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Top 3 Most Inspiring Women of The Moment

In my previous article, I talked about the women running 9 powerful businesses in Europe and how their leadership improved their companies and society overall.

In this article, I talk about three amazing and wonderful women. They’re among the MOST INSPIRING WOMEN of the moment and each of them has changed the world in a BIG way.

Here is HOW:

Top 3 Most Inspiring Women

OPRAH WINFREY – Connecting deeply with others

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Although she is one of the most wealthy and influent women of our times, Oprah was born into poverty. She had a hard and difficult childhood: because her mother didn’t have enough money to buy her clothes, she would sometimes go to school dressed in a potato sack. Her mother didn’t provide care and her father was absent. It was her grandmother who saved her by placing her on the right path: education.

Thanks to her love for education, Oprah managed to overcome her hardships and become a successful woman.

Learn more: Oprah – The little girl in a potato sack who became a world-changer

Oprah is a people-person by definition. She has an innate ability to connect with and speak to people from all walks of life. She is a master of the art of interviewing.

Her secret? Making her guests feel perfectly at ease while talking about emotionally-charged topics. Who wants to open up and be vulnerable?! It’s hard enough to do it in front of your family or friends let alone strangers. With Oprah, you don’t feel like you’re talking to a stranger. You feel like you are talking to a person who is genuinely interested in your troubles or hardships.

In the past decades, Oprah has built a media empire. The Oprah Winfrey Show is the highest rated talk show of all time. She is the Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions, a multimedia production company and Oprah Winfrey Network, her own pay television channel. Her net worth is currently standing at $2.6 billion.

Oprah has received numerous awards. Among the most prestigious is the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama; also she received honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard University.

Today, she is an inspiration for over 15.000.000 people from all around the world.

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Let’s build connections instead of walls

The world would be a better place if we all learned what Oprah is teaching us. We are all the same. It is in our power to connect with each other. It only takes genuine interest and empathy in the other person.

What if we put our smartphone away when our partner talked to us? Devote all our attention to them and really listen?

How would our lives change if we built connections instead of walls?

How would society improve if we achieved strength by being vulnerable?

A world like that is possible.

Let’s start with the person in the mirror.

MELINDA GATES – Empowering women, reshaping societies

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Melinda Gates / executivesclub.org

Melinda Gates says that words like rich and poor don’t define who we are as human beings.

She rejects the American way of dividing the world into first-world countries and third-world countries because it robs the people living there of their humanity.

“Humanity in the abstract will never inspire you in the same way as human beings you meet,” she says.

Since starting Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001, Melinda has been travelling with her husband to countries in Africa and meeting with people in villages and small towns because all lives have equal value.

That is the vision Melinda and her husband are working towards. And a way to achieve this vision is by empowering the poorest, especially women and girls because women and girls have a unique power to reshape societies.

She believes we are finally creating the scientific and technological tools to turn the world into a brotherhood and a sisterhood.

When you invest in a woman’s health and empowerment, it has a ripple effect, helping families, communities, and countries achieve long-lasting benefits.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is reported to be the largest private foundation in the world, holding $50.7 billion in assets.

The primary goals of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.

For her services to philanthropy and international development, she received various recognitions and awards among which the honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 2017 she was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal 2016 of the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN), Berlin-Brandenburg, “for outstanding services to peace and international understanding” in the historic Berlin Town Hall.

Building a sisterhood by empowering ourselves and the women around us

As women, we struggle with so much in our everyday lives.

Just because we are women the world seems entitled to tell us how we should look and behave, how to dress, that we should fit a certain beauty standard to be successful in life.

The same goes for our professional lives. When a man is working hard to climb up the corporate ladder and advance his career, everyone calls him ambitious. When a woman is doing the same, she is called cold-hearted and career-focused. An assertive man comes off as confident and worthy. An assertive woman is called dominant, bossy and not nice. It’s workplace gender bias and it is toxic.

On top of that, there are hardly any women in the world who haven’t experienced a #metoo situation of any kind.

Before we expect the world to change, let’s change the way we see ourselves and each other.

Enough with the toxic thoughts that you are not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough!

Stop being ashamed of who you are!

Build your confidence and then help the woman next door build hers.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON – A successful life is a thriving life

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Arianna Huffington / bandt.com.au

In 2007 Arianna Huffington was working tirelessly in her role as editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. One day she collapsed, hit her head and broke her cheekbone on the way down. The reason was not that she had a brain tumour or a heart disease. As she later realized, she suffered from burnout, exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Essentially she suffered the consequences of leading a toxic lifestyle. It was a painful wake-up call but she understood the message. She decided she would no longer subject her body to this level of stress. But to achieve that she had to change her life around.

What is a good life? What is success? These are some of the questions that Arianna began asking herself at that moment. She came to realize that our society defined success by two metrics: money and power. But just as you cannot sit on a two-legged chair, you cannot view success as only money and power. At some point, you will lose balance and fall off.

