She’s one of the most influential figures of the twenty-first century, inspiring millions around the world through her work as an entrepreneur, media mogul, actor, author, producer and philanthropist.

Here she shares some insights into the mindset that helped her become a household name.

Have courage

“You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your big dream regardless of what anyone says. You are the only person alive who can see your big picture and even you can’t see it all.”

Show gratitude

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Dream big

“The key to realising a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

Follow your passion

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfils you, the rest will come.”

Accept failure

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Be your true self

“If I lost control of the business, I’d lose myself – or at least the ability to be myself. Owning myself is a way to be myself.”

The full article on Oprah Winfrey appears in the May issue of The CEO Magazine, on sale 19 April 2018. Subscribe today.