‘I only do what I want to do’

Part of the beauty of achieving success is the freedom to control your own life.

Oprah Winfrey, whose television presence catapulted her into enormous influence and a $3 billion fortune, turns out to be on the same journey as everyone else: trying to get everything done.

One of the biggest changes after she left her TV show and launched a network is that she now controls her own schedule.

“In Chicago, when it was like, wind-chill-factor 42 below, sometimes I went from one garage to the next garage and never saw daylight,” she says. Today, “I’m at a point where I am like, Whoa, my God! The birds are tweeting, the sun is coming up. I mean, I appreciate every thing. I’m like a person who’s been let out.”

To gain this freedom, Winfrey structured the Oprah Winfrey Network so it can run without her, under the care of co-presidents.

“Now I’m in a position where I only do what I want to do,” she says.

— Adapted from “Secrets of the Most Productive People,” Fast Company.