Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Jimmy Kimmel Studio for an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in Hollywood. (August 14, 2013)

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Jimmy Kimmel Studio for an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in Hollywood.
(August 14, 2013)

*Oprah Winfrey fans have heard her tell this story many times.

“At first I thought I was going to be a fourth grade teacher because of my favorite, Mrs. Duncan,” the talk show powerhouse began during a recent press conference for her film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

Winfrey ran through her early professional aspirations to underscore one of her favorite sayings: God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself.

“I try to stay in that space and live in that space that is the universe’s dream for me, that is the bigger dream for me,” she said. “That is how I try to live my life now. ‘All right what do you have for me?’

“I see myself, really, as a messenger for a message that is greater than myself. And the message is you can. You can. You can. You can do and you can be and you can grow and it can get better and it doesn’t matter where you were born or who your mother was or how many doctor degrees you did have or your family had or your father had.”

Below, Oprah continues her “God can dream a bigger dream” example, explaining how her initial dreams of being a teacher changed once she was introduced to television news, and why she fired her first agent over his inability to dream big.