Why Oprah Winfrey Is The Most Influential Human Being

Why Oprah Winfrey Is The Most Influential Human Being

She's a self-made billionaire, role model, icon and superstar.

A woman born in 1954, has become a SELF MADE billionaire, role model, icon, and superstar. This woman's name is Oprah Winfrey. Since fifth grade, this woman has been a huge inspiration to me because her actions are very selfless and she is into entertaining others. Oprah Winfrey is an actress, director, producer, journalist and a philanthropist. She has legitimately changed the world with her success story and what she has done with her success has really defined her career. Because of all her success, she now has her own network on television called The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Oprah gained her fame during her show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on ABC. I know it may be strange for some men to admit they watched The Oprah Winfrey Show but I have no shame admitting it. I used to watch it all the time with my mother and it really inspired me; now I want to be just like her. Nowadays, journalists don't have a degree besides some of the ones on the news. Many talk show hosts have not studied the art of broadcast journalism but do have the talents to pull it off. This is one of the things that separated Oprah and other talk show hosts; Oprah has her degree in communications and has worked her way up in the industry by herself. She didn't have a huge career before her show to land her a talk show, her talent was the talk show. Other talk shows have been successful but "The Oprah Winfrey Show" aired for 27 years (one of the longest running talk shows), and has 47 Daytime Emmy Awards which says a lot about these other talk shows.

With the success of her talk show and more fame, Oprah saw a pathway gain more success and basically, make some more money. Through this, she also saw a new outlet to help people with all this fame and money as well. Just to name a few of her actions to help others, Oprah has a school in South Africa for girls, her famous car giveaway during her talk show, and supporting over 20 charities. Through this, she has become a true philanthropist.

CNN and TIME have called Oprah, "arguably the world's most powerful woman." This was mainly because of her style of interviewing. Oprah was in a field, at the time, that was dominated by white males, so she had to stand out in what she was doing on television. Her curiosity and her fearlessness while she interviewed stars and asked questions really helped her stand out and become one of the most well-known journalists. She also had a good sense of empathy while interviewing. She wasn't shallow and she didn't treat celebrities like they were some other entity or they weren't a person. Be it a celebrity or not, she treated those whom she interviewed like an exceptional human being but didn't lose sight of the truth which viewers loved to see.

Now running her own network on television with her own line of tv shows, she has basically made an empire out of the television industry. She has been in her prime all her career and has definitely made a pathway for others especially women, to run their own empires and get to the top of the industry. Her career has encouraged other female journalists to become just as big and change the game in making the minority at the top. Lastly, Oprah has been a huge influence on me and is definitely one of my first role models.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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