She's a billionaire, and hailed as the "Queen of Media" by many. But her life wasn't always fit for a queen.
In fact, Oprah Winfrey overcame growing up in poverty. She chased her dream, and created a media empire. And despite all her success, Winfrey is no stranger to failure.
Winfrey started her career in radio and TV broadcasting in 1971, while attending Tennessee State University.
By 1976, she was hosting a talk show called People Are Talking. She worked there eight years, and then landed her own morning talk show at a Chicago station, A.M. Chicago. She beat out her competitor Phil Donahue in ratings. Winfrey then got a part in Steven Spielberg's 1985 film The Color Purple. The following year, she launched The Oprah Winfrey Show.
By 1998, Oprah became a household name, but adversity still followed her. She co-produced and starred in a film called Beloved, with hopes of it being a big Hollywood hit. She told Vogue Magazine it was one of her biggest failures, but she worked past it.
At a Harvard commencement ceremony in 2013, she passed on her wisdom of failing and how to overcome adversity to the graduating seniors. The Harvard Gazette quoted her saying...
"It doesn't matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble. If you're constantly pushing yourself higher and higher, the law of averages predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."
And when faced with hardships in life, she said...
"Now, when you're down there in the hole, it looks like failure. When that moment comes, it's okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. But then, here's the key: Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are."
This story originally appeared on Debt.com.