Why I Like Oprah
Kid Reporter celebrates her Women’s History Month hero
Is it possible to have a troubled childhood and overcome it to become one of the most powerful women in the world? Oprah Winfrey did just that. While many people use their past as an excuse for their failure in the present, Oprah Winfrey used her hardships to energize her and motivate her to succeed.
As a Kid Reporter, I have found great inspiration in Ms. Winfrey because she is a successful journalist. That’s why I am celebrating her accomplishments for Women’s’ History Month.
Today, she is considered one of the most famous woman in the world. In the beginning, however, it was not an easy journey.
Life for Ms. Winfrey was difficult when she was young. She spent her first six years with her grandmother on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She moved to Wisconsin with her mother where she was abused. She ran away from home and at age 13 was sent to a juvenile detention center. With no beds available there, she was sent to Nashville to live with her father. He was very strict, but instilled in her the love of reading and learning.
Ms. Winfrey managed to navigate her way to her goals and began her broadcasting career when she was only 17. She studied speech and communications at Tennessee State University. Before the Oprah Winfrey Show was launched, she was a news anchor and hosted a successful local talk show in Chicago, now her home.
Achieving her goals wasn’t enough for Oprah. She also wanted to help others achieve their own dreams. She decided to inspire other people to do their best in life and always brings experts on her show to help people learn.
Ms. Winfrey has earned numerous awards for her amazing work. Time Magazine named her one of the most influential people of the 20th century. Her Angel Network helps people in need and she opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa so that they can have great opportunities as well.
Ms. Winfrey doesn’t just complain about what is wrong—she finds a way to make improvements and inspires others to do the same.
“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from,” Ms. Winfrey says. “The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”
That’s why I am celebrating Oprah Winfrey for Women’s History Month this March. Who do you look to for inspiration? Click on the blue comment below and let us know!
PHOTO: Oprah Winfrey (center) celebrates the opening of her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. (Photo Credit: Jerome Delay/AP Images)