Here's What We Can Learn From Oprah Winfrey And Mentor Nelson Mandela About SuccessBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Oprah Winfrey has a lot to teach people about success. In today's modern world, she has broken the barriers that should have kept her from becoming the "Queen of All Media."
Entrepreneur dubbed her as "the most famous female media mogul." Oprah Winfrey has reached success that most of us only get to dream about. However, her friend and mentor, South African revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela taught her to give back to others with grace as well as to remain gracefully humble.
"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him," she wrote in an official statement following Mandela's death. "He was everything you've ever heard and more-humble and unscathed by bitterness."
"And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."
According to IBT, Mandela was the epitome of being gracefully humble when he was interviewed by Oprah on her show. "The thing that was challenging was getting him to admit that he played the greatest role in the apartheid movement because he kept saying, 'No, it wasn't me. It was all the other people,' and I realized in that interview with him that that is what true humility is," she recalled.
Oprah was able to donate millions of dollars for education. She built an all-female school in South Africa, named Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls, which started when she was invited by Mandela to his home in the country's Western Cape. Her original pledge was $10 million which became more than $100 million.
"When you go to Nelson Mandela's house, what do you take?" she said in jest. "You can't bring a candle. I wanted to leave something that would be of value."