Oprah Winfrey is an incredibly successful talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist who is worth billions of dollars after creating her own very successful business whilst making other people’s lives better
Her advice to other entrepreneurs looking to do the same can be very useful and here we have compiled some incredible eight lessons from some of her powerful quotes which will help you in your entrepreneurship and life journeys.
1. Trust your gut instinct
Your gut instinct isn’t perhaps always the correct one.
Sometimes after re-thinking a situation, you have more time to think and make a better choice.
Although, it’s said that your gut instinct on something is normally the right one, or at least the one you won’t have any regrets about.
Oprah Winfrey acknowledges that she has always trusted her gut instinct with any of the major changes in her life, including her T.V show.
In business and life it’s very important that you make the right decisions, and having a little faith in yourself and your gut might make the differences you need.
2. Focus and plan on helping others
Far too many businesses are only in it for themselves and are not really interested in helping others or satisfying any of their needs.
Oprah set out to help others as well as build a profitable business for herself, and by setting out to help others, she benefited herself.
It’s important to focus on the needs of others, and in particular in business, your potential customers.
Products that solve a problem or need that others have are far more popular for obvious reasons, in comparison to those that they may just want.
3. Never make money your priority
Success is much more likely to come your way if you’re in it for the right reasons, and money is not one of them.
The right reason should be because you love what you are doing, because in the end your ultimately happy with how your spending the time you have.
Any money that comes from it is just a huge bonus.
To become wealthy is one of the reasons why most people start a business, and that’s still a valid reason to start one, but it shouldn’t be the only reason why you’re doing it.
The love and passion for something motivates people a lot more than money could. And so it’s easier to stick with something you love for long periods, than something you hate but that pays a lot.
4. Always learn how to turn negatives into positives
There’s no escaping negative aspects in life sometimes.
You’re likely to experience some sort of failure if you’re trying to achieve something fairly difficult.
Building a business is incredibly hard work and I’d be surprised if you nailed everything perfectly first time.
You need to be able to turn these negative issues into positives. In other words you need to be able to take your failures or mistakes and learn what you can from. In order to stop them from happening again.
Failure is still experience and should be thought of as getting closer to your dreams in the long run, instead of having to start from scratch.
5. Nothing worth having in life comes easy
If you’re expecting it to be easy, it won’t be. Your dreams are dreams for a reason.
It’s the ultimate peak you want to climb to in your lifetime; and it’s likely that at the moment of deciding exactly what you want in life, you were fairly far away from achieving that vision.
The point is that if you expect to become successful in your chosen area, you can’t give up just because you don’t get anywhere within a few months. And you can’t skate by doing the bare minimum.
Work your ass off!
6. Surround yourself with people you admire and wish to be like
It’s a true fact that the individuals you spend the most amount of time with, you become like. You start to think like them and do the same things as them, since you’re hanging out with them.
So if their habits, thoughts and weekly activities are destructive to what you’re trying to achieve you will struggle.
Go out and meet new people who have the same goals as you. They’re the ones working hard and trying to adopt the same productive habits you have. So you will benefit greatly from spending your time with them.
7. It all starts with the belief
Almost everyone who’s ever been successful decided at some point that they were just not destined for the average life. They had the belief that the world had something of a much higher power planned for them.
You have to believe that you too can achieve greatness and that you will be able to live your dreams out one day.
That strong conviction in something goes a long way when you’re putting all your effort into something.
It definitely makes the difference between whether you’re a success or a failure.
8. Be proud of yourself
Many people adopt these thoughts that they can’t do something because of how they look, their personality or their voice, so they try to be something they’re not. Which is where things start to go wrong.
There is nothing wrong with who you are. The idea that you look like or come across in a certain negative way to people isn’t true.
Be proud to be yourself and people will begin to recognize you for who you actually are, and that’s how you start to make a proper name for yourself and who you are.
It’s very easy to see through all the fakes, and it lowers everyone’s trust in them. Just be yourself!