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Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business | [Barbara Corcoran, Bruce Littlefield]

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

In Shark Tales, Barbara shares her hilarious stories about growing up, getting into trouble, failing miserably, and then starting over again. In each chapter, she comes back to one of her mom's unconventional lessons, and how it applies in the real world of business. Whatever your calling, the homespun lessons that work for Barbara will help you use what you've got to create success in your life.
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Publisher's Summary

In Shark Tales, Barbara shares her hilarious stories about growing up, getting into trouble, failing miserably, and then starting over again. In each chapter, she comes back to one of her mom's unconventional lessons, and how it applies in the real world of business. Whatever your calling, the homespun lessons that work for Barbara will help you use what you've got to create success in your life. Whether you're just starting out, fighting your way up the career ladder, or re-entering the workforce, Shark Tales is an owner's manual to your most valuable asset.

Growing up, author 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 22 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 $2 billion in revenues, The Corcoran Group in New York's premier real-estate company, and Barbara is richer than her wildest dreams.

©2011 Barbara Corcoran (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Part memoir, part rough guide to business and 100 percent in-your-face glee." (Working Mother)

"A practical, funny compendium of advice that should stick with any reader." (USA Today)

"I love this book." (Judge Judy)

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    Daniel L. Stanley SC 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As a new Realtor..."

    I'm stealing all of these ideas! After realizing what she was doing and why, I am shocked that more Realtors do not take her approach. Amazing and entertaining listen. Perfect for recreation or any profession.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Oak Lawn, IL, United States 07-20-12
    Kathy Oak Lawn, IL, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was well written, entertaining and informative


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoy Barbara Corcoran and all that she has achieved in her career.


    Any additional comments?

    I think readers should be aware that Barbara Corcoran's prior two books "Use What You've Got" and "If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned From My Mom" are an exact repeat of the first half of Shark Tales! Buyer Beware!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha tempe, AZ, United States 08-08-11
    Natasha tempe, AZ, United States 08-08-11
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    "WOW"

    finally a book about a woman going from nothing to a billion dollar co. shes funny, KIND! and a great example! WOW! her story is amazing...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christa Houston, TX, United States 05-30-15
    Christa Houston, TX, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A great story and great lessons!"

    Barbara is very fascinating and tells a lot about her ride to success. Includes flashbacks to her childhood and the impact her mother had on her life.

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    Carolyn Jonesboro, GA, United States 05-26-15
    Carolyn Jonesboro, GA, United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2013

    I AM A RETIRED EDUCATOR.....I LIVE IN JONESBORO, GEORGIA.....I HAVE 3 DOGS AND 6 CATS.....

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    "Shark Takes"

    Barbara Corcoran is one smart lady! She is a go getter! She came from a wonderful family of 10 children who were loved and cared for and her Mother told her to go get what you want and she did! I love Barbara she's my favorite!

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    Y 04-30-15
    Y 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Barbara Corcoran, shared so much insite..."

    She shares the best an most intimate family and business stories. I really sense that she loved and thought of her mother the way I thought of my grandmother. She also reminds me of the smart women my mother is. I look up to her because we share some of the same thoughts about personal success. I would love to learn and grow in my business to the level she has and beyond when possible. Great Story Barbara. Share more!

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    Michael Gennaro BATON ROUGE, LA, US 04-14-15
    Michael Gennaro BATON ROUGE, LA, US 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Rags to Riches Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed it and know that when I meet Barbara at the billionaire's club,
    we'll pick up right where we left off:)

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    Clay Clay FORT WORTH TEXAS 03-27-15
    Clay Clay FORT WORTH TEXAS 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this lady on shark Tank and love her book"

    I really love this book a really taught me a lot of lessons that I could implement with my business. I love the way Barbara tell stories that taught you lessons as well as being entertaining. I love watching her on shark Tank love her spirit and her personality. So happy that there was a book out there to learn more about her and to learn from her. Bravo!

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    Gerald M. 03-19-15
    Gerald M. 03-19-15
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    "Barbara Corcoran did a great job"

    definitely worth listening. Definitely. Down-to-earth story with some good business tips. also thought it was great that Barbara Corcoran was the one reading the story

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    Sam 02-11-15
    Sam 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspirering story"

    Barbara tells a very honest story. It's entertaining- but not hardcore indepth.

    I enjoyed it !

    And recommend it as audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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