Posted April 25, 2014 by Editorial Staff in 2014

Oprah Winfrey at Stanford: Career, Life and Leadership

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During a student-led interview at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Oprah Winfrey shares seminal moments of her career journey and the importance of listening to your instincts. Winfrey also offers advice to students on how to find their calling: “Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.”

Oprah Winfrey: “Align Your Personality With Your Purpose and No One Can Touch You.”
The former talk show star offers career and life advice at Stanford Graduate School of Business.


prah Winfrey was so young when she started working as the late-night anchor on WLAC-TV in Nashville, Tenn., she still had an 11 p.m. curfew at home. Yet she was so successful at reciting the news on camera at age 19 that she quickly received an offer from a television station in Atlanta that would have quadrupled her salary, bumping it to $40,000.

Her manager in Nashville tried to keep her: “You don’t know what you don’t know,” he told her. “You need to stay here until you can write better, until you can perfect your craft as a journalist.”

Winfrey stayed — not because she was afraid to take on a new challenge, she says, but because “I could feel inside myself … that he was absolutely right.” And, at that moment, like many of those that led her to become one of the wealthiest women on earth and one of its most generous philanthropists, Winfrey “started listening to what felt like the truth to me.”

That included figuring out that she was better at chatting up ice cream vendors than covering murder and mayhem, knowing that she would not win a discrimination suit she considered filing early in her career to fend off a boss who was “drunk with power,” and realizing that, after 25 years, it was time to end her wildly popular daytime talk show and start her own network.

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