Straight D’s in high school, 20 jobs before she was 23, and a $1,000 loan from a boyfriend — who would have thought that the woman with this resume would become one of the most successful real estate entrepreneurs in the world?
At the California Association of Realtors Expo last month, Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and star of TV’s “Shark Tank,” shared important insights that can help every Realtor who is struggling with their business and/or their personal life. Here are three of the most important points that she shared: 1. Make the most of what you’ve got Each of us has different strengths. Corcoran shared a story about when she was working as a waitress.
Apparently, one of the other waitresses was very well endowed and had an unorthodox style of serving food that had almost all the men sitting in her section. When Barbara turned to her mother for advice about how to attract more male customers to her counter, this was her mother’s advice: “If you don’t have big breasts, put ribbons on your pigtails.”This later became the title of her best-selling book that highlighted many of the key lessons that she learned from her mother.
The point is that the way you compete is by doing what is unique and authentic to you, not by trying to be something that you’re not. 2. “I’m great at failure”Corcoran’s life story is filled with failures: Straight D’s in school and 20 jobs before age 23 says it all. Corcoran’s life changed, however, when Ramone Simone sat down at her counter.
She immediately fell in love and set her sights on marrying him. Simone and Corcoran started a small real estate company. The company was beginning to do well when Simone announced he was in love with the company’s secretary and intended to marry her. It took Corcoran 18 months before she cut the ties because she couldn’t envision herself in business without him.
After they finished splitting the business assets, Ramone’s parting words are what spurred Corcoran to her success: “You will never succeed without me.”Her response was, “I would rather die that let him see me fail.”
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