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There’s inspiration to be absorbed from every individual and within ourself as well. Genelia D’souza discloses an inspirational story of Oprah Winfrey.

entertainment Updated: Nov 18, 2010 13:40 IST
Genelia D’souza
Genelia D’souza
Hindustan Times

Look around you. There’s inspiration to be absorbed from every individual. May it be from the way they carry themselves to the way they speak to the way they live their lives. Some people are carefree, laid-back and have an almost “devil-may-care” approach to life. They face problems as they come, never stress, and smile in the face of adversity. That’s inspiring. Some people push their luck to the best possible limit, burn the midnight oil and personify the very essence of ‘hard work’. That’s inspiring too.

BRONE such story never fails to amaze inspires me by leaps bounds is that Winfrey. The much-acclaimed talk show host one powerful ladies in Hollywood had not just humble beginning, but a very tragic one. At age nine years, when most us were playing hopscotch riding our bikes, Oprah was brutally raped. Picking up the pieces of her life much as could, she plunged on battled it out with every living day and nightmarish night.


Tragedy struck again when at the age of 14 she became pregnant; the son died at infancy itself and Oprah was once again left battered and lost. But not one to lose hope and remaining steadfast in her capabilities as a survivor, Oprah took life by the horns and swung it around.

BRAT to by talk in had but a years, most was the of her she it out with and 19 plucked obscurity from radio anchoring job Tennessee given show. You can call luck, have got this where actually collided headfirst luck own doing. She stood beliefs, essentially belief herself make point world.

Now with almost half a decade of emotionally connecting with not just 90% of the world but all of the Hollywood community as well, Oprah Winfrey is a force to reckon with. She’s the ideal woman — capable, inspiring, strong, morally sound and above everything else — an icon, a role model. Her work ethic which borders obsessively on a virtuous and truthful establishment is something that we can seek to instill in our everyday life. Fame and luck are transitory. What you do to stay up there, is the real story, the grit in the grime and the one factor that will take you a cut above the rest.

Rose-tinted glasses are a thing of the past, people! Take them off and look into the sunshine! I have multiple role models — people whom I look up to and they are not the same person. Look for people who inspire you and if you cannot connect with anyone, look within. Your own strength and your own abilities are inspiration enough!

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First Published: Nov 17, 2010 16:49 IST