Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, originally published in 1937, has been credited with helping America get out of the Great Depression. It shares the secrets of success and many of today’s leaders credit reading Think and Grow Rich as being their guidepost for their own success stories. We wanted to re-introduce Hill’s wisdom during our current economic crisis to help anyone looking for hope and inspiration. We interviewed over 35 of today’s top leaders, not only about their successes, but about how they kept going during their difficult times. Their stories and words of wisdom will help the readers find the courage to keep going and help them realize that they are only Three Feet from Gold!
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
We published Three Feet From Gold through Sterling Publishers. They saw the vision and the opportunity presented in the book. We published the book as a joint venture, creating a new precedent in the publishing arena.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
Believe it or not, my 8th grade English teacher told me I would be a writer. But it took me almost 40 years to realize it. I have always written articles, even when I was a practicing CPA for my profession or for the non-profits I was involved with. But it was in 1987 when I joined the inventor of the first talking children’s book that I found my passion for writing. Then in 1992 my oldest son went off to college and got into credit card debt. It was then that I combined my professional background as a CPA and experience in publishing with my passion as a parent and dedicated my professional life to financial literacy. I co-authored Rich Dad Poor Dad which was released in 1997 followed by 14 other Rich Dad books and now Three Feet From Gold!
What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Carving out the time. We are all multi-taskers in our lives but it is important to focus and dedicate yourself to your writing and keep the distractions to a minimum. I am most productive when I go to a room overlooking the beach and set-up to write. All else melts away and I am able to focus on writing.
How do you do research for your books?
Every book is different and requires a different type of research. To write about success you want to interview successful people…as well as people who have faced failure in their quest for success. When writing about money or the economy it is important to have a third party check your facts for validation. I will normally ask my attorney and/or accountant to review my writing for accuracy.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?
That perseverance is very important. When I received the call from Don Green of The Napoleon Hill Foundation and he asked me to step into this project, I was at a low point in my own life. I was involved in a business dispute that was very stressful. Even though I knew I was standing in the truth, at the time of Don’s call, I was considering throwing in the towel because of the brain-drain it was causing. Don’s call and having the opportunity to work on Three Feet From Gold was a true gift. Hearing and writing the stories of perseverance of all the leaders we interviewed, gave me the personal courage to stand firm and persevere. Six months later my business dispute was settled…and I was happy!
What are you reading now?
Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door by Harvey Mackay. It is a great book for anyone looking to redefine themselves and re-enter the job market.
And I regularly read the Prayer of Jabez for personal inspiration.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I mostly read business or spiritual books. The best way to become successful is to learn from other successful people. I truly enjoy books from Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie and consider their works classics and evergreen. In addition, I enjoyed Good to Great by Jim Collins, The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell and any book by Harvey Mackay or Mark Victor Hansen.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book is called Outwitting the Devil and was a manuscript originally written by Napoleon Hill in 1938. It has remained hidden for over 70 years and I am thrilled to be bringing it out later this year or early next year in cooperation with The Napoleon Hill Foundation.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Write as though you are having a conversation with the reader. This will engage their hearts as well as their brains. Tell stories. By telling stories the reader will experience what you want to share. The trick is in sharing….not telling!
Look for a publisher who shares your vision. But understand that you are responsible for the success of your book. Your publisher may help during the launch phase of your book but then they will move on to their next releases. It is up to you to keep your book in the public’s attention. Your publisher will help in production and distribution. You are responsible for the promotion.
What are you doing to promote your latest book?
Becoming and staying a successful author requires constant and on-going promotion. I speak to various groups and am fortunate to have interview opportunities like this one. Thank you for helping us promote Three Feet From Gold.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Thank you for asking. For more information about me please visit www.payyourfamilyfirst.com or www.sharonlechter.com. For more information about The Napoleon Hill Foundation please visit www.naphill.org.