Thursday, July 13, 2006

Use What You've Got, and Other Business Lessons I Learned from My Mom -- by Barbara Corcoran

Use What You've Got, and Other Business Lessons I Learned from My Mom -- by Barbara Corcoran

This is a really nice book. A lot of useful insight from a very successful entrepreneur sprinkled with many hilarious examples.

One of the quotes from the book is as follows.
"If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails "

The author  later came out with a book titled as above :)

If you have lived in an apartment  community especially in the Northeast, chances are you probably have had some association with Corcoran. Corcoran group manages many apartment communities all over Northeast. The author is the Corcoran behind Corcoran properties.

Corcoran  stands out because she probably is one of the first women entrepreneurs to make it really big in real estate and that too in big apple (NY city). For a person who scraped a hard living working many odd jobs, achieving all that success before she turned 50 is amazing. She sold her company for 70 million dollars a few years back. Although the author does not seem to be associated with the company anymore, her name which became a big brand continues to thrive.

The author who grew up in a big family of 10 children quotes many funny quotes, anecdotes she heard from her mother while growing up and then describes a real life business challenge she faced and how she successfully solved it and how her mother's simple advice was as effective as it was in running a household as it was to solve a business problem.

Audio book packs a lot of punch. It is read by the author herself and she does a fabulous job of creating a very realistic experience of her childhood and business life with her very well modulated voice and histrionics.

Excellent book.


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