Oprah's Most Inspiring Career Advice in Celebration of Her Birthday

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One of our favorite iconic women, Oprah Winfrey, turns 62 today, and to celebrate we're taking a look back through the archives to find her most inspirational career advice. There's no shortage; the television host, author, actor, and entrepreneur graced our screens for more than two decades and inspired millions of people around the world. Happy birthday, Oprah! Read on to be inspired by the icon's greatest advice of all time. 

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." — as told to The Oprah Winfrey Show

"Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you." — as told to Stanford Graduate School of Business

"Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it." — as told to The Oprah Winfrey Show

"If you’re willing to listen to, be guided by, that still small voice that is the GPS within yourself, to find out what makes you come alive, you will be more than okay. You will be happy, you will be successful, and you will make a difference in the world." — as told to the Harvard graduate class of 2003

"Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand." — as told to O, The Oprah Magazine

"What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives." — as told to The Oprah Winfrey Show

"I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk." — as told to The Oprah Winfrey Show

"Check your ego at the door and check your gut instead. Every right decision I have ever made has come from my gut." — as told to the Oprah Winfrey Network

"It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point you are bound to stumble. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. Learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are." — as told to Harvard Graduate Class of 2003

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." — as told to The Oprah Winfrey Show

"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not." — as told to The Oprah Winfrey Show

"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." — as told to the Oprah Winfrey Network

Looking for more great advice? Shop our edit of Oprah's most inspiring books below. 

What's the best career advice you've ever received? Share your lesson in the comments below. 

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