I'm almost certain that every black girl sees Oprah as a symbol of success. For many of us, it is not because she is rich or famous or intelligent or kind or honestly the coolest person imaginable. I feel it is because, despite all these phenomenal traits,  she manages to live her truth. And as I grow the more I realise that this is what true success means to me, especially because every day I am having to make conscious decisions that will contribute to the career I want at this point in my life.

Deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life or the majority of your life is tricky, it is something that you can not do alone. You need guidance and advice from people you care about, be it family, friends, career advisers, mentors or inspiration figures.

Oprah has always been the latter for me and anytime I am in need of inspiration I read her work, listen to her interviews and hear her tell the story of how she got to where she is now. Here are some of my favourite quotes from about her career path:

  • On Excellence - “The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.”
  • Live your truth - “Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”
  • Significance - "The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance -- and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning."
  • Faith - "Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe."
  • Growth - "Turn your wounds into wisdom."

Jasmine x