In 1996, Winfrey launched Oprah’s Book Club on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since its beginnings more than two decades ago, it’s only grown in prestige and popularity. Winfrey has expressed her love of books not only through the book club but throughout her career during interviews, speeches and in written articles. When it comes to entrepreneurshipand business, considering her wildly successful career, who better to take note from than Winfrey.
So, if you’re in search of a great book to kick off your year, here are 11 Oprah Winfrey-approved books every entrepreneur should read.
1. "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a student or a corporate executive, it’s important to be prepared for anything that might come your way. From minute challenges to major hardships that turn your world upside down, entrepreneurship can be a roller coaster. As the most recent book to land on Winfrey’s Book Club reading list, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue is a fictional novel about a Cameroonian couple, Jende and Neni Jonga, who immigrate to New York City just before the 2008 financial collapse. Jende and Neni find stability as Jende becomes the driver to a partner at Lehman Brothers, however once the recession hits, the Jongas are faced with major challenges and have to make tough decisions.
2. "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav
In her June 2017 commencement speech at Skidmore College last spring, Winfrey spoke about a book that changed her life: Gary Zukav’s The Seat of the Soul. The book, which now has prefaces written by Maya Angelou and Winfrey herself, is an inspirational, thought-provoking guide on how to take control of your life. Outlining the phases of actions and how to understand your own power, Winfrey shared during the address: “In it, [Zukav] talks about how every action is followed by a reaction, which we all know is the third law of motion in physics. But he also said, before there's even a thought or an action, there is an intention.”