Oprah Winfrey’s unprecedented success from very humble beginnings to unbelievable heights of success and popularity has made her a source of inspiration for people in America and all over the world.

Today we are sharing with you these amazing success tips from Oprah Winfrey, one of the most inspiring women in the world.

1. Aim for Excellence

The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.

– Oprah Winfrey –

Oprah says that in order to be truly successful, you really need to push yourself to give your best at all times. The common approach of doing as little as required in order to get the job done is not going to you get you too far in life. You need to aim for excellence and focus on doing the best that you can.

2. Learn From Failure

I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.

– Oprah Winfrey –

One major difference between the successful and those who lead an ordinary life is simply this: successful people learn from their failures, while unsuccessful people dwell on their failures and use them as an excuse for why they have given up.

As Oprah says, the trick is to enjoy the journey towards reaching your goals, regardless of the outcome. Both success and failure are good teachers, both make you a better person.

3. Success is not a Goal

What I know for sure is that if you want success, you can’t make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work towards being significant, and the success will naturally follow.

– Oprah Winfrey –

What Oprah means here is that success by itself is never really a good goal. You will practically end up doing nothing if all your focus and energy is consumed by the thoughts of becoming successful.

Your focus and energy needs to be devoted to the task that you are performing. Like Oprah you need to make an honest attempt on being at your best and excelling in your field of interest.

How can you adapt this principle in your life? Ask yourself what your ultimate goal is, and figure out what will make you excel in the field of your interest. Once that is done, always keep the focus on being the best and excelling in whatever you do on a daily basis – Success. Money and fame will follow you, as it has done in the case of Oprah.

4. The Big Secret

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.

–  Oprah Winfrey –

This is one of my favourite quotes from Oprah, it will save you a ton of time if you can really understand this quote and practically believe in it.

Most of us are simply unwilling to put in the time, hard work, and dedication required achieving our goals. We would rather like things to magically fall in place, without any effort on our part. But in truth, there is no shortcut to success; it is simply a matter of hard work, dedication and focus.

5. You need to be prepared in order to benefit from Luck

I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

– Oprah Winfrey –

This is possibly the best definition of luck. It isn’t always a coincidence or luck as we commonly seem to believe. People who seem lucky are just far more prepared than everybody else. They were able to grab those opportunities and even make use of half chances, because they were better prepared and already looking out for those chances.

In comparison, those who are not ready and unprepared will simply be unable to recognise the very same chances and lucky breaks in life.

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6. Find out what you Love Doing

I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

– Oprah Winfrey –

According to Oprah, one of the best ways to achieve lasting success in life is to identify what you really love doing the most and see if you can offer this as a service to others.

Those who are truly successful are driven by their true calling, they have found the purpose of their life and figured out as to what really drives them, inspire them into action, day after day.

7. Would You Work on this thing For Free

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

– Oprah Winfrey –

Is there something that you love doing, so much that you would not mind even if you were not paid for doing this work. This is one of the most common trait in successful people, they just keep doing what they love to do, success, money and fame just follows.

Here it is worth mentioning that most us work at our jobs to pay the bills and naturally end up doing the same for the rest of your lives. In order to transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary, you need to discover something that comes naturally to you, makes you happy, something that you can go one doing without ever getting tired or bored.

8. Passion Creates Energy

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

– Oprah Winfrey –

Passion comes naturally to most of us when we are working on something that we love to do. That passion is energy, and it is nearly a limitless resource. You need to learn to tap into this energy, feel it empowering you and use this power to propel yourself to the next level and much beyond.

9. You Need to Work Hard

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

– Oprah Winfrey –

There are really no short cuts in life, hard work is the only sure way to achieve success and realise you dreams.

If you want to be a writer, you need to write every day. If you want to be a musician, you need to make music and work to improve yourself every day. If you want to get a major promotion, you need to hand in exceptional work – As simple as that!

10. Never Undervalue Yourself

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.

– Oprah Winfrey –

There is great truth in this success tip from Oprah. There is no way that you will come across as confident and worth taking seriously if you undervalue yourself.

You need to be convinced and feel what your true worth is, only then you can convince others to value your work and pay what you are worth.

Source: Oprah.com
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