What Oprah Gets Wrong About Success

I was recently working on my Pinterest vision board about Success. I was looking for and thinking about success, what it means to me, and how will I know when I have achieved it. I came across this pin with an Oprah quote on it.


Now, Oprah is one of the most influential people in the world. And I have the utmost respect for what she has done and accomplished. She might even be the most powerful woman in the world, but unfortunately, she’s wrong.

The quote says “Don’t worry about being successful” …. sure, I can’t argue with that.
“…The success will naturally follow.” Makes total sense.
But the middle part, “work towards being significant” Yeah, I’m going to have to stop you right there.

According to her statement, you must work to be significant. And that just flat-out IS NOT TRUE.

You are significant already. Just by being born you are significant. Just by living and breathing you are already good enough. In fact, you’re freaking FABULOUS!  You don’t have to work at it. You don’t have to try. YOU ALREADY ARE.

So, by the same token, you should already be successful.

“Hold the phone, Christy,” you say. “I haven’t lost the weight, or mastered my mindset, or conquering my food addictions” – or whatever it is that you are struggling with. And I say to you this – You do not have to have achieved your ultimate goal to be successful.

Every time you make the better choice for yourself – you are successful.
Every time you pause and create space between your trigger and your reaction – you are successful.
Every time you consciously and mindfully choose the happy thought over the negative one – hope over despair – you are successful.

You are successful every day of your life. You’re just not paying attention.

So today, I want you to be on the lookout. Watch for all the ways that you are already successful. Make a list of all the small ways you have already succeeded, and let me know what you found in the comments.




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About Christy R. Hall

Christy R. Hall is a Wellness Mindset Coach & Emotional Alchemist. She focuses on helping people change their lives from the inside out. She uses hypnosis, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help her clients achieve real and lasting change. Christy says, “When you know how the mind works, it’s easy to make changes.”

Christy fancies herself to be a Jedi Master, a verbal Ninja, and a Mindset Architect. In her free time, she spins yarn (both literally spinning fiber into yarn, as well as, writing), crochets for charity, watches silly cat videos, looks at pictures of Corgis, and plays massively multiplayer online games. Her current favorite is Elder Scrolls Online.