Oprah Winfrey and the Power of Asking Questions

Oprah Winfrey and the Power of Asking Questions

Por  Luis Gallardo, Fundador y Presidente de World Happiness Fest

Most of us, if not all of us know about Oprah Winfrey. She is one of the richest women on the planet and one of the most influential celebrities. She was at one point, the only black billionaire in the world. Her show is one of the longest running and most successful shows ever and has inspired a whole new genre of talk shows around the globe.

Need we go on?

But how did she achieve all of this? One could argue that she made it here by asking questions, which is why we believe that the power of asking questions is truly a great one. Through questions and subsequent raising awareness of relevant issues in the world, you can bring about a positive change. You can bring lasting happiness for a great many humans across the globe – as Oprah did.



Oprah Winfrey wasn’t always where she is now. She had to get to this point, and she had to go through many hardships to achieve what she achieved. She even had many problems early on, including life in poverty, sexual abuse, failures, and more. 

But as she says: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” We can all do that. If she could get through all her hardships and achieve a true story of rags to riches – we all can. 

Her most significant success and the one she is recognized for most is arguably her show – The Oprah Winfrey Show. It aired from 1986 to 2011, and it truly transformed television forever

She focused on asking questions in the show, and she managed to transform people’s lives for the better by doing only that. She knew that the right questions could inspire creativity in people, that they can get them to achieve better results, and find connection with others. It’s as if she had a superpower when she asked questions as she managed to help so many people by doing only that. 

That’s especially true in the later parts of the show when she moved from many liberal goals to helping people with self-improvement and spirituality. Oprah also published a wide range of books that mostly aimed at getting people to help themselves, like the book The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations. 

Spirituality and a healthy diet have been her most essential topics in the later days of her show and still are in her life. She has promoted other peoples’ spiritual books as she knew that all of them could help people achieve better results in life and ultimately become happy individuals. 

If you’re looking to change something in your life for the better or become the leader that will help others, let this quote from Oprah inspire you even more: “What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”

Are you feeling inspired? Try to make a positive change for you and others around you by joining us at the next World Happiness Agora where our primary goal is precisely that – more happiness and betterment for everyone.

Luis Gallardo, Fundador y Presidente de World Happiness Fest

Luis Gallardo is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation.

Over the years Luis has been an advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. That access to the brightest and most conscious individuals has inspired him to understand that the world needs new lenses to realize growth and how humans and societies can thrive.

Luis has worked too in the corporate world as a global executive and has been a protagonist of the transformation of industries such as professional services and the internet. Luis has been an international observer with the UN and OSCE in post-armed conflicts establishing democracy and the right to vote.

For Luis Happiness is a human right and a life choice, an enabler of human development and social innovation. That’s why he is committed to creating, with initiatives such as bē and the World Happiness Fest and World Happiness Virtual Agora, spaces for academics, activists, social innovators, scientists, governmental leaders, institutions and leaders, in general, to share and learn, to feel, understand and act towards a happier world and thriving societies.

Luis has been appointed by the UNIDOH (International Day of Happiness – March 20th) to serve as Advisor and to create the global strategy for the day.

“The world needs new lenses to understand growth and how humans and societies can thrive.”