"Run away from toxic people. Instead, surround yourself with others who are positive, who support you and want you to succeed."
Tererai Trent, a rural Zimbabwean who escaped an abusive marriage and earned a PhD, shared this advice at Oprah's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. The school's first seniors—they graduate this month—gave her a standing ovation.
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