Use what you've got: and other business lessons I learned from my mom

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Portfolio, Feb 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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As one of ten kids in a blue-collar family in Edgewater, New Jersey, Barbara Corcoran didn't have many material advantages. She shared her bedroom with five sisters and shared her socks in a communal sock drawer. Yet she grew up to have plenty of self-confidence, because her mother had an amazing gift for nurturing the unique talents in each of her children. Barbara's mom didn't know much about business, but she understood how the world works, and how to make the most of what you've got. In the early 1970s, Barbara borrowed $1000 from her boyfriend to get her start in real estate. That led to the birth of The Corcoran Group, which today is New York's premier residential real estate brokerage, with over $1 billion in annual revenue. Her amazing rise to the top has become the stuff of legend and inspiration. Barbara -- now nicknamed the Queen of New York Real Estate -- credits her success to not just to hard work and determination, but to her mom's enormously valuable advice. Not just the standard maternal wisdom, but real gems such as, "If the clubhouse is quiet, they're probably not making spaghetti." In Use What You've Got, Corcoran illustrates her mother's wisdom and insight with twenty-five "how tos" for getting ahead in business. Each lesson is brought to life with real business scenarios, an outrageous childhood adventure story, and tips garnered from Corcoran's years in the most competitive real estate market in the world. Her mother's winning advice includes: "There's always room for one more." "It's your game, make up your own rules." "You've got to bully a bully." With a tell-it-like-it-is attitude, Corcoran offers her keys to success -- from dressing the part and overcoming obstacles to the nuts and bolts of hiring, firing, motivating, marketing, and much, much more.

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Very easy read. Examples and connections were very well done. Read full review

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Without a clear plan, you won't know where you're going, and you'll have little chance of getting there. ~ Barbara Corcoran This book details the story of Barbara Cocoran and how she built her ... Read full review



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Barbara Corcoran is the author of the national bestseller Use What You've Got. She founded the successful Corcoran Group real estate company and was CEO until she sold it in 2005. Corcoran is president of the television production and business consulting company Barbara Corcoran Inc. She is currently the weekly real estate contributor to NBC's Today show, she hosts "The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran" on CNBC, and she writes a weekly column in the New York Daily News. Corcoran lives in New York City with her husband, Bill and their two children.
Warren Berger has written for Wired and The New York Times, and is the author of several books on the subjects of lifestyle, design, and advertising. He lives with his wife in Westchester County, New York.

Bruce Littlefield is a New York-based designer, writer, and restaurateur. Hailed as a "design and lifestyle guru" by "Publisher's Weekly", he is the author of the recently published "Garage Sale America" and "Airstream Living", and co-writer of the best-selling "Use What You've Got" and "Other Business Lessons I learned from My Mom" with real-estate magnate Barbara Corcoran. Originally from the south, decorating for Christmas is as natural as breathing to Bruce, and each December finds him attempting over-the-top mischief. His personal collection of Christmas treasures can be found displayed proudly every hol iday season in a 1940s Catskills' farmhouse, which he renovated and decorated himself.

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