Authentically Oprah

Q: Why has Oprah Winfrey been so successful as a TV talk-show host? Does it make sense for her to end her syndicated talk show in 2011 when she`s still dominating the daytime ratings? Can you imagine anyone replicating the following she`s been able to build?

I will always remember that day after school, sitting on the couch in front of the television, watching Oprah talk about her imperfections. She wanted the women watching her show and reading her magazine to know the whole process she goes through to look “perfect” in print and on television.

I was amazed as I watched how the graphic artists made her wrinkles and little imperfections vanish on the screen. She also showed her audience what she looks like before the makeup is applied and her hair is done. That show, among many others throughout her nearly 25 years on air, was inspiring.

Regardless of what direction she chooses next, she will always be successful because she`s real. Oprah has contributed to countless challenges throughout the world and she does so out of passion, rather than merely looking good. She understands the impact she has on our world and will always strive to help others see how great they are — that`s who she is!

While Oprah may be ending her syndicated talk show in 2011, she always will be a woman to whom others look for leadership, inspiration and hope. Her decision to close this chapter of her life makes sense because she`s ready to move on to something different. Her decisions have probably rarely been a direct result of what others think she should do; rather, they are what she wants most. Good for her!

Oprah`s following has come over time, with dedication and consistency. As she came to know herself, the world came to know her. Anyone brave enough to get to know themselves as the public watches on deserves an audience. No one will ever be just like Oprah, though I believe she has inspired many to step into their greatness, authentically.

Many of her followers have already taken huge leaps forward in their life as a result of her inspiration. I know I`m one of them! I look forward to the day I get to give her a big hug and say, “Thank you for being you!”

To see on Wash Post.com:http://views.washingtonpost.com/on-success/panelists/misti_burmeister/2009/12/authentically_oprah.html

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