Success Is Within Reach For Anyone That Never Gives Up
Barbara Corcoran’s Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business ranks as one of the most respected and cherished books on the market today. The book reveals how the gutsy real estate mogul turned Manhattan into her own investment goldmine, founding the real estate company The Corcoran Group. I believe this book helps people turn their money into more money while offering valuable personal insights, making it a must-read for all.
One thing that makes this book so readable is that Barbara Corcoran knows failure firsthand and doesn’t try to hide it. In fact, she failed at twenty-three jobs before asking her boyfriend to loan her $1,000. With that $1,000, Corcoran rented a lifeless office that eventually blossomed into a NYC real estate empire worth $6 billion.
This book covers Corcoran’s life as well as her stint on ABC’s prime time phenomenon, “Shark Tank“. Her to-the-point style and ease keeps readers intrigued without bogging them down with exposition. Many critics call her style “heartwarming”.
Corcoran’s work offers business and life lessons for all types of people, not just real estate professionals or hopefuls. A reader doesn’t need to dream about making his or her money in rentals or residential or commercial real estate to gain value from the book. The insights apply to all areas of life, whether those areas pertain to school, starting a bakery, negotiating a car loan, handling a law suit, or granting harmony in personal relationships. Anyone can benefit from this book.
Themes and Dreams
The book flows well. Thanks to Corcoran’s clear language and sentence structure, learning the ins and outs of making a deal are a breeze. Her writing also keeps readers interested via tales about suing Donald Trump and dealing with other big shots. She challenges readers to expand their minds and take a risk; to never fear going up against bullies whether in school or in the courtroom.
Men and women who need a good night’s sleep will want to read this in the day instead of before bed because the stories inspires an all-nighter. Each chapter includes a homespun wisdom from Corcoran’s mother. You’ll see that a business can be more than just numbers. Barbara Corcoran started life as a dyslexic D student, but she developed her own brand of business and grew into an entrepreneur. A lot of that stems from her mother’s encouragement. She learned to be tough without being a bully; her business model consists of hard facts, research, networking, risk, and words of wisdom from her mother.
Following in Big Footsteps
But the tidbits from her mother don’t make this book about following the rules. While both of Corcoran’s parents were business successes who wanted her to succeed, her mother hesitated when it came to pushing her daughter to open her own business at a young age. Young Barbara followed in her father’s footsteps when it came to taking chances. Corcoran says her father used to quit his job when he disagreed with a boss about certain things, and he did this knowing he had ten people to support. The idea that risk equates to success permeates throughout the book: insubordination and knowing when to take a hike also prove to be hallmarks of success for business.
People who feel tired of answering to others on the job, who dream of calling the shots, and who want to make serious cash need to read this book. Additionally, people who like to imagine they could do all of that but feel afraid of losing everything need to read it, too. Even if a reader decides that owning his or her own business isn’t what they want to do after all, every job requires swimming with sharks. It happens in every area of life, from sports to cooking class to driving on the freeway. It’s high time we all learned how to swim with ease.
Final Verdict – Should You Buy?
I highly recommend “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business” as a great treat to oneself or a gift for a loved one on any occasion. If you’re seeking some extra motivation in business or your personal life, this book could help you look at decision making in a different light. It’s a breath of fresh air in a clustered book market of business gurus trying to make their name known. However, Barbara’s book is one worth keeping on the shelf and passing down to those who could use it.