Oprah Winfrey’s enduring LYBL philosophy inspires us. As founder and editorial director of her eponymous magazine, Oprah encourages us to make the world a better place.

Over the past 18 years of reading O, the Oprah Magazine, I’ve learned how to build a framework from my worst failures and biggest successes.

When I was 20, I became the first African American Radio City Music Hall Rockette. The year was 1987, and New York City was still three years away from electing its first black mayor.

My triumph was marked with conflict.

Thirty-two years earlier, when Arthur Mitchell became the first African American dancer in a major ballet company at the New York City Ballet, it was nothing short of a miracle. Unlike Mr. Mitchell, I was spared the indignities of pre-civil rights America, but I wasn’t spared the antagonism.

Did I want to overthrow the system? No! I sought to change it by demanding full inclusion, to open-up possibilities, and to broaden the language of the art form.

Using Oprah’s LYBL tenets, I’ve polished the qualities that I hold near and dear, and I’ve compiled them into a simple ABC guide to be rolled-out every Wednesday.

Live your best life! Love your best life!

A is for Altruism

B is for Beauty

C is for Change

D is for Discipline

E is for Etiquette

F is for Forgiveness

G is for Graciousness

H is for Humanity

I is for Ingenuity

J is for Justice

K is for Kindness

L is for Love

M is for Motivation

N is for Noble

O is for Order

P is for Pride

Q is for Quality

R is for Risk

S is for Sportsmanship

T is for Trust

U is for Unafraid

V is for Veracity

W is for Wisdom

X is for Xenial

Y is for Youthful

Z is for Zeal