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The Five Books That Help Viola Davis Through

Oprah Daily Logo By Wadzanai Mhute of Oprah Daily | Slide 1 of 6: Viola Davis has spent years building a dazzling career, at first distancing herself from a past of poverty and trauma, and ultimately reconciling with that past. The actor's artistic achievements as the first African American to earn the Triple Crown of acting, with an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony to her name, were exciting at first, but she eventually realized that the past still haunted her. She decided to stop running and interrogate her history in order to understand her present and embrace her own story.Davis embarked on a hero’s journey of self-discovery like the one described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which she referenced in her interview with Oprah, saying, “As you go down this path of transformation, of really trying to become your ideal self, you are going to meet the part of yourself that you don’t want to be. You are going to see all your flaws; you are going to see all of the things that cause you pain. You are not going to see God; you are going to see you. And then you hope that when you meet that self that you no longer want to be, you have two choices at that point: You can just stay there and be swallowed, or you can move on. I choose to move on. I didn’t want to be swallowed.”Here are five books that inspired her along her journey. What they share is the importance of looking within, identifying your feelings, and returning to core values through the discovery of one's true, authentic self.

Viola Davis has spent years building a dazzling career, at first distancing herself from a past of poverty and trauma, and ultimately reconciling with that past. The actor's artistic achievements as the first African American to earn the Triple Crown of acting, with an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony to her name, were exciting at first, but she eventually realized that the past still haunted her. She decided to stop running and interrogate her history in order to understand her present and embrace her own story.

Davis embarked on a hero’s journey of self-discovery like the one described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which she referenced in her interview with Oprah, saying, “As you go down this path of transformation, of really trying to become your ideal self, you are going to meet the part of yourself that you don’t want to be. You are going to see all your flaws; you are going to see all of the things that cause you pain. You are not going to see God; you are going to see you. And then you hope that when you meet that self that you no longer want to be, you have two choices at that point: You can just stay there and be swallowed, or you can move on. I choose to move on. I didn’t want to be swallowed.”

Here are five books that inspired her along her journey. What they share is the importance of looking within, identifying your feelings, and returning to core values through the discovery of one's true, authentic self.

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