â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter how far you might riseâ€¦At some point, you are bound to stumble. â€¦ And when you do, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.â€ -Oprah Winfrey
During last weeksâ€™ 2013 commencement address, talk show maven and media mogul Oprah Winfrey shared several of her personal â€œahaâ€ moments with the graduating class of Harvard University. Using her â€œownâ€ perceived failures as the backdrop of her inspiring speech, she challenged the class to live a life of purpose.
Another poignant moment came when Oprah offered her advice on getting over the inevitable hurdles of life. She suggested that individuals develop an internal GPS and build a resume that doesnâ€™t tell the story of what they want to be, but one that tellâ€™s â€œâ€¦a story that is really about [their] purpose.â€
She added...â€œWhen you inevitably stumble and find yourself stuck in a holeâ€¦that is the story that will get you out.â€
Also, Â she received a Doctor of Laws degree and ended by telling the class, â€œâ€¦you now have a chance to better your life, the life of your neighbors and that of your countryâ€¦ When you do that, thatâ€™s when your story gets really good.â€
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Prior to her commencement speech, Oprah attended a private event the unversity held in her honor.