If you’re like many of the TV-watchers in the United States, you grew up (physically or emotionally) listening to Oprah Winfrey. With her intriguing news coverage, appeal to the ethos of the audience, and urgent calls to action, Oprah Winfrey won the ratings and the hearts of the United States. Her path to television royalty was not an easy one, however. Winfrey grew up in poverty and dealt with many difficult issues including teenage pregnancy, molestation, and disadvantages that come with lack of financial resources. If anyone embodies the motto, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” it’s Winfrey. What many believe marked Winfrey’s success was her ability to work “with” her audience to achieve goals like weight loss, health, Christmas shopping, and even completing reading lists. This ability to work towards bettering herself and those around her lead to the creation of her network, her contributions to education, and her landing on 2012 Forbes Top 400 list for philanthropy.
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