The Oprah Winfrey Show was number one in our time 1 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. So one year later after launching OWN, nearly every media 2outlet had 3 proclaimed that my new 4 venture was a 5 flop. It really was this time last year the worst period in my professional life.
21年來《歐普拉秀》的收視率一直是同時段的第1 名，我必須告訴各位，對於這樣程度的成功，我是挺心滿意足的。不過，幾年前我決定，該是重整腳步的時候了。你們也會在某個時間點這麼做的，尋找新的領域，開創新天地。於是我結束了那個節目，推出「OWN 歐普拉電視網」。推出OWN 的1 年後，幾乎所有媒體都聲稱我的新事業是個失敗。去年此時確實是我生涯中最悲慘的一段時間。
It was right around that time that President Faust called and asked me to speak here, and I thought, “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. And I thought as I got out of the shower, “I’m going to turn this thing around. 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!
This is what I want to share. It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. If you’reconstantly pushing yourself higher, higher,the law of averages—not to mention the Myth of Icarus—predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
這就是我想和各位分享的。你能爬多高並不重要。假如你不斷給自己施壓，把自己推向更高的位置，根據平均法則的預測——更別提伊卡魯斯神話了——你在某個時間點就會跌落。當你跌落谷底時，我希望你們能知道一點，並且記住：沒有失敗這件事。失敗只是人生想要讓我們轉個彎而已。你內在的導航系統 Your Internal GPS
Give yourself time to 6mourn what you think you may have lost, but then here’s the key: learn from every mistake, because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are. And then figure out what is the next right move.And the key to life is to develop an internal moral, emotional GPS that can tell you which way to go.
The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a 7 résumé that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but a story about who you want to be. It’s a résumé that doesn’t just tell a story about what you want to accomplish but why. A story that’s not just a collection of titles and positions but a story that’s really about your purpose.
我發現，人生的挑戰是建立一份履歷，這份履歷不僅僅是在講你想成為什麼的故事這樣簡單，而是在講一個你想成為誰的故事。這份履歷不只是在講你想要什麼樣的成就，而是為什麼你想要那樣的成就。你所要講的故事，不只是一連串的頭銜和職位，而是關於你的目標。天使網絡 The Angel Network
For me, that discovery came in 1994 when I interviewed a little girl who had decided to collect pocket change in order to help other people in need. So I asked for our 8viewers to take up their own change collection and in one month, just from pennies and 9 nickels and dimes, we raised more than three million dollars that we used to send one student from every state in the United States to college. That was the beginning of the Angel Network. And together we built 55 schools in 12 different countries and restored nearly 300 homes that were 10devastated by hurricanes Rita and Katrina. I have been on the air for a long time, but it was the Angel Network that actually focused my internal GPS.
1994 年我訪問了一名小女孩，她決定將口袋中的零錢收集起來，幫助其他需要幫助的人，對我來說，這件事讓我有了新的啟發。於是我請觀眾也將零錢收集起來，一個月後，僅僅從這些1 分錢、5 分錢到10 分錢的硬幣，我們募得了超過300 萬美元，然後我們從每一個州選出一位學生，用這筆錢資助他們上大學。這就是「天使網絡」的緣起。我們在12 個不同的國家建了55 所學校，並為麗塔和卡崔娜颶風近300 戶災民重建被摧毀的家園。我在電視圈待了很長的時間，但真正讓我啟動內在導航系統的，是天使網絡。
From time to time you may 11 stumble, fall— you will for sure, count on this, no doubt—you will have questions and you will have doubts about your path. But I know this: if you’re willing to listen to, be guided by, that still, small voice that is the GPS within yourself, to find out what makes you come alive, you will be more than OK. You will be happy, you will be successful, and you will make a difference in the world.
1 slot (n.（) 電視節目）時段
My favorite show was moved to a late- night slot.
2 outlet (n.（) 媒體）公司，出版社，商店
The company sells its products through retail outlets.
3 proclaim (v./n.) 聲稱，聲明，公布
The suspect continued to proclaim his innocence.
4 venture (n.) 新創事業，投資事業
The business venture ended in bankruptcy.
5 op (n.（) 作品、演出等）失敗
The director’s last movie was a box office flop.
6 mourn (v.) 哀悼，哀痛
The woman is still mourning the death of her husband.
7 résumé (n.) 履歷
An internship will look good on your résum.
8 viewer (n.) 電視觀眾，觀看者
Millions of viewers watch the Super Bowl each year.
9 nickel (n.（) 美國、加拿大）5分幣，鎳
A nickel contains 25% nickel.
10 devastate (v.) 摧毀，重創
Parts of the town were devastated by the tornado.
11 stumble (v.) 蹣跚而行，絆倒
The drunken man stumbled down the street.