奥普拉哈佛大学演讲(MP3+中英字幕) 第2期
日期:2015-07-26 14:09



So I had seen Barbara Walters on the Today Show that morning so I answered "I would like to be a journalist. I would like to tell other people's stories in a way that makes a difference in their lives and the world."


And as those words were coming out of my mouth I went whoa! This is pretty good!


I would like to be a journalist. I want to make a difference.


Well I was on television by the time I was 19 years old.


And in 1986 I launched my own television show with a relentless determination to succeed at first.


I was nervous about the competition and then I became my own competition raising the bar every year, pushing, pushing, pushing myself as hard as I knew. Sound familiar to anybody here?


Eventually we did make it to the top and we stayed there for 25 years.


The Oprah Winfrey Show was number one in our time slot for 21 years and I have to tell you I became pretty comfortable with that level of success.


But a few years ago I decided as you will at some point, that it was time to recalculate, find new territory, break new ground.


So I ended the show and launched OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. The initials just worked out for me.


So one year later after launching OWN nearly every media outlet had proclaimed that my new venture was a flop. Not just a flop but a big bold flop they call it.


I can still remember the day I opened up USA Today and read the headline "Oprah, not quite standing on her OWN." I mean really, USA Today? Now that's the nice newspaper!

我还记得有一天我打开《今日美国报》时看到头条新闻说“ 奥普拉搞不定自己的电视网”。不是吧,今日美国报啊?真是份好报纸!

It really was this time last year the worst period in my professional life.


I was stressed and I was frustrated and quite frankly I was actually I was embarrassed.


It was right around that time that President Faust called and asked me to speak here and I thought you want me to speak to Harvard graduates?


What could I possibly say to Harvard graduates, some of the most successful graduates in the world in the very moment when I had stopped succeeding?


So I got off the phone with President Faust and I went to the shower. It was either that or a bag of Oreos.


So I chose the shower. And I was in the shower a long time and as I was in the shower the words of an old hymn came to me.


You may not know it. It's "By and by, when the morning comes."


And I started thinking about when the morning might come because at the time I thought I was stuck in a hole.


And the words came to me "Trouble don't last always" from that hymn, "this too shall pass."


And I thought as I got out of the shower I am going to turn this thing around and I will be better for it.


And when I do, I'm going to go to Harvard and I'm going to speak the truth of it!


So I'm here today to tell you I have turned that network around!



奥普拉·温弗瑞(Oprah Winfrey),1954年1月29日出生于密西西比州科修斯科,美国演员,制片,主持人。是当今世界上最具影响力的妇女之一,她的成就是多方面的:通过控股哈普娱乐集团的股份,掌握了超过10亿美元的个人财富;主持的电视谈话节目“奥普拉脱口秀”,平均每周吸引3300万名观众,并连续16年排在同类节目的首位;2009年11月20日,据国外媒体报道,在播出了23年之后,脱口秀女王奥普拉·温弗瑞的节目《奥普拉脱口秀》于2011年9月9日结束。



1.turn around 好转

例句:The economy turned around three months after the crisis.


2.by and by 不久以后

例句:This world is training workers, that there may be no shirkers in the continuous by and by.


3.make a difference 有影响

例句:Whatever you can do can make a difference.


4.work out 解决

例句:Work out what you need to do first, and go for it,today.