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DEAR OPRAH…: Media Mogul, Oprah Winfrey Writes A Letter To Her 19-Year Old Younger Self!

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I try to do this every year…at year-end (if I can remember to)!

Check out the letter Oprah Winfrey wrote to her 19-year old self for the latest issue of O magazine.

Here is what the 58-year-old Oprah had to say the the 19-year-old Oprah. They both cover the upcoming issue of O mag!

Read on….

Dear beautiful brown-skinned girl,

I look into your eyes and see the light and hope of myself.

In this photo you are just about to turn 20, posing outside the television station where you were recently hired as a reporter. You’re proud of yourself for getting the job, but uncertain you’ll be able to manage all your college classes before 1 and arrive at the station by 1:30 for a full day’s work. Even so, your biggest concern is how to manage your love life with Bubba. Yes, you are dating someone named Bubba.

On this day you’ve brought him to the station to see where you work, hoping he’ll be proud, too. He seems less than impressed. The truth is, he’s intimidated. You don’t know this, though, because you can see yourself only through his eyes. A lesson you will have to learn again and again: to see yourself with your own eyes, to love yourself from your own heart.

You’ve spent too many days and years trying to please others and be what they wanted you to be. You will have to learn that the wounds of your past—rape, molestation, whippings for “stepping out of place,” and not being allowed to show anger or cry afterward—damaged your self-esteem. Yet through it all, you’ve held on to a belief in God and God’s belief in you.

That will be your single greatest gift: knowing there is a power greater than yourself and trusting that Force to guide you.

The trajectory of your life changed the day you answered the call from Chris Clark, the news director at WLAC-TV. Your response was ignited by the words of your then-favorite Bible verse, Philippians 3:14. “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Knowing there is a “high calling” is what will sustain and fulfill you.

From where I sit now, viewing your journey, there are few regrets. Only months before this picture was taken, you wrote a poem about a “woman becoming.” Even then you understood that success was a process and that moving with the flow of life and not against it would be your greatest achievement.

Love you deeply,


Watch the 58-year old media mogul share some wisdom on her media empire with her BFF, Gayle King and Charlie Rose in an interview with “CBS This Morning”:
The idea of creating a network was something that I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else.
I did not think that it was going to be easy but I knew then what I know now, I might have made some different choices. If I were writing a book about it, I could call the book, “101 Mistakes”. The top 5 would have been launching when we were not ready to launch….I would have waited until I actually finished the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Lorne Michaels said to me “you have no idea what you are stepping into…”
On things written about her that are not flattering:
Because if you believe all the good stuff, then you have to believe when people write things that are not flattering.
I believe I am here to fulfill a calling. I am a female who is African-American, who’s been so blessed in the world, there’s never going to be a time to quit. I will die in the midst of doing what I love to do and that is using my voice and using my life to try and inspire other people to live the best of theirs.
…because you failed does not make you a failure and when you know that in the core of yourself, you can keep trying or you can use whatever happening in that moment to say, “Maybe I need to move in a new direction.” Actually, I feel better about out network OWN today then I ever have.”
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Via O Magazine & NecoleBitchie

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