One lesson author Barbara Corcoran learned early is that you can succeed by being who you are and making the most of what you’ve got. Her book “If you don’t have big breasts, put ribbons on your pigtails & other lessons I learned from my mother” is a national best seller. In addition to creating a multi-billion dollar real estate business, The Corcoran Group which she sold in 2001 for $66 million, Barbara is also one of the investors on NBC’s popular Shark Tank, now in its third season.
Published in 2004, this book is a little older but the ideas are still extremely relevant and her story is inspiring. Barbara reminds readers that if the competition offers something you can’t match, you need to find a way to play up what you have to offer.
Picking up a business book may not be high on your summer to do list, but if you pick this one up, you will find many useful business tips woven into an entertaining memoir.
Here are just five of the 24 lessons Barbara shares with her readers that helped her to become one ofAmerica’s most successful business women. You’ll have to read the book yourself for the rest!
- On hiring…
“Always choose attitude over experience. Always. It’s better to choose someone with a good attitude than someone who claims to know everything and likes to do things only a certain way.”
- On being prepared…
“There’s no such thing as winging it. Successful people might appear to be winging it but they only appear that way because they practiced it a dozen times before.”
- On dealing with embarrassment…
“While you’re wallowing around worrying about what people are thinking, you fail to notice that everybody else has already moved on. And fretting about what the other guy thinks often stops you from trying in the first place.”
- On getting publicity…
“If a company spends a million dollars telling people how good they are, some people may believe it. But if a major newspaper presents the company in a favourable light, everyone believes it.
- On Innovation
“Nothing new was ever invented without a lot of flops. The best way to justify spending money on a new business idea is to categorize it as ‘research and development’”.
If you don’t have big breasts, put ribbons on your pigtails, is one of many business books available on loan to our small business clients. Our library is current and furnished with books covering various topics including business law, bookkeeping, marketing, franchising, sales, guides to starting a business and more. If you choose to buy this book, feel good knowing all profits will benefit specialized schools for dyslexic children.
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