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Oprah: Pain shall pass

Oprah Winfrey has discussed how she transforms upsetting situations into empowering trials.

The 60-year-old media mogul is known for being involved with projects that send a positive message to audiences.

And Oprah reveals she lives her life knowing all challenges are only temporary sources of discomfort.

"What I know for sure is no matter what you're going through, this too shall pass. And that all trials stands to have you look at yourself and say, 'Who am I really?'," she told Entertainment Tonight.

Oprah was great friends with beloved late poet Dr. Maya Angelou, who passed away at the age of 86 in May.

One day she called the author while experiencing a horrid sense of helplessness.

"I remember calling Maya Angelou one day crying," Oprah recalled. "She said to say thank you right now. I was like, 'Say thank you? Why say thank you when you're going through the worst of times?' You say thank you because you know you're faith is strong enough. You're belief is strong enough. You will get to the other side. This too shall pass."

The Butler actress is one of the most successful businesswomen in the world, having amassed an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion.

But Oprah confesses she is also prone to making mistakes and at this point in life she has pinpointed the cause of some of her more major poor choices.

"My biggest mistakes have always come when I didn't listen to that little voice," the star shared. "The thing that we do have -- that everybody has -- is that voice that guides. I call it my spiritual, personal GPS, and I've made my biggest mistakes when I didn't listen to that."

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