Book Review: Use What You've Got- by Barbara Corcoran
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The full title of this book is "Use What You've Got: & Other Business Lessons I Learned from My Mom." Later the book was republished with a new title "If You Haven't Got Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on your Pigtails: & Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom."
Both titles work, but the second, in my opinion, is much more reflective of the tone of the book. It's fun and silly (you'll find yourself laughing out loud) while at the same time it addresses a key component of success...being yourself and figuring out how to make your strengths work for you.
This book is very down to earth. Barbara Corcoran, who grew her own real estate business from the ground up, takes real-life challenging situations and shows you how she solved her problems her own way based on common-sense lessons she learned from her mother, as the title suggests. And because she presents each business situation and challenge as a story, it's a super easy read and an absolute delight.
Some chapters include:
- It's your game, make up your own rules
- Go play outside
- Jumping out the window will make you either an ass or a hero
- You have the right to be there
Even though I couldn't always picture myself handling a situation the way she ultimately did, I appreciate that on several occasions Corcoran points out that there's more than one way to do something. For instance, she suggests there is a left-brain logical approach to creating a business plan and a right-brain visual approach...and either way is okay! For me (a typically visual person) this is comforting to hear :-)
Though published in 2003, the lessons still apply. If you're looking for a unique business book written by one of the real estate industry's most admired and successful leaders, "Use What You've Got" might just be for you.