This week I’m absolutely honored to be joined by Sharon Lechter. As an entrepreneur, international speaker, New York Times best-selling author, mentor, philanthropist, licensed CPA for 35 years and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Sharon is the premier expert for financial literacy and entrepreneurial success. She is a highly sought-after mentor and has worked with major brands like Disney and Time Warner and served two U.S. Presidents as an advisor on the topic of financial literacy. As CEO of Pay Your Family First, she has dedicated her entrepreneurial efforts to the creation and distribution of financial education books, games, curriculums, and other experiential learning projects. Everything about Sharon’s career centers around impacting others to improve their financial IQ, access untapped potential personally and in business, and create their own legacy.
We start by talking about her background where, as a lifelong education advocate, in 1989, she joined forces with the inventor of the first electronic ‘talking book’ and helped him expand the electronic book industry to a multi-million dollar international market. In 1997 Sharon co-authored the international bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad, and has released 14 other books in the Rich Dad series. Over 10 years as the co-founder and CEO, she built the empire into the world’s leading personal finance brand.
In 2008, she was asked by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to help re-energize the powerful teachings of Napoleon Hill just as the international economy was faltering. Sharon has released three bestselling books in cooperation with the Foundation, including Think and Grow Rich-Three Feet from Gold, Outwitting the Devil and her latest project, Think and Grow Rich for Women, released in June of 2014. She is also featured in the 2017 movie Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy and has released the book Save Wisely, Spend Happily in cooperation with the American Institute of CPAs.
We also discuss her soon to be released latest book Exit Rich, in which she teams up with Michelle Seiler Tucker to create a must-have guide for all business owners—whether they’re gearing up to sell a business now or just getting started building out their company into something to sell for a profit in the future. The book provides a twofold approach to selling a business for maximum profit to help business owners set goals for the sale before their business hit the market, and to help them objectively evaluate their business’s worth, before their potential buyers do. It is a step-by-step blueprint for maximizing business profits, while learning how to evaluate your business, when to sell it, and how to work with the top business authorities to make that happen.
I have to say, this was one of my favorite episodes we’ve done on The Alden Report. Thank you so much again to Sharon for joining us this week.