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Advice from Oprah Winfrey

Advice from Oprah Winfrey


At this time of the year, much good advice is shared by commencement speakers. Oprah Winfrey provided a lot of practical suggestions for the graduates at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

The workplace lesson she offered is good advice for all of us:

"Become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do, that your talent cannot be dismissed."

You may wish to pass this advice along to your children and your new associates at work.


Peony in our Kentlands home garden, Gaithersburg, MD

Photograph by Roy Kelley

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Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

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Comment balloon 17 commentsRoy Kelley • May 27 2018 10:17PM


I love the advice. Thank you for sharing. Have a good week

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 5 months ago

Good morning Roy. Sage advice for all, especially newbies to real estate! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

I have always been a fan of Oprah Winfrey.  And, I love this quote of her's.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Thanks for the quote from Oprah - it is definitely a great quote to share with our families and friends

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 5 months ago

Excellent advice for all of us, Roy. The picture of the peony today is truly lovely.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 5 months ago

Good morning, Roy Kelley no one inspires more than Oprah.... wonderful post to share this morning....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing these wonderful thoughts from Oprah, Roy.  They are well worth reading and striving to follow.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Yes, that is excellent advice - the cream always rises to the top and it's hard not to notice the cherry on the very top!

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. (Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty) 5 months ago

HI Roy Kelley - This is escellent advice. I used to manage offices and also staffing. I simplified that statement to "become an expert" in some area that makes you a valuable asset and get noticed.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 5 months ago

Roy, that is a statement to share with our kids growing up today!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

Being "the expert" in whichever niche. farm you choose is what it's all about !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 5 months ago


Oprah is a very wise woman, and her success in doing exactly what she is preaching is proof of that.  Thank you for sharing this with us, I had no idea that she was speaking at my alma mater.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Good advice Roy Kelley . It would have been fun to play "Guess who said" ... I would not have got it in a million years.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) 5 months ago

Yes, the more value you can bring, the less chances of being dismissed. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) 5 months ago

Couldn't agree more. When I teach real estate classes I tell them the first thing is not to find your passion, it is to find you core competence aso you are not a commodity.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 5 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

The Main Street Farmers and Artists Market is open Saturdays, year round, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find it in the Main Street Pavilion at 301 Main Street, one block off of Kentlands Boulevard, with several local farms, kitchens, and a variety of local artists with unique handcrafted items. Products available for purchase include a vast assortment of fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, various herbs, cut flowers, and potted plants, baked goods, crab cakes, dog treats, meat, eggs, and honey. Our arts and craft vendors sell jewelry, photographs, health and beauty products, blown glass, knitted items, quilts, purses, woodworking items, clothing, children’s accessories, yard art, and more!

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 months ago