What I Know Now About Success

Letters from Extraordinary Women to Their Younger Selves


What if you received a letter from your future self with a recipe for success? In the same manner of the New York Times bestseller What I Know Now and If I’d Known Then comes a new collection of letters to inspire and ignite the ambitions of women everywhere. Editor Ellyn Spragins asked dozens of extraordinary women to draft letters to their younger selves; women who, despite their current success, once needed guidance to fulfill their own personal dreams and desires.

In these poignant and perceptive letters, you will recognize the names of some of the most successful women in the world including: news journalist Barbara Walters, fashion designer Kate Spade, news anchor Soledad O’Brien, fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg, Food Network star Paula Deen, and finance expert Suze Orman. Each woman’s definition of success—and instructions for how to achieve it–might be different. But their letters contain gems of wisdom we can all share. Here are stories of personal triumph; stories of trailblazers who risked everything; stories of the emotional struggle and the onward journey toward the fulfillment of their wildest dreams; and ultimately, stories of ordinary women facing familiar obstacles, who were able to accomplish something extraordinary.

The perfect gift for women with high hopes and big dreams, What I Know Now About Success offers unparalleled glimpses into the personal lives of remarkable women and will arouse the innate ambition and resolve hidden inside every reader.

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