Oprah’s Best Quotes on Career & Life

"I know what it means to be poor. “I know what it feels like to be abandoned. I know what it feels like to not be wanted. I know what it feels like to not be love, and yet have inside you a yearning, a passion, a desire, a hope for something better." ~Oprah

Oprah’s story begins on a rural acre in Mississippi where her grandmother raised her for the first 6 years of her life. Her grandmother’s biggest hope for her was that she would find some good white folks who treated her right. As early as 4-5 Oprah knew that particular life was not for her.

Despite the tremendous odds against her go on to become one of the richest women in the world with a life and career of her dreams.

Before she became the billionaire mogul we know today, Oprah’s first job was as Kirby Vacuum Cleaner sales solicitor. She began her broadcasting career at WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school. At the age of 19, she became the youngest person and the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV.

In 1984, Oprah moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago, which became the number one local talk show surpassing ratings for Donahue just one month after she began. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. It entered national syndication in 1986, becoming the highest-rated talk show in television history.

In 1988, she established Harpo Studios, making her the third woman in the American entertainment industry (after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio. The Oprah Winfrey Show remained the number one talk show for 24 consecutive seasons, reaching more than 40 million viewers a week in the United States and was licensed to 150 countries internationally.

After 25 years, she started her own network. In 2008, Oprah and Discovery Communications announced plans to create OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, a multi-platform media venture designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives.

Oprah has achieved more than anyone thought was possible for her life. Even more incredible she's done it in such a way that no one can question her integrity. She's created the life and career of her dreams by simply being true to herself and living in the purest and highest form of herself. We should all be so blessed to do the same. Here are Oprah’s best quotes on creating the life and career of your dreams.

On Career

Work Hard

"Know what you want and be willing to work as hard as anybody who’s ever lived to get it." –Oprah

Seek Significance

“If you shift the paradigm of your life to not how much money I can make, or how successful can I be but to significance. How can I be significant through the service I have to offer?” –Oprah

Illuminate the world

“You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way can illuminate the world.” –Oprah

Know what you don’t want to do

“Knowing what you don’t want to do is the best possible place to be if you don’t know what to do. Because knowing what you don’t want to do leads you to find out what you want to do.” -Oprah

Listen to your Instincts

“I have from the very beginning listened to my instinct. All of my best decisions in life have come because I was attuned to what really felt like the next right move for me.” –Oprah

Prepare for luck

“My definition of luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity.” –Oprah

Align Purpose & Personality

“Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.” –Oprah

On Life

Be clear on your intention

“I live by the third law of motion in physics. I know that what I’m thinking and therefore going to act on is going to come back to me. I don’t do anything without being fully clear on the intention.” –Oprah

Embrace challenges

“All the great lessons come from the things that are challenging.”-Oprah

Validate People

“I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show, and all 30,000 had one thing in common: The all wanted validation…I would tell you that every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire.” –Oprah

You have been called

“I happen to know for sure that every human being comes called. The calling goes beyond the definition of what your job is. There is an innate supreme moment of destiny for everybody.” –Oprah

Learn from your life

“Your life is your greatest teacher.” –Oprah

Know where you come from

“I come as one, I stand as 10,000, I will literally sit and call on that 10,000.” –Oprah