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What This 'Shark Tank' Star Tells Herself When She Needs a Jolt of Confidence

Former Managing Editor
5 min read
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Barbara Corcoran may appear to have all the confidence in the world, but she doesn’t always feel that way.

Having been labeled “the dunce” in elementary school, the Shark Tank star, who suffers from dyslexia, says she still finds herself in situations where she feels dismissed and overlooked. If she’s at a cocktail party, for example, and she’s boxed out of a conversation, the insecurities begin to creep in.

“I’m like, ‘Oh sh*t, they don’t like me. This isn’t my crowd anyway, I shouldn’t have come… I start going down that rabbit hole like I was 7 years old all over again,’” Corcoran told an audience of entrepreneurs and business leaders at Entrepreneur’s Growth Conference 2015 in Miami earlier this month.

To push through it, Corcoran has learned to give herself a bit of an internal pep talk. “It goes like this: F*ck you,” she says. “I have just as much right to be here as you, I’m just as smart as you are. You might not think I’m smart, but I know I’m smart. Guess what, I’ve done a lot. Don’t you dare look down on me.”

The real-estate maven finds it gives her exactly the confidence boost she needs.

Check out the video for more on Corcoran’s experience in dealing with insecurities.


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