“She symbolizes everything I believe the Oprah Show stands for.”— Oprah Winfrey, about Tererai Trent

(photo from oprah.com)

In last week’s blog post, I shared my story about Tererai Trent and the impact she has had on my life and the lives of other Big Fish.  Then on Friday (May 20), I was so excited to hear the announcement that Tererai is Oprah’s All-Time Favorite Guest!!

It was my dream come true to have a Big Fish make such an impact on the world, but even more importantly, it is Tererai’s dream come true!

I say “is” (present tense) Tererai’s dream come true because the real impact was not the few minutes she was on the Oprah show, but the incredible gift that Oprah provided to help Tererai make an ongoing BIG impact:  $1.5 million for Save the Children to make Tererai’s dream of re-building of The Matau Primary School in Zimbabwe come true!

This project is expected to improve the education of 4,000 children in Tererai’s home village and neighboring communities — that’s 4,000 children who will finally have a chance for quality education because of Tererai’s vision, perserverence, and inspiration!

I could hardly believe my ears when Oprah described why she chose Tererai as her All-Time Favorite Guest, because it was all about the things that are SO important to Big Fish!

Here’s how Oprah described Tererai’s impact:

“[Her] story encapsulates the essence of every lesson we’ve shared over the past 25 years: hope, your thoughts create your reality, gratitude…it doesn’t matter where you come from. She proves you can keep reaching for your dreams, that one person can make a difference in the world—and above all, you have the power,” Oprah says.

(photo from savethechildren.org)

Yes, women entreprenuers, YOU HAVE THE POWER!

Or as Tererai’s new t-shirts for charity say, Tinogona: “It IS Achievable!”

Thank you, Tererai, for showing us that one person CAN make a difference in the world.

I also want to thank a few other Big Fish who supported Tererai in getting her beautiful t-shirts ready for the Oprah show in record time:

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Tererai’s dream started becoming a reality the day she wrote down her goals (and hid them under a rock).  In honor of Tererai’s achievement and example, I am including a Tinogona “It IS Achievable” t-shirt with EVERY Goals Short Course order!  Click this link for more information and registration.