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

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.


“Entrepreneurs’ visions don’t always translate well to the page, but Corcoran’s book … is cleanly written and humorous. The squeaky-clean Waltons-esque descriptions of Corcoran’s family lend it an almost folksy feel.”
– Fortune Small Business

“In Manhattan, where real estate is not just a major industry but also a full contact sport, Barbara Corcoran is hall-of-fame material.”

:Mom takes the cake here, but you have to toast Barbara Ann for applying her dictums. The business she’s in is almost beside the point: Corcoran could be selling plumbing supplies, and the story would fly.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Ms. Corcoran, a fifty-one year-old former receptionist who started her current real estate firm with just seven agents in 1978, now commands the kind of market power that makers her smaller competitors tremble with envy.”
– The Wall Street Journal

“A witty memoir and a powerful guidebook on how to get ahead. … An emotionally charged and intellectually energetic book which will give people ideas on how to motivate, invigorate, and otherwise encourage any group that they lead, and organization they build.”

If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom

As one of ten kids in a blue-collar family in Edgewater, New Jersey, Barbara Corcoran didn’t have many material advantages. She shared her bedroom with five sisters and shared her socks in a communal sock drawer. Yet she grew up to have plenty of self-confidence, because her mother had an amazing gift for nurturing the unique talents in each of her children. Barbara’s mom didn’t know much about business, but she understood how the world works, and how to make the most of what you’ve got.


"Corcoran's humanity, humor and wisdom gently convey worthwhile lessons for those who would like to succeed on their own terms.”
– Miami Herald

“Corcoran is a lightning bolt of energy caught in a 5-foot-6 frame.”
– USA Today

“As you might expect from such an overachiever, her book, [If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails], is on the New York Times bestseller list.”
– Sunday Times (London)

“[If You Don’t Have Big Breast, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails] will leave you laughing and crying, but most of all confident that you too can make tis world of business work for you.”
– Gail Evans, author of Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

“Her manner is frank and energetic, a team captain who gives total commitment and expects it in return. But for all her drive, she has no airs.”
– The New York Times

“A funny handbook for professional sales savvy – that works … a likeable and worthwhile book, an honorable contribution with heart.”
– Publishers Weekly

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