Oprah Winfrey will be the first to tell you she has worked hard for everything she has and deserves to be where she is.
The famed tv host, along with her co-author Arthur C. Brooks just dropped a new book – Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier– where they discuss how to live a purposeful life. While speaking to PEOPLE about the book, she addressed imposter syndrome and why it does not resonate with her.
"I don't have any of that imposter feelings that so many people have," she said. "I didn't even understand it, I had to look it up."
For her, an upbringing beside her father helped mold her into the living legend she is today.
"I remember as a young girl being a strong orator in the national competition for speaking and winning the local championships, then the state championships. And then placing, I think it was No. 3 or something, in the nationals," she shared with outlet. "And I remember after every contest, the families whose kids were just in the contest were going to celebrate and their families were all excited. My father's thing was, 'Get your coat.'"
She continued, "I learned, in all these years, every exciting thing that would happen to me it was always, that's good, get your coat. Get your coat. I don't know if that was ingrained in my personality or I just learned that nobody's going to be excited about it, so you might as well just get your coat and go. I don't have high highs and I don't have low lows. Which is a good thing, because no matter what I'm going through, I know I'm going to come out of it, and be okay."
Winfrey –whose career spans over 40 years– now says she had adapted the “the ability to live in the space of true appreciation for a life, not just well lived, but well-earned.”
She also reflected on the pride she feels for her great-grandfather, who was an enslaved person who earned 80 acres of land in exchange for labor.
“And so, now that I sit on land that I own, land that I worked for, learned land that I earned, I feel the essence and presence of all that has come before me to allow me to be in this space... I didn't have a grandfather, a great-grandfather who could give me land.”
“But now...I am able to have my own and to know that I work for it. And it wasn't a husband that did it. It wasn't a brother or an uncle, or whatever did it, but I did it," Winfrey added.