next Right Move
Just know your next right move, and do that.
One step at a time is a recipe for success, and there’s no such thing as failure.
“Failure is just there to point you in a different direction.” Oprah
2. Seize Your Opportunity
There is no luck.
“Nothing about my life is lucky. Nothing. Luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.” Oprah
Life is about preparation, and being prepared to make the most of the opportunities you receive.
If you’re not prepared for the opportunity, you can’t make the most of it. So prepare yourself and then seize the opportunities that come your way.
Everything that happens in your life is preparing you for the moment that’s to come.
3. Everyone Makes Mistakes.
Don’t be scared of making mistakes – everybody makes mistakes. The key is to learn from them.
“You don’t have to hold yourself hostage to who you used to be or anything you ever used to do. Who has lived and hasn’t made mistakes?” Oprah
Oprah used to give over her power to people who didn’t mean her well. But she learned that it was within her control to stop giving that power away.
Each time you experiences a setback, ask yourself what you can learn from it.
Your real work is to figure out where your power base is and to work out the real reason you’re here.
Once you’ve worked that out – start doing it. Start giving the world your gifts, but remember to keep working on yourself.
“The number one thing you have to do is to work on yourself and build yourself up and keep your cup full.” Oprah
5. Run The Race As Hard As You Can.
It’s not about anyone else, it’s about you running your race as hard as you can.
Everyone has competition. Every season that The Oprah Winfrey Show was on the air other talk shows would come out.
According to Oprah, over a hundred other talk shows came out while she was on the air. And every time she would think “Alright, gotta step up our game”
She did that by not to worrying about anyone else. She knew she could only control herself – not the competition.
The best athletes know not to look back at the competition when they’re racing.
“You just need to run that race as hard as you can. You need to give it everything you’ve got, all the time, for yourself.” Oprah
Oprah’s grandmother was a maid, and her hope for Oprah was that she would become a maid and have the opportunity to work for some good people.
But Oprah had another dream.
Somewhere deep inside she knew she wasn’t going to be a maid. She knew she wasn’t going to do other people’s laundry.
“That belief, that that would not be my life is what I held on to for the longest time. I just – no matter what – believed that there was something bigger, better, greater for me.” Oprah
7. We Are All Seeking The Same Thing
Oprah believes there’s no difference between you and her.
“Everybody wants to fulfil the highest, truest, expression of yourself as a human being.” Oprah
Some of us do that through dentistry, some of us do it through business.
We can achieve it through many different means, but we’re all seeking that same thing.
A lot of people don’t know their purpose.
“If you don’t know your purpose, your immediate goal is to figure that out.” Oprah
If you don’t’ know your true purpose, or your why, you’re just blundering about in the dark.
The moment you figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, it’s like a light goes on.
And the sooner you figure out what you’re supposed to be doing, the sooner you can start doing it.
9. Stay Grounded
Keep yourself grounded no matter how high you soar.
“My life is fuelled by my being and the being fuels the doing, so I come from a centred place.” Oprah
Always seek to understand others, and have others understand you. Stay connected to people, particularly those most important to you.
Keep your feet on the ground.
10. Relax, It’s Going To Be Okay
We all get scared. Life, and building your dreams can be overwhelming.
Taking the risks you need to take to achieve success can be petrifying.
It is for every single person who goes after their dream.
“I know how scared you are. If I could say anything to you, it would be ‘Relax, it’s going to be OK’”. Oprah
So now you know Oprah’s top 10 rules for success you can use them to your advantage.
Find your purpose. Believe in yourself. And run that race as hard as you can.
You can do this. You can create success. You are just as much a winner as anyone else.
Now go and win.
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