10 Oprah Money Lessons Worth Learning17 sept. 2014
At some point, just about every one of us has lost sleep worrying about money. And even when you’re in good financial shape, there are the nagging questions: Am I really doing the very best thing I can do with my finances? How do I achieve meaningful success? We’ve compiled a few finance-related quotes from Oprah herself to inspire you to achieve financial success.
1. “If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus.”
Money is important for your personal security, of course, but if you can find a job you love – work that energises you and makes you happy – you are already on the right track. When you strive to create significant experiences, success naturally follows.
2. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
Often a situation, which seems to have no favourable outcome, looks very different once you change your perspective. Make a choice to approach the marketing of your business differently or tackle your mounting debt with positivity and you might see light where previously there appeared to be only darkness.
3. “There is no such thing as luck. I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”
When someone receives an unexpected windfall, we immediately assume there must be some luck involved. It’s more proactive to remember that whatever you do today puts you in the best position for tomorrow, and “luck” could be spotting a good opportunity when you see it – that way, you’ll be prepared for greatness.
4. “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.”
Authenticity is key to building and sustaining meaningful relationships whether in professional or personal settings. When you’re starting a business, or even when you are “selling yourself” in an interview or when you’re engaging with potential clients, it’s better to be yourself. This is also true when you’re setting financial goals.
5. “Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”
Learning to trust your instincts, using your intuitive sense of what’s best for you, is paramount for any lasting success. Take in all the information you can gather, listen to proposals, ideas and advice, then go with your gut – with what feels most right.
6. “I don’t think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”
Oprah came from a difficult set of circumstances, but she has never let that stand in the way of her dreams. When you understand that you are the only person responsible for your wellbeing and future, you feel a greater sense of responsibility to yourself. Others might cheer you on, but you will have to put in the time and dedication to achieve your dreams.
7. “Failure is a stepping stone to greatness.”
At some point in your life, you will fail, but instead of thinking about defeat as the end, imagine it’s the beginning. Meet that moment, and see the potential in your challenge to teach you what you need to know to make a success of your life or your business.
8. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Think about all the experiences that fuel you and give you your juice. Often, we discover our destinies in the smallest ways – in a fascination with words, a need for justice, the thrill of teaching children. These are your clues to your purpose. The only courage you need is the courage to find and follow that passion.
9. “Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”
Most things worth having comes after hard work. Here, Oprah reminds us that to achieve success, you have to put in the time and effort. Financial goals are sometimes the hardest to achieve, but being consistent in the amount of energy you put in to your project will deliver untold rewards.
10. “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.”
Being grateful is an art to be cultivated and practiced moment to moment. Start off giving thanks for small things and you’ll see how your bounty increases. When you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money will come your way when you learn to be grateful no matter what is happening in your life.
Written by Samantha Page.