Barbara Corcoran is one of my business sheroes. Seriously, ever since I read her bio Shark Tales more than a couple of years ago, I think of her when things are down. When women choose someone who inspires them to do better, it's more effective when there is a common ground.
For those who don't know, Barbara built her fortune without a lot of money (it was something like $1K, I think), college, or marrying someone rich. While she's one of the most prolific, there are many others who are creating their own path to success...even if it strays from the norm or what others may expect.
This Entrepreneur blog post features three women who struck out on their own and give a realistic POV of what really goes down. When a person starts a business, it takes the ability to balance many factors - family obligations, preexisting money issues, time management and most importantly -- self-care.