“The one thing that I think is critical in the entrepreneurial spirit is that it’s all attitude,” says Fields. “If you think you can, then you’re half way there. If you say, ‘I can’t,’ then you’re defeated.” Nobody, not even Fields’ own husband, believed in her ability to start a business. But Fields refused to be defeated and stayed determined to achieve her goals.
“I always knew I’d be a millionaire by age thirty-two,” said Oprah in 1987. “In fact, I am going to be the richest black woman in America.” 19 years later, with a net worth of $1.4 billion, Oprah has become not only the richest black woman in America, but also one of the richest people in the world. She ranks 235 on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list and almost 30 million American houses tune in to her show daily to hear her talk about everything from relationship problems to business investments to human rights abuses around the world.