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  • 02/2017
  • 9781632991089 B06XCMWYKW
  • 282 pages
  • $16.95
How to Build a Piano Bench: Lessons for Success from a Red-Dirt Road in Alabama

“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.

Reviews
In a breezy narrative, Postow Birch tells of growing up in a poor 1950s Mobile County, Ala., mill town. She dreamed of leaving the South and being on stage in New York, but was burdened with an almost pathological level of insecurity. She felt abandoned by her adoring older siblings when they left home as well as later in adolescence as she transformed from a cute kid to a sensitive teenager always conscious about her weight. Using a philosophy her father lived by (“There is always just one right next step—you know it because it’s the only one that makes sense. Find that and do it”), Postow Birch learned two valuable lessons: that people had stories to tell and just wanted someone to listen, and everyone appreciates even the smallest of gestures that show someone is paying attention. With those thoughts in mind, she eventually found fulfilling work as a recruiter at a personnel agency where she had to call strangers to get them to hire her candidates. She explains how she derived great joy from talking and lending an ear, going on to found her own recruiting agency in Washington, D.C. Postow Birch’s story isn’t flashy, but it will strike a chord with those hoping to chart a course to creating a bigger, richer life. (BookLife)
Kirkus

"Warmly nostalgic yet highly relevant as a primer on building a firm and becoming a smart leader."

Patricia's Wisdom

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.

News
09/05/2017
Book of the Month: Humility and Acceptance Key to Success

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.?

08/11/2017
People At Work: Lessons for Success from a Red-Dirt Road

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.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2017
  • 9781632991089 B06XCMWYKW
  • 282 pages
  • $16.95

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