In the early 1900s, self-made steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie challenged Napoleon Hill, then a small-town newspaper reporter, to interview the most successful people of the day and condense their wisdom into a formula for success. Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, was based on interviews conducted over two decades with notables including Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and others. Conspicuously absent among Hill’s sources were women.
In the new Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance (Tarcher/Penguin), best-selling author Sharon Lechter has reframed the 13 Steps to Success outlined in Hill’s book to speak directly to women’s attitudes and strengths.
“Why mess with the brilliance of Napoleon Hill’s original book?” Lechter writes, explaining that she wanted to include insights gained from successful women. “Think and Grow Rich for Women is a celebration of these women and every woman who has succeeded in spite of the obstacles they have encountered—women who have changed history, created great business success, and provided great opportunities for others.”