"For so many years I had that day job that occupied my whole life, so at the end of the Oprah show one of my final comments was “this show has been the love of my life”.

Whether you’re a fan or not, there is no doubt that Oprah Winfrey changes lives, starting with her own. While I can’t possibly do justice to Oprah’s lifetime of contribution and service, what I can do is look for themes and patterns.

Although, it’s said that your gut instinct on something is normally the right one, or at least the one you won’t have any regrets about.

Here is my short-list of essential Oprah Winfrey resources: Oprah Winfrey (Wikipedia) – Forums, articles, and tools.

I’m sure there are many Oprah fans out there, so feel free to share your favorite Oprah resources in the comments.

Oprah is a fan of using your dreams as inspiration and guide for your choices in life.

She’s recommended creating a vision board to map out what you really want. It’s not what you were born into; it’s what you do with what you’ve got. No matter how bad your past was, it doesn’t need to limit your destiny unless you live in the past. Find the mentors and coaches that can help you bring out your best.

In the words of Oprah, “Books were my pass to personal freedom. Oprah has extensive resources to help you live your best life. At the end of the day, you’re the one that knows your hopes and dreams and can make them happen. Oprah consistently demonstrates philanthropy and contribution. She’s effectively dedicated her life to helping other’s live their best life.

Oprah is a firm believer in education and the power of know-how. Build your confidence and your self-esteem, one small moment, one choice, or one private victory at a time.

your emotions (including self-esteem and confidence) …

I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” Take responsibility. Check out Live Your Best Life and Oprah’s Best Life Video Webcast Archive. Make sure they’re you’re dreams and not somebody else’s. According to Oprah, one of the best things you can ever give yourself is to have beautiful surroundings.

Rather than a laundry list of resources, I’ve identified a few that I think are especially useful.

Through self-acceptance, living in the moment, finding our truths, and giving ourselves to a higher purpose, we unleash our best. There are plenty of places to go and learn more about Oprah.

The writing is fun and down to Earth, and the stories are insightful.