7 Lessons Oprah Taught Us Through Her Most Memorable Speeches







Public speaking is a mighty tool that can inspire us and motivate us to change our lives and become a better person. One of the best motivators and inspiring person, is Oprah Winfrey. She’s a true motivator that had helped and still helping people from all over the world to find strength when the path gets rocky. Below are some of the greatest lessons from her most inspiring speeches that inspired me and I hope that will inspire you as well:




1. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction

“This is what I want to share. It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point you are bound to stumble because if you’re constantly doing what we do, raising the bar. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher the law of averages not to mention the Myth of Icarus predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”



2. Your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are

“Now when you’re down there in the hole, it looks like failure. And when you’re down in the hole when that moment comes, it’s really okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost but then here’s the key, learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are. And then figure out what is the next right move.”




3. It’s not about what you want to accomplish but why

“But the challenge of life I have found is to build a résumé that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be but it’s a story about who you want to be. It’s a résumé that doesn’t just tell a story about what you want to accomplish but why. A story that’s not just a collection of titles and positions but a story that’s really about your purpose. Because when you inevitably stumble and find yourself stuck in a hole that is the story that will get you out. What is your true calling? What is your dharma? What is your purpose?”




4. You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal: to fulfill the highest most truthful expression of yourself as a human being

“I know that you all might have a little anxiety now and hesitation about leaving the comfort of college and putting those Harvard credentials to the test. But no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointments you may encounter along the way, 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.”

“From time to time you may stumble, fall, you will for sure, count on this, no doubt, you will have questions and you will have doubts about your path. But I know this, if you’re willing to listen to, be guided by, that still small voice that is the G.P.S. within yourself, to find out what makes you come alive, you will be more than okay. You will be happy, you will be successful, and you will make a difference in the world.”







5. The way to success and happiness is number one: finding out what do you want? Who are you?

What I’ve learned is that’s a great metaphor for life, you want to be in the driver’s seat of your own life because if you’re not, life will drive you. So knowing who you really are in this space and time that we embody, that’s number one, what do you want? Who are you? 




6. Number two, you must find a way to serve

“number two, you must find a way to serve. Martin Luther King said that not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. Now we live in a world where everybody wants to be famous and where we admire people for just being famous. We think being known brings us value. The truth is all of that will fade in time...The real truth is that service and significance that you bring to your service is that which is lasting.

“using whatever is it you produce, your product, as a way of giving back to the world. When you shift the paradigm of whatever it is you choose to do to service, and you bring significance to that, success will, I promise you, follow you. Service and significance equal success. That’s number two.” 




7. Number three. Always do the right thing

“Number three. It’s so simple, but so hard to do; Always do the right thing, always. Be excellent. People notice… let excellence be your brand... When you are excellent, you become unforgettable. People remember you. You stand out. Regardless of what it is, you become an unforgettable woman and that is what we all want. We want to be unforgettable and not forgettable.”

“you do the right thing even when other people think it may not be. And oftentimes when you make a decision to do the right thing, immediately, you’re faced with doubt, was that the right thing? was that the right decision?... you always know it’s the right thing when in the end there’s peace. You are rewarded by peace and knowing that you did the right thing.”








Related: 25 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from Oprah Winfrey


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