Bor­row Oprah’s suc­cess se­crets!

From her renowned resilience to her leg­endary em­pa­thy, Oprah’s suc­cess se­crets can be ap­plied to ev­ery facet of your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life to boost your joy and en­sure that you ful­fill your in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial!

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1Reach all your goals by em­brac­ing “fail­ure”!

In a re­cent speech at Har­vard, Oprah de­clared, “There is no such thing as fail­ure. Fail­ure is just life try­ing to move us in an­other di­rec­tion.” And she knows that di­rec­tion of­ten leads straight to the stars! Af­ter be­ing fired from her first job as a news re­porter for be­com­ing “too emo­tion­ally in­vested” in her sto­ries, Oprah re­vealed she felt ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. But that set­back soon led to an­other job host­ing a strug­gling talk show, one she quickly turned around, thanks to the so-called fail­ure she’s now fa­mous for: her emo­tional in­vest­ment in oth­ers! ● Make Oprah wis­dom work for you! When faced with set­backs, Oprah has said that she lets her­self get up­set for a max­i­mum of half an hour be­fore de­vis­ing a plan to get back on track. Stud­ies show that in­stinct is spot on: Giv­ing your­self a “vent­ing dead­line” is proven to help you bounce back and re-fo­cus on tak­ing steps to reach your goal.

2In­crease your con­fi­dence with quiet re­flec­tion!

"You will get nowhere with­out a spir­i­tual prac­tice,” Oprah told the grad­u­at­ing class of Agnes Scott Col­lege in Ge­or­gia last May. Though she doesn’t con­sider her­self re­li­gious in the tra­di­tional sense, she prays ev­ery night and takes a few deep breaths to cen­ter her­self. This “slow­down time” helps her ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of ev­ery mo­ment.

● Make Oprah wis­dom work for you! What­ever you choose to do— pray­ing at bed­time and breath­ing away stress like Oprah, or, say, just star­ing at the stars in the sky— be sure to pen­cil it in on your daily to-do list, just as you would any other im­por­tant ap­point­ment. While any me-time is ben­e­fi­cial, only rou­tine prac­tices lead to long-term ben­e­fits, such as in­creased en­ergy and su­per-sized con­fi­dence!

3In­spire and em­power oth­ers by show­cas­ing your EQ!

The most vi­tal trait in a great leader, per Oprah? Emo­tional in­tel­li­gence (EQ), which starts with com­pas­sion. “Lead­er­ship is about em­pa­thy,” she has said. “It is about the abil­ity to re­late to and con­nect with peo­ple for the pur­pose of in­spir­ing and em­pow­er­ing their lives.” Proof Oprah knows best: More than 500 ex­ec­u­tives deemed lis­ten­ing at­ten­tively, work­ing eas­ily with oth­ers and be­ing gra­cious to be a bet­ter pre­dic­tor of suc­cess than job ex­pe­ri­ence or IQ!

● Make Oprah wis­dom work for you! Up­dat­ing your ré­sumé? High­light ex­am­ples of team projects, im­prov­ing cus­tomer re­la­tions or ne­go­ti­at­ing a deal. Re­cruiters rate these “soft” EQ skills the most valu­able be­cause they can’t be taught in school; they are nur­tured from within!

4Get hap­pier with grat­i­tude!

Oprah has been keep­ing grat­i­tude jour­nals for years, long be­fore study af­ter study proved their health and mood ben­e­fits. In fact, she writes down five things she’s grate­ful for ev­ery day, from bit­ing into a sweet peach on a hot sum­mer day to spend­ing time with and hav­ing a fun con­ver­sa­tion with her BFF Gayle King. Proof it works: In re­cent stud­ies, not­ing just three things they were grate­ful for daily for 30 days boosted study par­tic­i­pants’ hap­pi­ness 25%, slashed their stress 27% and im­proved their re­la­tion­ships and pro­duc­tiv­ity! In Oprah’s words: “Be thank­ful for what you have; you’ll end up hav­ing more. If you con­cen­trate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

● Make Oprah wis­dom work for you! Max­i­mize the ben­e­fits of a grat­i­tude jour­nal by jour­nal­ing the way Oprah does— in the morn­ing. Re­call the lit­tle things that brought a smile to your face the day be­fore and jot down the ones you an­tic­i­pate en­joy­ing to­day, say, that great first cup of cof­fee or lis­ten­ing to your cat purring as you snug­gle to­gether. Get­ting your grat­i­tude mojo go­ing in the a.m. spurs you to be on the look­out for pos­i­tiv­ity all day long— lit­er­ally rewiring your brain for greater op­ti­mism!

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