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Use What You've Got, and Other Business Lessons I Learned from My Mom Hardcover – February 10, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I love this book. Her simple secrets should be mandatory reading for all with an eye on success. -- Judge Judy Sheindlin
These easy-to-remember and pithy words of advice can be used by anyone . Plus, werent our mothers always right? -- Cathleen Black, president, Hearst magazines
Top Customer Reviews
(And) Like many other women, during the course of the 30-year process of her business evolution she had little (yet hugely profound) realizations of her mother's wisdom.
It's inspiring! The book claims a positive history for women -- something our bookshelves lack! I'd like to read it to my children because it has lessons that are important to life -- things I would like to teach them! For instance, I love the chapter, "Offer The Bigger Piece And Yours Will Taste Better."
The stories remind me of my childhood, my parents and family -- though we only had 3 kids and a dog! As an adult woman with a business degree, and plenty of business experience, I enjoyed the business insight!
Bruce Littlefield did a stellar job of writing. A sense of humor (yet a firm intent) shows through in the writing style. When I read it, I looked forward to reading one chapter or "lesson" per day.
I cannot recommend it enough!
"use what you've got" is like having a personal business coach, for a fraction of the price, and will probably give you a lot more laughs than you'd have in one of those sessions. i for one changed my home answering machine message to sound like both my feet are rooted firmly in the land of the living, so much so i sometimes surprise myself when i call home to leave a msg.
for years i've encouraged people who have had a frustrating job search to just take any job: "look at barbara corcoran: she was a receptionist for a couple of real estate property managers and now she owns her own company!" she's been a hero to me for what she's accomplished. i then met her at a book signing and she is as approachable, enthusiastic and focused in person as she is in the book. these are qualities you'd expect in someone who is a great salesperson, but you don't often find "charming and down-to-earth" in people who've gone as far as she has.
this book is both highly entertaining and practical, loaded with wonderful stories about growing up in a large family and how those dynamics helped transform a a determined young girl into an incredibly successful business woman. there's lots of good business advice, plenty of stories that address the proverbial bumps in the road and how she turned obstacles or failures to her advantage. the addendum is an invaluble sales tool.
I did take offense to the "Hire a woman over a man part." I have worked for and with both. Men and women can be selfish. But, when you write it in your book, it seems a lot worse. Also, I would have rated the book higher if she could have also told about the struggles she had with the 22 other jobs she supposedly "failed" at. 95% of the book is "I am awesome and we crush it."
BUY IT TODAY!! It's great!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Inspired me as I began my real estate career years ago, so much so that I recently read it again, and as a seasoned realtor I was just as inspired as I was when I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Bronaugh
This book is wonderful! It is extremely well written so the information is easy to follow. I especially liked the emphasis on hiring the best attorney, for example, and specific... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve Hallford
Brilliant, real, funny a must read for PARENTS! I love her mom. This book is inspiring for the entrepreneur in you, and the bonus is all the jewels for the parent in you too. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dorothy Chaney
This book is word for word of her other book, "If You Don't Have...' Save yourself the money and just order one of the two. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SUANNAH
Practical, funny, good lessons learned. Good for anyone starting their own businessPublished 12 months ago by Luisa