Teach Your Daughter About Powerful Female Role Models: Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah headshotIs Oprah Winfrey a good role model?  

Some say no; she doesn’t produce value, she doesn’t have good morals, she’s a TV celebrity which, in itself, doesn’t really do anything good for society, she’s just after the money, she sells snake oil.

Others say yes; she grew up in poverty, she overcame severe personal struggles and abuse to make something of herself and her life, she tries to unite people and move us forward as a society, she is inspirational, a generous philanthropist, and positively benefits society.

For each of us to come to our own conclusion, it helps to know what it really means to be a role model.

Mirriam-Webster defines a role model as “a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others”.

Dictionary.com provides a fuller definition:  a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.”

Has Oprah Winfrey done anything in her life that fits these definitions?

Absolutely!

Forbes magazine reached out to ForbesWoman communities on Twitter and Facebook to determine the most inspiring woman in the world.

After “mom”, Oprah Winfrey was at the top of the list and was named the Most Powerful Celebrity by Forbes in 2010.

Oprah is a successful businesswoman, owner of Harpo Productions, and a TV network.

She is a multi-millionaire and has launched the careers of several now successful people.

Oprah launched her broadcasting career at the age of 19, being the youngest person and first African-American to at Nashville’s WTF-TV.

Oprah Winfrey values education as a way to lift yourself out of poverty and create a future.

Through her private charity, Oprah has offered hundreds of grants to organizations that help educate and empower women.

Through the “Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program”, she provides scholarships to those who want to give back to their communities.  Her leadership and philanthropy is not limited to the United States.  She even created a leadership academy for girls in South Africa.

Oprah was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth…she worked hard for her achievements even in the face of severe personal struggles with childhood abuse. As a result, she initiated the National Child Protection Act in 1991 to establish a database of convicted child abusers.  In 1993, former President Bill Clinton signed the “Oprah Bill” into law.

The list of things that Oprah Winfrey has accomplished covers ten pages on her official biography website.  The list of awards she received takes up one whole page alone!  I encourage you to check it out to learn more about why many think that Oprah Winfrey is a good role model for our daughters.

Click here for more:  http://www.oprah.com/pressroom/Oprah-Winfreys-Official-Biography

Prosperity’s Kitchen Mission 3: Set Your Goals

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I’m a huge fan of goals.  I may not always set them, or get them out of my head, but I appreciate the point behind them!

That’s why I loved this mission: it made us focus on our business goals, including a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal {BHAG}.

It was fun. It was challenging. It was scary.

Thinking about a huge goal is crazy scary. You may or may not ever get there, but it’s real when you put it down on paper {or computer screen}.

Episode 3: Goals and Metrics

At first glance I thought this episode was going to be all about Google Analytics.  And I was a little sad when it wasn’t.

Well, the egg is on my face because the episode was so much more helpful.  I not only learned some features of Google Analytics that will be super helpful for me, I also learned about goal setting and metrics you should be tracking for your business in general.

Take a look!

My Mission Project

This week’s mission had us outlining three “normal” goals and one BHAG.

I put this off for as long as I could.  But in the end I’m glad I did it.

You can take a look at my presentation right here.

If you’d like to view the additional reading/materials, you can clickity click here.

Prosperity’s Kitchen Mission 2: A Brand Manifesto

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Alright, it’s time for me to catch you guys up on Prosperity’s Kitchen!

We’re now in Week 5, but I really wanted to share all the info with you, so that’s the reason for the Week 2 post.

Episode 2: Branding

If you have a business you probably struggle with branding.  It’s tough.

It’s not just about the visuals.  It’s about the core values and vision and mission of your business.

I’m by no means an expert, so check out the great video below for tons of great stuff on branding.

You can find the bonus reading/material here.

My Mission Project

The mission for this week was to create a brand manifesto.  Really show/tell what your brand is about.

I’m kind of “redoing” Sweet Phenomena.  Although, I don’t really know exactly how I want to accomplish what I want to do.

I’m figuring it out as we film.  It’s definitely a struggle.

But, I felt this exercise helped give me much more clarity.  I’m still not there, but I’m getting closer!

Feel free to check out my manifesto!

Super Big Blissdom News

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I'm a BlissDom Community LeaderSo I can finally, finally let the cat out of the bag:

I’m a Blissdom Community Leader this year!

Can I get a fist bump?

If you were a reader last year, you remember that I went to Blissdom and I loved it.

I didn’t think I’d be going this year since the location has changed and ticket prices went up.  I was sad.

But now I find myself a Business/Entrepreneur Community Leader and I’m so excited to share all the awesome knowledge I’ve gained from so many great entrepreneurs.

I love being in business for myself, and recently I’ve been investing in my education and I’m seeing results.  It’s an exciting time.

Are you going to Blissdom?  Will I see you?

I’d love to connect!

Prosperity’s Kitchen Mission 1: My Ideal Client

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I announced over in this post that I’d be taking part in Prosperity’s Kitchen, a crazy, fresh, new little online show designed to help us on our journey to being awesome.

Business awesome.  Well heck, personal awesome too.

You can’t really do things like collaborate with others if you’re a totally selfish a-hole.

Anyway, I’m going to be blogging about my experiences a week behind, mainly because I just don’t have enough time to do it the week of.

And there’s a really good reason you should care about the sharing:  all this freaking awesome info is yours, free.  Sure, you can’t compete for the prizes, but you get to view the videos, PDFs, and more, FREE.

Episode 1: Market Research & Your Ideal Client

I’m going to be honest: I was loathing this episode.  I like research, and I like to learn, but this just seemed so stale.

Oh em gee, I was wrong.  This ended up being a fantastic start to the competition.

You can view the episode below.

Ideal Client

Who is my ideal client? Who is your ideal client?

Everyone’s ideal client will be different, and that’s what makes our world go ’round.

Have you ever stopped to identify your ideal client?

It’s heavy.  There is a ton of research and thought that goes into it, but let me tell you, when you do it, you get that clarity everyone’s always talking about.

I got so totally excited after completing the mission, which was to put together a Pinterest board illustrating your ideal client.

I chose to focus on the domestic violence resources I’d like to put together, since it definitely carries a specific group of people.

You can take a look at all the Pinterest boards submitted by visiting this page.

Initial Thoughts

I was excited to be chosen to a part of Prosperity’s Kitchen, more for the education I’m receiving, and less for the winning.

I love to win.  But everyone can’t win the prize; that’s life.

Know what we all CAN win though? The fabulous access to the mentors and the education we’re receiving.

I thank my lucky stars each day that I’m part of this program.  I already know it’s going to be pivotal in pushing me forward.

Oh, and I’m more excited about getting my badge each week than anything.  I want every. single. one.

Who knew that would be one of the most fun parts?