• The Martha Rules

  • 10 Essentials for Achieving Success as You Start, Build, or Manage a Business
  • By: Martha Stewart
  • Narrated by: Martha Stewart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Martha Stewart is an undeniable force in the business world. One of the world's greatest entrepreneurs, she turned her personal passion into Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, a billion dollar business. This fall she's breaking new ground with two television shows from NBC, her reality show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and her daytime syndicated show Martha, as well as a radio program on Sirius satellite radio which will provide daily round-the-clock how-to content. What's her secret for success?

Now, for the first time, Martha Stewart shares her business knowledge and advice in this handbook for success. Tapping into her years of experience in building a thriving business, Martha will help readers identify their own entrepreneurial voice and channel their skills and passions into a successful business venture. Her advice and insight is applicable to anyone who is about to start or expand a venture of any size, whether it is a business or philanthropic endeavor, but also to individuals who want to apply the entrepreneurial spirit to a job or corporation to increase innovation and maintain a competitive edge.

Featuring Martha's top principles for success, as well as stories and anecdotes from her own experiences, Martha's Rules is sure to appeal to business readers, fans, and anyone who admires her for her style, taste, and great advice, and who have great business ideas of their own!

©2005 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Business Information/Educational

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Refreshing and Practical++++

Martha Stewart's book, The Martha Rules, is a refreshing business book written and read by an intelligent, experienced enterpreneur at the center of, and in the forefront of, American business culture. If you're just starting up a new business, or are an experienced business owner, you will get many practical tips, suggestions and ideas from this book. This is not a book about financial management or organizational theory; it's a book about developing a winning combinations of techniques that will be useful to just about any enterprenuer. Whether you're business is small or large, I highly recommmend this book to anyone that takes business seriously.

Great Job, Martha!

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Martha does rule! (in the business world that is)

The Martha Rules is one of the most surprising business books I have purchased in the past year. If you are seeking books on entrepreneurship, Martha's style of writing is succinct, informative, motivating and even entertaining. Her narration is extremely well done. One of the best business/entrepreneurship books in my collection. I highly, highly recommend this book.

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Another Criminal Act

A very sad look at business. Boring. Egocentric. Etc.

I really wanted to like this. But, her ego and need to tell stories that are unbelievably dull make this book something that she should be put away for. Perhaps a bad writers prison somewhere.

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Came away disappointed

I'm big admirer of Martha Stewart. Impressed by her attention to detail, her drive and ambition. Thus was really looking forward to listening to this title but came away disappointed. It started fine but soon became a PR piece for her website, her magazine, her "high quality" pieces at Kmart, her organization. After awhile it felt as if I was listening to a child spweing out how great she was/is and see, look at what I have accomplished oh and hear me pronounce all these French deserts I can make.

Her Baking Cookbook that is in stores now is excellent and it is that kind of attention to detail I was anticipating here. But what "I" got was "here at Martha Stewart Living.com we're great because..."

Sorry Martha, you came across as a boastful salesperson. I greatly admire you but not on this one.

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excellent just like the author

thank you Martha for your commitment to excellence and will to continue your passion for teaching others. much love!

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Great read

This is a great read for anyone interested in business. Martha is clearly an intelligent business owner but also, a creative visionary! I wasn’t a Martha fan until I read her book. Now when I am having a difficult time making a business decision I ask myself “what would Martha do”. Honestly this book has improved my business. Thanks Martha.

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Martha is a goddess and should be honored as such!

She's honest, blunt, informative, and very knowledgeable! thank you for sharing your wisdom, Martha. ❤️

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Educational and interesting...

Martha should narrate all her books. I taught I wasn't going to be able to be so interested. I was wrong. Very educational and enlightening.

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Thank you Martha! I love you! Namaste💞

Thank you Martha for your master class lessons and beautiful writing! thank you for sharing your talentand light! you are a true inspiration and earth Angel❤!
Love Jason

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This book is essential!

Anyone who is starting a business or just wanting to improve their lives , homes or set better standards to achieve a quality life, this book is a must read!

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dull

dull as a dull thing on a dull day , boringly presented with dull narration.

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