Oprah Winfrey

To this day, there has probably never been a person with much endeavor as Oprah Winfrey, somebody that I believe really went from having one of the worst beginnings that someone can possibly have, but then being able to persevere through it all and become one of the most successful beings in the history of the world. This is Oprah Winfrey’s story.

At the start, Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty due to a sexual act between a single teenage mother and a teenage father. Her parents were unmarried and when Oprah was born, they split up. This caused Oprah to live separately with her mom, her father, and her grandfather, rather than having one firm family together.

It was hard on her to spend normal amounts of money and living frugal. She had to wear clothes, sometime made out of potato sacks, a bare through being made fun of by other kids. Her mother was a housemaid, and her father was a coal miner who eventually became a barber. At an early age, she was molested, and at the age of 9, she was raped. Unhappy with her life at home, she ran away at the age of 13 and became pregnant at the age of 14. However, her baby died shortly after it was born.

Even though her childhood life was hard, she was popular and academically disciplined. She was a good communicator, a good people person, and landed a job in radio in high school. She started co-anchoring evening news at the age of 19.

At her TV station, she was the youngest anchor there. Her popularity grew. She was hired as a co-host of talk show called People are Talking. Soon, she moved to Chicago to host a morning talk show host called AM Chicago which nobody really listen to. She turned a low rating show into the highest rated talk show in Chicago. It later changed to The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the rest is history.

Since her show, she has had a wide range of prestigious accomplishments including being the main character of the movie, The Color Purple, owning her own magazine, O, and having her own bookclub. At 32, she had already become a millionaire. At the age of 41, she was at a networth of about $340 million. Even later, she became the world’s first and only billionaire. She was ranked the richest African American in the 20th century.

Like Jay Kordich, there seems to be some similarities. Which were successful people (I’m talking about really successful people) usually have had something hard as in their growing up experiences. For Jay, it was finding out that he had cancer and could have died without the proper cure. For Oprah, it was going thorugh having a unstable family, being sexually abused, and living in complete poverty.

I think both of these have a bigger drive than most other people because their past experiences told them that it was a must to become successful, whether this was living healthy, changing the world, or become wealthy and not living a life of poverty. For Oprah, it was a must-change situation, not a want-to-change situation, that caused her to go from rags to riches and to being someone who was taken advantage of to being one of the most influential women in the world.