Oprah Winfrey and Thinking Big
There is a quote by Daniel H Burnham that states, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.” There is such amazing truth in that statement. The next chapter of Handshake highlights a woman who did just that. She made and continues to make big plans, and she stirs the souls of men and women around the world. In this except, we will take a look at the life of Oprah Winfrey and her choice to think big.
Oprah Winfrey and the Choice of Thinking Big
Oprah’s path that led from her grandmother’s farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi to becoming the first African-American woman billionaire is a story of unwavering focus and the ability to think beyond her circumstances. Oprah Winfrey serves as our hero in this chapter as someone who learned to think big. When education may have not happened without the hard work of earning a scholarship, she thought big. When others may have been limited by a painful past, she chose to think big. Seeing the needs of children and families, she established programs that would make a difference because she decided to think big.
William Arthur Ward claims, “Nothing limits achievements like small thinking; Nothing expands possibilities like unleashed thinking.” We are limited by our thinking. In the case of Oprah Winfrey, she was faced with multiple issues that could have limited her thinking. She once said, “Nobody had any clue that my life could be anything but working in some factory or a cotton field in Mississippi.” Others may have thought that about her, but she refused to accept that way of thinking.
That’s what thinking big will do for you; it will shape your future into an image of success. It will bring you to a place that you were meant to be.
In this chapter you will learn the rewards of Thinking Big. The benefits include…
1) Makes dreams possible
2) Opens opportunities
3) Gathers the great
4) Forces teamwork
5) Gives you influence
6) Turns circumstances into stepping stones
7) Unleashes potential
8) Promotes growth
Until next time,
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Posted on January 24, 2011, in dreams, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, vision and tagged Effective Leader, handshake, Leadership, Oprah Winfrey, passion, Personal Growth, Techniques of effective leaders, Think big. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.