Today, Oprah Winfrey inspired the class of 2013 at Harvard University to live a life of purpose and have continuous faith.
“When you inevitably stumble and find yourself stuck in a hole,” she said during her commencement address , “that is the story that will get you out.”
“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise, at some point you’re bound to stumble,” media mogul said, drawing parallels to her experience launching the Oprah Winfrey Network. “And when you do, there is something I want you to remember. No such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us into another direction.”
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“It really was this time last year the worst period in my professional life,” she revealed. “I’m here to tell you I have turned that network around.”
She went on to encourage the new graduates to build a resume that tells who you want to be, not simply the story of what you want to be.
Along with giving her speech, Winfrey received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the university.
Check out the full address below, then click through the slides to find 10 other celebrities who hold honorary degrees.