Oprah Winfrey Rallies College Students With Inspiring Commencement Speech

Oprah Winfrey is giving away ingredients to her formula for success.

The media mogul delivered a touching commencement speech to graduating students at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia on Saturday, May 13. “You’re nothing if you’re not the truth,” Oprah said.

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“I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really – all good! – from being true to myself,” she continued. “If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”

Winfrey, 63, shared her hope for the future generation standing in front of her: “I want you to work in your own way to change the world in respectful conversations with others. I want you to enter every situation aware of its context, open to hear the truth of others and most important, open to letting the process of changing the world change you. That is the spirit of constructive engagement.”

“You will get nowhere without a spiritual practice,” she added. “[That’s] not necessarily religion. … Maybe it’s music, or dancing or just time for yourself to feed and nurture your own spirit.”

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Reflecting on her wildly successful “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, the talk show host said her key to success was perspective. “We were the number one show for 25 years, and that’s because I lived with the intention of serving the audience,” Winfrey said.

“I had to learn to feel with others, which is what it means to be compassionate,” she shared. “I feel with you. It means not only am I able to walk in your shoes, my heart beats with yours. I see myself in you.”

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