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You don’t inspire others by being perfect. You inspire them by how you deal with imperfections. Unknown

Last night I listened to a Podcast by Oprah she talked about her early life. How one day at four years old her Grandmother was hanging clothes on the line and her Grandmother said. “You need to watch and learn you’ll be doing this someday.”

Oprah said it was like there was a voice in her head that said, “No Grandma, I won’t.” When I listen to Oprah’s story it seems like she is a child of destiny.  When her baby died she was fourteen and her father said, “You got a second chance; I don’t know why you got a second chance but make the best of it.”

She says she doesn’t believe in luck, she believes in preparation for the opportunity. When we are prepared and the opportunity arises, if we take the opportunity presented, and we find our passion and purpose we are off to doing and becoming what we are meant to do and become.

I’ve always felt a kinship with Oprah. She was starting the Oprah show and I was starting my marriage. This is the magic of Oprah, she made a lot of us feel she understood the challenges, questions, and insecurities we have. She talked about the things we wanted to talk about. She has faith and she’s willing to talk about it, but not too much, she doesn’t hammer it over our heads.

But a role model in the flesh provides more than inspiration; his or her very existence is confirmation of possibilities one may have every reason to doubt, saying, “Yes, someone like me can do this.” Sonia Sotomayor

It seems to me she’s never allowed anyone to hold anything over on her. When people pried into her life and found things she might not be proud of she owned them and we loved her for it. We too have things we aren’t proud of, maybe we wouldn’t own them as she did, but she gave us the courage to think we might.

I picked up a book called The Speed of Trust and this is what Oprah has. We trust her to be her best and to help us be our best. Has Oprah ever whined about anything? I can’t remember once. She broke through so many stereotypes to be who she is. Many of us have probably wondered how do we become an Oprah? The answer of course is we can’t. She realized early on she couldn’t be a copycat Barbara Walters even though Barbara inspired her greatly. She could be the best Oprah she could be.

It seems Oprah took all the good advice given to her and built her life around it. The Podcast last night ended I think when she was twenty-two. I will continue listening. Podcasts are great because unlike TV we can do something else while we listen and learn.

I listened to Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life as I gardened last year. There are many great podcasts we can listen to while we do some of the things we need to in our life. If we watch TV there goes our night of exercise, pulling weeds, creating art, or any number of valuable pursuits.

Our life is what we make it. Each day we have twenty-four hours. Over forty years we see what we’ve done with those days. More days spread before us, what will we do with them? What will the next five, ten, twenty, or forty years look like?

It seems Oprah has never stopped learning; she isn’t just rehashing what she has always done. Her journey continues and that might be what inspires us the most.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. You are a leader. John Quincy Adams

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader. John C. Maxwell

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