Arianna believes in adding a third metric to the definition of success: thrive.

To thrive means to take care of our wellbeing, to take care of our health, body and mind, to get the required amount of nighttime sleep.

Arianna Huffington co-founded The Huffington Post in 2005 and served as its editor-in-chief until 2016 when she stepped down from her role.

She is now dedicated to growing her new company, Thrive Global, a platform focused on health and wellness information. 

In 2012, Arianna Huffington became a LinkedIn Influencer, writing about success and sharing professional insights for 8 million followers.

In 2016, she was named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders and received an honorary degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

She has an estimated net worth of $50 million.

Less Wonder Woman, more self-care and joy

Oh, it’s so easy for women to go down the path to exhaustion! We undertake so many tasks on a daily basis, at work and at home. We do everything for everyone! We cater to everyone’s needs but our own.

We are juggling multiple and often conflicting roles – super mom, super wife, super daughter, super sister, super friend, super career woman, super homemaker, super colleague, super employee. It’s called Wonder Woman Syndrome. It stems from low self-esteem and self-worth and leads to sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and eventually burnout.

Arianna advocates for making small changes with the purpose of improving your life. How about charging your phone during the night in a room outside your bedroom? Checking your emails only after you had breakfast, talked to your husband over the morning coffee and drove your kids to school?

These changes are very small but they will improve your life immensely.

And when women thrive, societies thrive.

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Oprah: The Little Girl In A Potato Sack Who Became A World-Changer

This is the story of a little girl who struggled with poverty and hardship and became a world-changer.

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The show director shouts That’s a wrap! The audience stand up from their seats and start walking towards the right and left exits of the TV-stage. The lights begin to fade and everyone prepares for the next show.

The presenter of the show is a woman in her late twenties wearing a black and red suit and high heels shoes. Five seconds earlier, she just said Thank you for watching. See you next time! It was her first time as a presenter of a local talk-show. She stands in silence watching everybody going about their work. It’s 7.30 in the morning and she realizes she just had an epiphany: she found her calling.

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The woman isn’t new to television. She was hired as an evening news co-anchor when she was just 19 still going to college. She presented the evening news for a few years, but it wasn’t what she wanted. Then she began reporting live, but she didn’t feel she was suited for this job either. It felt unnatural to her to interview people in times of tragedy or hardship and not being able to connect with them on a deeper level.

Later she was moved to co-hosting a morning talk show where she stayed for seven years. But she was not happy. She didn’t know what to do. She was torn between doing what she had to do to pay her bills – exactly what her friends and family were urging her to do – and finding what made her happy.

She had until the end of the year before her contract with the TV station ended. So the station demoted her to a half-hour morning talk-show until the end of her contract. She didn’t have much hopes for her new job, but she took it because she wasn’t a quitter.

As the host of this thirty minute local show she sat down to do her first interview with the Carvell ice cream man about his multiple flavours. It wasn’t much but she felt she could be herself. She was finally feeling happy and fulfilled.

Her life has been far from easy. She didn’t have anything handed out to her. When she was a child, her family was so poor that she used to wear potato sacks as a dress. Her mother didn’t provide care or attention and her father was absent. She was raised by her grandmother until she turned 6. Her grandmother loved her and began her education. The little girl learned to read at two and a half years old. She was so advanced that she skipped kindergarten and went straight to elementary school. She loved school and by the time she was twelve she had delivered short speeches at social gatherings and churches.

As a teenager, her life was troubled. She suffered repeated sexual abuse and gave birth at 14 years old to a baby boy who died within two weeks. At 16 she won a local speaking competition; the prize was a four-year college scholarship. From that moment on she put her life on track and focused on her profession. She always believed she would be a teacher, but now it seems the career most suitable to her is that of a tall-show host.

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Oprah Winfrey / oprah.com

The year is 1984 and the woman in my story is Oprah Winfrey. Within 18 months, she would host her own show – the famous Oprah Winfrey Show – the most successful talk-show of all time. Over the past thirty years, she was a notable influence on the American audience and changed many lives.

Her influence was so strong that she single-handedly got the country reading and raised books sales when she started an on-air reading club, Oprah’s Book Club.

Oprah was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.

Today, she is an inspiration for over 15.000.000 people from all around the world.

And it all started … when education happened.

Oprah Winfrey is a world-changer. The next one could be YOU!

This December take one step closer to the future you want for yourself (or for your beloved ones) and invest in education!

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This is the fourth article in our World-Changers Stories Series. Read the stories here:

The $8 Billion Company built by this World-Changer

The story of a 1.5 Billion User App Built by this World-Changer

The Story of a Billionaire Who Used To Live on $1 a Day


sources:

cnbc.com,telegraph.co.uk, thoughtco.com, notablebiographies.com

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