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Publisher's Summary

After failing at 22 other jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from her boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using 24 unconventional lessons learned from her mom, Barbara built that tiny company into a $4 billion business, and today she's richer than her wildest childhood dreams.

Barbara's hilarious stories and her mom's pithy advice (from "If you want to be a cheerleader, you better know the cheers" to "Jumping out the window will make you either an ass or a hero") are bound to inspire greatness in any reader. This national best seller (previously titled Use What You've Got) will make you feel better about yourself and teach you to look at obstacles in a whole different way.

This audiobook is identical to Use What You've Got.
©2003 Barbara Corcoran and Bruce Littlefield (P)2004 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Corcoran's humanity, humor, and wisdom gently convey worthwhile lessons for those who would like to succeed on their own terms." (Miami Herald)
"A practial, funny compendium of advice that should stick with any reader." (USA Today)
"A likeable and worthwhile book, an honorable contribution with heart." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • ASH
  • Georgia
  • 04-27-04

Enjoyable and Inspiring!

One of the most enjoyable and inspiring audiobooks I've listened to. It was the perfect companion on a long drive because it allowed for time to brainstorm ways to apply the thoughts and ideas the author talked about to my own business. I think that being read by the author also makes it more enjoyable because you can really hear her personality and passion come alive.

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A great communication, sales & marketing book!

For everybody interested in communication, self-improvement, sales or marketing, this book is a 'must listen'. You'll be fascinated when Barbara tells her story, becoming a successfull self-made Real Estate Agent with basically zero education and capital. It seems all you need is a sharp mind and a good way with people... A great book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • TN
  • 08-29-04

A must read for anyone who was poor student.

A must read for anyone starting a business who was poor student in school or anyone that loves a good story. The book is funny interesting and inspirational. For the many people who were unable to excel in school it is so helpful when the individuals who have achieved phenomenal success share their stories. The other current best seller that highlights this phenomenon is, "The Devil in the White City" detailing the extraordinary contributions of Daniel H. Burnham. Enjoy!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable listen...

This was a fun listen. Corcoran relays practical business insights in a funny and light hearted way. I wanted to keep driving so I could listen to the whole book. Highly recommended

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  • Scott
  • Ladera Ranch, CA, USA
  • 09-18-04

Excellent Buy

I loved this book. Entertaining and informative. Very basic but true to every business professional. Highly recommended.

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Funny, interesting and useful!

Barbara Corcoran learned eternal optimism from her mother and used it to build a 2-billion dollar business! Great story and advice for how to overcome challenges in business.

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  • Linnea
  • Las Vegas, NV, 89104
  • 04-18-17

A truly inviting and humorous adventure!

I loved this book and I really enjoyed that it was read by the author!

Not only did I learn a lot about business, I also felt like I was part of her family and part of her business team.

Epic.

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Such a delight

This book was referred to me by my business partner....And man do I not regret taking the listen.

Barbara is smart, fun, witty, and has the type of cunning I can't even begin to describe.

This book made me laugh, got me thinking, and was an inspiration.l!

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Absolutely inspiring!!!

I was hanging from every word and every experience and I love the way she uses her childhood experience with each adult challenge she faces. Loved this audio book!!

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empowerment

her mother taught her to be a strong woman able to accomplish great things one step at a time