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Book Club Book: Shark Tales


Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

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By: Barbara Corcoran

Book Description:

The inspiring true story of Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran–and her best advice for anyone starting a business. After failing at twenty-two jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using the unconventional lessons she learned from her homemaker mom, she gradually built it into a $6 billion dollar business. Now Barbara’s even more famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, ABC’s hit reality TV show.

Shark Tales is down-to-earth, frank, and as heartwarming as it is smart. After reading it don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking, “If she can do it, so can I.” Nothing would make Barbara happier.

Book Reviews:

“The book offers details of her dizzying rise from dyslexic D-student growing up with nine siblings in Edgewater to queen of Manhattan real estate.”

–People

“A practical, funny compendium of advice that should stick with any reader.”

–USA Today

“For all her drive, she has no airs.”

–The New York Times

“Part memoir, part rough guide to business and 100 percent in-your-face glee.”

–Working Mother

“Corcoran’s humanity, humor and wisdom gently convey worthwhile lessons for those who would like to succeed on their own terms.”

–The Miami Herald

“I love this book.”

–Judge Judy

Reading Questions:

  1. How can you use your personal story to propel your success?
  2. Can you learn from any of your past failures or mistakes?
  3. What’s your ideal story of success?

My Challenge:

I am not sure if you have done your Goal-Setting yet, but I have a challenge for you:

Read with us. Learn with us. Grow with us.

Challenge accepted! I’m reading with Science of People!click-to-tweet

Goal: Read 12 books this year and supercharge your people skills

What Kind of Books?

I hope you will help me pick the books! My hope is that we pick books that help improve our people skills in some way, shape or form. This is most likely non-fiction, but I am very open to fiction that looks at people skills through stories. You suggest the book and we vote on it!

And, of course you can get the books as library books, audio books, Kindle books or whatever you want! All of our discussions and post will be public.

Can’t wait to read with you.

About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a Huffington Post columnist and her courses and research has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research. She is a sought after consultant and speaker.


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