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Today, we are often caught up in climbing the ladder of success, building immense wealth, and indulging in material pleasures of the world because society has deemed that to be the determining factors of happiness. As a result, we may end up forgetting some basic but important values about life, love and relationships. What should we really be placing value on? And how can we reach so called self actualisation in a way that benefits not just ourselves?
In What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey, the legendary talk show host shares candid and sometimes harsh life lessons she has learned over the years that every reader will be able to identify with at some stage in their life. Most importantly, it is a book that teaches us to be better versions of ourselves.
Organised by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these short writings offer a rare and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of an extraordinary woman – while providing readers with a realistic guide to becoming better versions of themselves.
Readers will find that they are not alone in whatever the situation they are facing because even a powerful woman like Oprah has been through it. Through her words of comfort and assurance, this book gives fresh perspective on common life struggles like ageing, weight and self esteem, betrayal, failure, work life balance and relationships, thus equipping readers to take action and make changes to their lives.
In Gratitude, Oprah shares about the habit of keeping a gratitude journal where she would list 5 specific things that she was grateful for everyday. This allowed her to see the good out of a bad day or during moments of low.
In Connection, she highlights the importance of communication in relationships and offers a simple word of advice – ask when in doubt and how saying three simple words ‘I hear you’ can improve the relationship significantly.
There will be moments of laughter and tears throughout the book, as readers gain insight into intimate and everyday routines of the world’s first female African American billionaire. Realising that she is not so different after all, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure rings truth that readers will turn to over and over again.