Oprah Delivers Empowering Speech at Essence Festival Debut

This past weekend, Oprah Winfrey graced the Essence Festival audience with her presence for the first time in the 22-year history of the event. Winfrey spoke for nearly an hour to thousands of women on Saturday afternoon and she gave an inspirational speech about following your dreams and finding your purpose.

“The key, the secret, the magic is to surrender to God’s dream for you.  I want to leave you hopefully with something you can take home that not only empowers but emboldens you to live the life that God intended.” – Oprah Winfrey

Check out the short clip above to hear a few minutes of Winfrey’s empowering speech, and read below for some of the most memorable moments. Be inspired!


On Living Your Dreams:

“I am living the dream. And I want you to live the dream because I’m not living the dream because I’m special. I’m living the dream because I was obedient to the call of the dream. I want you to leave here today thinking about what is the dream for you? What is God’s dream for you? What does the creator’s dream hold for you? So often we spend our lives hoping and wishing and hoping and wishing and desiring things. This is what I know for sure: You don’t get what you wish for.  You get what you believe.”

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On The Law of Attraction and Energy:

I don’t do anything without thinking about, what is the real reason, the real motivation: what is the energy that will go into my thoughts and action and be returned to me? For everything there is an equal and opposite reaction. It means no matter what you do, what you say, the energy of who you are is going out into the world, into your home, into your relationships and that energy is always coming back to you. You are responsible for the energy that you are putting out into the world because that very energy is coming right back to you every single time, whether you believe it or not, because it is law. It is law.”

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On Surrendering to the Dream:

“When you’ve done everything you can do, you don’t just have to stand. When you’ve prayed, wanted, dreamed, held on, believed, got turned down, turned back, and turned around…when you’ve done everything you can do, Surrender all. Surrender all. Surrender all because there’s a bigger dream waiting for you to step into it.

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 On Mastering Your Own Destiny:

Your life is big. Your life is huge. We spend too much time wanting to be in someone else life. You don’t get celebrated wanting what someone else has. You get no credit messing in somebody else territory or trying to have power over something you have no control. You have no power in anybody’s territory but your own. You get to be the captain of your own soul and if you just manage that, if you just took care of your territory, all the glorious, glorious, glorious wondrous opportunities and possibilities are waiting for you. What are you resisting? What are you not allowing because you have this idea of who or what you’re supposed to be?”

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