“Get an education, get off Petain Street, and amount to something.” These are the words that Ruthi Postow Birch’s father said to her when she was a little girl living on a red-dirt road in Pritchard, Alabama, a town that straddled the poverty line. And that is exactly what she did. How to Build a Piano Bench is Ruthi’s humorous and heart-warming story about growing up in southern Alabama, the life lessons she learned there, and how she applied that knowledge to build a successful business in Washington, DC. Full of anecdotes and advice on how to make both your strengths and weaknesses work to your advantage, this wonderful story will inspire and delight anyone who has ever had a dream to be something bigger than what they are.
"Warmly nostalgic yet highly relevant as a primer on building a firm and becoming a smart leader."
HOW TO BUILD A PIANO BENCH is a delightful memoir written by a woman who is a self made success. She always wanted to do something special and she wanted to be wealthy – and Ruthi Postow Birch did just that.
So just how does a classic Southern girl who grew up in a deep south blue-collar Alabama town pull herself from near poverty, and and then establish and grow a successful staffing business in a highly competitive city like Washington D.C.?
It all started with the piano bench. Ruthi Postow Birch was about 11 or 12 living in rural Alabama where she says her mama wanted her to take piano lessons to be popular at parties. So her father bought an old piano with a crumbling piano bench, which her daddy said he would repair.