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The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose Published by Flatiron Books Format: Hardcover
Source: Flatiron Books
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Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible." That journey starts right here. In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us. Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. Renowned figures such as Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jay-Z, and Ellen DeGeneres share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.
Paired with over 100 awe-inspiring photographs to help illuminate the wisdom of these messages, The Path Made Clear provides readers with a beautiful resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.

When Oprah Winfrey releases a new book it’s an automatic MUST have for me. So when I heard about The Path Made Clear last year, I knew I had to add it to my home library collection. I’m looking forward to diving in to this one and soaking up all the wisdom from Queen O and her peers.  Doesn’t the synopsis pull you right in and make you want to crack open the book to start reading?

The book is divided into ten different sections: The Seeds, The Roots, The Whispers, The Clouds, The Map, The Road, The Climb, The Give, The Reward and Home.


I haven’t finished reading the entire book yet, but here are a few quotes from Oprah that really resonated with me:

Your life isn’t about a big break.  It’s about taking one significant life-transforming step at a time.

What I know for sure is you become what you believe.

Wealth is a tool that gives you choices, but it’s can’t compensate for a file not fully lived.

On a side note, when I turned forty, I took a long hard look at my life and analyzed some of the previous obstacles I used to let stand in my way of achieving my goals. Maybe some of these obstacles have been holding you back too and cluttering your life path to destiny.

The first obstacle was ME. Yes, I was always stepping in and getting in my own way. Do you do that too sometimes? I’ve come to realize if you don’t believe in yourself. . .no one else will. Period.

The second obstacle was my past.  This included failed plans, broken dreams, aborted goals. . .what others have said to me. . .or anything else in my past that was weighing me down. I know now you must not let your past determine your future. If you’re struggling with this right now, you might want to write this down.

I’m forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

The third obstacle was resources. Many people never clear the hurdles to success because they don’t think they have the resources to accomplish their goals. Trust and believe you have access to all the educational, spiritual, and, yes, financial resources you need. If you really want to do something you can. No excuses.

The fourth obstacle was self-imposed limitations. If this is something you’re dealing with ask yourself how many books have you read thus far this year? If you don’t like to read. . .you need to change. . .or your life will remain the same.

The last obstacle is the opinions of others. Stop caring what other people think and live your life. You are destined for greatness.

I’m sure some of these obstacles and many more are covered in The Path Made Clear which releases on March 26th.

Your turn: Do any of these obstacles resonate with you in clearing the path in your life? Feel free to share in the comments.

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  • Reply Tony M.

    Hi Charnaie,
    I just signed up here today and saw the Oprah book review–I’m definitely getting it today. I’ll probably have more informed comments on obstacles in my life after I read it, but my pressing endless loop is an obstacle to geographic relocation. I grew up in Africa and know that I’m needed there to help make socioeconomic changes: that’s what took me to grad school in the US. My heart longs for a return to Africa to work there daily, but I practically cannot do so now because of an unfortunate divorce that has my young kids in shared custody for at least a decade more. I wouldn’t want to miss seeing my kids regularly, but I also know that I’m not following my true calling in this world. I don’t know if Oprah has wisdom enough to help me solve this conundrum…I’ll let you know!

    August 5, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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