FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Oprah Winfrey is in Miami for her “The Life You Want Weekend” at the American Airlines Arena.
CBS4 Anchor Irika Sargent spoke with the global media leader & philanthropist one-on-one.
“My calling is to help other people see their calling,” Oprah said.
With an iconic talk show under her belt, movie roles, a magazine and a network bearing her name, Oprah Winfrey is living the life she wants.
As thousands of people gathered in downtown Miami, Oprah hopes to help others learn to live the life they want during her two-day stop.
“So Miami is one of eight cities,” she said. “We’re glad to have you here. Why choose Miami as one of your destinations?” Sargent asked. “Well because we just feel as we were choosing the different cities around the country, we wanted to hit all the different attitudes, all the different moods. All the different feelings and we think that Miami has a lot of heat in more ways than one, so to be a part of this community and experience this community was an active choice,” Oprah replied.
Oprah will tell her life story to the crowd including the hurdles and triumphs with no filters. She will also welcome motivational speakers she calls trailblazers to the stage.
“We’re all sharing the same message, that number one, you have to take responsibility for your life. And no matter where you are in your life you can always use a good jump start,” Oprah said.
The “Oprah effect” as some call it gives her the ability to move people to make changes, but she said the way she does it is simple.
“I’m really invested and vested in telling people the truth and that’s what people see and relate to,” Oprah added.
With so many goals accomplished, Oprah still said one success stands high above the rest – a dream she sat and discussed with Nelson Mandela years ago.
“I would have to say, I think that the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done is build that school,” she said.
Built in 2007, the Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa just celebrated its fourth graduating class.
Twenty of the graduates are now in the United States going to college.
“They not only uplift themselves, they uplift their families and the rest of their communities,” Oprah said.
Uplift, in the same way, Oprah said is what she tries to do every day.
“I’m always just speaking to one person and if I can get that one person to feel, to respond, to hear a story in such a way that it moves them, then I know I’ve been successful,” Oprah said.
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