"I consider it a compliment that I am full of myself."

Surely the person behind this quote is some sort of narcissist, or ego-driven hotshot celebrity. There is no way anyone who considers it a compliment to be "full of themselves"  could actually be someone we would admire, respect, or strive to be...right?

I'm sure you didn't see this one coming: the woman who enjoys being full of herself is none other than famous media personality, actress, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. After surviving poverty and extreme childhood hardship, she is now sitting on an estimated net worth of $3 billion. She is one of the most influential women in the world, whose story and successes inspire millions daily.

How could Oprah ever be full of herself, much less consider being labeled as such a compliment?

Allow Oprah to explain more in depth what it means to be full:

"When you're full...I'm full, I'm overflowing. I have so much to offer, and so much to give."

When she is full of herself, she is also not afraid of "honoring" herself, which means allowing herself to receive respect and to step into her own power. In order to get to this point of fullness, however, it takes some work.

"Your real work," Oprah details, "is to figure out where your power base is. And to work on the alignment of your personality -- your gifts that you have to give -- with the real reason why you're here. That's the number one thing you have to do, is to work on yourself...and to fill yourself up, and keep your cup full. Keep yourself full."

The journey to being full of yourself is not without its challenges or fears -- "I used to be afraid...particularly of people who say, 'Oh, she's so full of herself,'" but the journey won't be without its successes and growth, either. And for Oprah, when it comes to being full of herself, "Now...I embrace it."

Published on: Feb 8, 2018