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'To move forward, you have to give something back,' Oprah Winfrey tells Class of 2008

Stanford Report - USA - She came to dispense words of advice, encouragement and congratulations. But Oprah Winfrey's address at Stanford's 117th Commencement wouldn't have been complete without her giving away something more.

There were no car keys or envelopes of cash awaiting the 4,666 graduates who poured into Stanford Stadium doing the struts and stunts of the Wacky Walk, Stanford's unorthodox version of the traditional graduation procession. Instead, they found two ribbon-wrapped books—Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind—on their seats, gifts from Winfrey that she also highlighted in her speech about feelings, failure and finding happiness.

"I really wanted to give you cars," said the television host, magazine publisher and philanthropist, who was greeted by the graduates with cheers, high-fives and whoops of "Oprah, I love you!"

During her 30-minute address, which started with a special nod to her graduating goddaughter, Kirby Bumpus, Winfrey drew on lessons learned from a career that began in 1976, when she co-anchored a television newscast.

"It didn't feel right," she said of the $22,000 job that her father encouraged her to stick with. She did not like covering tragedies. She did not like being told to change her look. And she was not about to listen to her boss and change her name to "Suzie."

After eight months of being an awkward fit, the station she worked for gave her a position as a talk show host.

As soon as she started the new job, "I felt like I came home," she said.

"When you're doing the work you were meant to do, it feels right," she said "And every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid."

Money is nice, she told the crowd of about 25,000, but without being able to put it to good use, there is not much point.

"I like money," said Winfrey, who has been ranked five times by Forbes magazine as the world's most powerful celebrity. "It's good for buying things. What you want is money with meaning. Meaning is what brings real richness to your life."

And she cautioned that even the richest lives are not without pitfalls.

Shortly after the January 2007 opening of Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls, the $40 million school she had built in South Africa, one of its employees was charged with sexually abusing students.
Source : Originally Published Stanford Report - USA, Jun 15, 2008
Celebrities : Oprah Winfrey
Categories : TV Personalities, Celebrity Appearances, Celebrity News
Posted 6/15/2008 12:06:31 AM | Permalink
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