Oprah Winfrey’s Triumph Over Fear, Doubt Evident In ’13 Speech

Oprah Winfrey has given a lot of motivational speeches in her lifetime, but there rarely comes an occasion where we can truly glimpse into her inner workings on a stage as grand as Harvard University’s. Insider Monkey will share some highlights of how her talk at Harvard’s 362nd Commencement earlier this year gives incredible insight into the life of Oprah.

Three-hundred and sixty two. Think about that number for a second. Before the former host of 25-year TV behemoth “The Oprah Winfrey Show” spoke to graduates of the most prestigious university in the world, top minds like Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill came before her.

While Steve Jobs may have the most well-known commencement speech when he addressed Stanford University’s graduating class in 2005, Oprah has quite a few quote-worthy moments too. See her talk in full below, and some highlights will be shared after.

Some quotes of wisdom from Oprah Winfrey from the address:

“Real progress requires an authentic way of being, honesty, and above all, empathy.”

“There’s a common denominator in our human experience. Most of us, I tell you, we don’t want to be divided. What we want [...] is we want to be validated. We want to be understood.”

“I’ve done over 35,000 interviews in my career, and as soon as that camera shuts off, everyone almost turns to me, and inevitably asks this question: ‘Was that OK?’ I heard it from President Bush. I heard it from President Obama. I’ve heard it from heroes, and from housewives. I’ve heard it from victims and perpetrators of crimes. I’ve even heard it from Beyonce in all of her Beyonce-ness.”

“From time to time, you may stumble, fall [...] I know this: if you’re willing to listen, to be guided by that still small voice that is the GPS within yourself, to find out what makes you come alive, you will be more than OK. You will be happy, you will be successful, and you will make a difference in the world.”

More points of wisdom can be found in the speech above, but it’s clear how she feels about the simple act of validation, and the motivators of passion and purpose.
Oprah WinfreyRecommended reading:

Oprah Winfrey Episodes of Controversy Still on the Air

Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The 10 Largest Pharmaceutical Companies In the World

The 10 Most Expensive Android Apps

The 9 Most Expensive Designer Bags in the World

The 7 Most Expensive Real Estate in the World

The 10 Most Expensive eBay Items Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps

The 9 Most Expensive Designer Shoes in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Cigarette Brands

The 10 Most Expensive Law Schools in the US

The 10 Best Wall Street Movies

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Clubs Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Memberships

The 10 Best Disney Characters Ever Created

The 8 Best Foods for Gaining Weight

The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the World

The 7 Most Memorable Ad Campaigns of All Time

The 7 Most Expensive High Schools in the World

The 10 Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range

The 10 Cities with the Worst Drivers in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Dresses Ever Created

10 Islands to Visit Before You Die

10 Famous Celebrities Who Needed Rehab

The 15 Countries with the Largest Oil Reserves

The 10 Most Overused Excuses in the World

The 5 Best iOS Apps You Can’t Get on Android

5 Companies Damaged By Social Media Blunders

The 10 Most Legendary Blues Songs

The 10 Most Lawless Places in the World

4 Reasons China is a Threat to the US

The 17 Most Sugary Drinks in the World

The 10 Most Ruthless Rulers in History

The 10 Greatest Generals in History

Top 8 Travel Destinations for 2015

The 10 Safest Dog Breeds for Children

The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the US

The 7 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

The 10 Best LoL Teams in the World

Top 10 Worst Marketing Campaigns Ever Produced

Top 5 Diets that Help You Lose Weight

The 10 Best Ways to Stay Awake

7 Artists That Switched Musical Genres

The 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in New Jersey

The 10 Best High Schools in New York

The 10 Countries With the Least Gender Inequality

The 6 Biggest Musician-Manager Feuds

The 10 Countries with the Cheapest Gas Prices

The 7 Most Theatrical Bands of All Time

The 8 Worst Band Breakups of All Time

The 10 Most Important South American Leaders

The 7 Most Successful Casting Show Winners

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!