8/14/2019 The Story of Oprah Winfrey
Kancil EducationKANCILS MOTIVATIONAL SERIES
Beloved kancil students, Oprah Winfrey saga is one of the finest story of rags to richest.Every Kancil student, especially the girls, should emulate her life principles and attitudeto succeed in life.
Born illegitimate to teenage parents in 1954, she spent her first six years living with her grandparents in
her native Kosciusko, Miss. Eventually, she moved in with her mother in Milwaukee. At age 9, she wasraped by an older cousin and was then abused by other relatives during the next several years. Acting
out, she became a wild child and got pregnant at 13. Her baby, born prematurely, died shortly after its
birth. Rather than giving in to despair and failing further into a life of misery, Oprah refused to give up.
She looked at what shed been through in her young life and decided shed dedicate herself to changing
it. Life is a marathon, she decided; you dont want to win or lose at every turn. I think the ones who
survive in life do it by hammering at it one day at a time, she said in Janet Lowes book, Oprah Winfrey
speaks. Her mother sent her to her father, who was a barber and businessman in Nashville, Tenn. There,
she focused on self-improvement.
Vernon Winfrey realized his daughter needed some inspiration. He told her how good she could be and
encouraged her lifelong love of books. He also taught her that in order to succeed, she always had to
pursue excellence. When Vernon set a goal, he focused totally on its achievement. To make sure hed
get there, hed put in longer hours than anyone else and always tried to do his best. He refused to
undermine himself by thinking about failure. His daughter absorbed that attitude. There is no such thing
as failure in my life, Oprah said. I just dont believe in it. Vernon also taught her to reject fear. If she
was afraid to try something, he told her, shed never know whether she could do it, and shed miss an
She decided to concentrate on what she did best and landed a job as news reader at a Nasville television
station in 1974. Once there, Winfrey followed her fathers example she put in long hours and prepared
carefully before going on camera. Shed bone up on topics she knew shed be reading about so shed be
ready if something happened to her notes. Her hard work paid off: She moved up swiftly to news reader
and reporter in Baltimore and was offered to host her own talk show in 1977. To get the subjects of her
interviews to open up to her on the show, Winfrey would look for a common bond. She knew she had a
winning formula when Baltimore viewers told researchers that what they liked best about her show was
how much they learned from it and could apply to their own lives. Winfrey looked for a bigger market to
conquer and decided to go to Chicago in 1984. Network executives took note of her shows soaring
success there and offered her a national spot. In 1986, she began broadcasting nationally. She reachespeople all over the world through syndication
The true test of courage, Oprah said is to be afraid and to go ahead and do it anyway to be scared,
to have your knees knocking, but to walk on there anyway. Thats exactly what she did. She told herself
that shed find something she loved to do and then be the best at it. She knew she could
present herself well and had a knack for talking with people. Shed been speaking in front of audiences
since she was only 4 years old, touring local churches and reciting sermon of others by memory.
Luck had nothing to do with her success, she thinks. I dont believe in luck, she said. I think luck is
preparation meeting opportunity.
When Winfrey doesnt know something, she doesnt try to bluff her way through it. She admits right
upfront that shes uninformed and wants to learn about the topic.
8/14/2019 The Story of Oprah Winfrey
Take one of her first assignments as a reporter. She was told to cover a city council meeting but had no
idea how to go about it. She could try to wing it, but if she missed something important, she would put her
entire career in jeopardy. She decided to confront the problem head-on and ask others for their help. I
walked into the city council meeting and announced to everybody there, This is my first day on the job,
and I dont know anything. Please help me. And they did.Everybody needs someone to show them the
way out or up. Winfrey constantly tries to catalog her strengths and weaknesses to find areas she can
improve. When she hires people, Winfrey looks for people whom can do what she cant. I surround
myself with people who are smarter than I am, she said. That way, I feel I can learn something. I think
the ability to be as good as you can be comes from understanding who you are and what you can and
cannot do, she said. And what you cant do is far more important than what you can do, if what you
cant do is going to keep you from flying high.
She has set up her foundation to help underpriviledged families get back on their feet and started one of
the most influential informal book clubs in the world.
Pinnacle of Success
In 2003, Oprah Winfrey became the first African-American woman to join the ranks of billionaires.
Moral of the Story
Beloved Kancil students,
Determination, the right attitude, willingness to learn new things, courage, long hours of hard
work and honesty has made Oprah Winfrey what she is today. You too could do it your own way.
1. Oprah Winfrey has gone through a painful childhood; in brief describe it from your very own
2. What are her key principles in life?
3. How has her father shaped her (Character) and attitude, towards life?
4. What is the winning formula that has won hearts of millions people around the world which has
helped maintain her talk show for over 2 decades?
5. Prince / Princess in Kancil, would Oprah Winfrey be your role model? If yes, why? If no, why not?