Oprah had a rocky start in life. As the daughter of a teenage low-income mother, her start was anything but glamorous. In her early years, Oprah recounts that not only were her living conditions rough, but she was sexually abused many times, starting at the age of 9, by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend. At the age of 14 Oprah got pregnant, but her son died shortly after birth.

At the age of 14, Oprah was sent to live with her father, Vernon, in Tennessee. He helped her focus on her schooling, and she was subsequently accepted on a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, majoring in communications. In high school, and in her first two years of college, Winfrey interned at a local radio station, helping to develop a foundation for a career in media. But, even after Oprah was hired on to a local television station for the news, things didn’t go so easily. She was fired by the producer because she “unfit for television,” later taking a position with another station in Baltimore.

Eventually, she hosted a local talk show named, People are Talking. Later, in 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago, to host a station’s low-rated talk show called AM Chicago. Within a few months, the show went from last in the ratings, to higher than Donahue, which was the number one show at the time. This led to the show being renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was syndicated across the country.

No matter who else believes in you. If you believe in yourself, no one can stop you from achieving the heights.

 

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