Oprah Winfrey’s Impossible to I’m Possible Story
Oprah Winfrey grew up so poor that her grandmother made her dresses from potato sacks that other kids made fun of. She was raised by a teenage single mother in Milwaukee that had to leave her in the care of relatives while she worked as a maid. Oprah was repeatedly molested by male relatives from age 9-13. She tried to run away from home so she was sent to a juvenile detention facility. She was living on her own at 14 years old and got pregnant but lost the baby shortly after he was born. Shortly after, she moved in with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. He was very strict with her but it’s just what she needed. She worked hard in school and became an honor student. She won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts. At 19, while she was a sophomore in college she became the youngest and first African-American anchor for WTVF-TV in Nashville. She left school to work as an anchor and reporter. She kept working hard and was later invited to Chicago to host a show called A.M. Chicago that was last in the ratings. In less than a year, she turned the show into a success. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show which became the highest rated talk show in history.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
The Oprah Winfrey Show went on to win 17 Daytime Emmy Awards and as an actress she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden globe, and a Tony Award. She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She is now one of the most powerful and influential women in the world. Oprah Winfrey could’ve given up early on but she didn’t focus on the impossible. Instead she focused on the possibilities. No matter what, don’t give up and keep working hard towards your dream. Oprah Winfrey is POSSIBLE and so are you!