Use What You've Got, & Other Business Lessons I Learned from My Mom

  • by Barbara Corcoran, Bruce Littlefield
  • Narrated by Barbara Corcoran
  • 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Growing up, Barbara Corcoran shared one floor in a three-family house in New Jersey with her parents and nine brothers and sisters. She had few luxuries, but she was blessed with a mother who taught her to have self-confidence. 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. After failing at twenty-two other jobs, Barbara borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Today, with over $4 billion in revenues, The Corcoran Group is New York's premier real estate company, and Barbara is richer than her wildest dreams. Whether you're just starting out, fighting your way up the career ladder, or reentering the workforce, the homespun lessons that work for Barbara will help you use what you've got to create success in your life.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Business Information/Educational, 2004
"Equal parts business primer, Oprah-spirited coming-of-age memoir and sneaky PR brochure for herself...Corcoran has produced a likable and worthwhile book, an honorable contribution with heart." (Publishers Weekly)
"A practial, funny compendium of advice that should stick with any reader." (USA Today)
"Part memoir, part rough guide to business and 100 percent in-your-face glee." (Working Mother)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Get to the point

Found this book while doing a search for titles relating to real estate. Turned out to be a long rambling story without much substance. Reminds me a lot of the Robert Kiyosaki "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" narrative but without the helpful ideas. I think that the fact that one reviewer called it Oprah-spirited says it all. This book is a fat, waste of time.
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- Rigsman


I was looking for an educational book on real estate and real estate investing, however, this did not hit the mark. This book was, however, an interesting rags to riches story and entertained my wife and I during a long trip.
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- Edward

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2003
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.