Work-Life Balance

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran: There's No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance

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For more than 20 years, Barbara Corcoran had only one baby: her business. But at age 46, when she gave birth to her son, the family dynamic she had come to know underwent a drastic overhaul.

“[I] had sibling rivalry between my business and my kids,” says the 66-year-old real-estate entrepreneur and Shark Tank star, who adopted a daughter several years after having her son. “The sibling rivalry played out in my own mind every day of the week. I wasn’t good enough at home; I wasn’t good enough at work.”

What Corcoran has learned is that there’s no such thing as balance -- that the only way she feels good about all of her responsibilities is to divide her day between work and family with as little overlap as possible.

Today, her mornings are spent dealing solely with family stuff -- making breakfast, getting her daughter ready for school and answering her son’s emails from college. But when she goes to work, she’s in total business mode.

“My kids don’t call me at work. My husband doesn’t call me at work. They know ‘don’t call me at work unless you’re dying,’” she says.

Watch the video above to learn more about Corcoran’s approach to juggling her personal and professional duties.

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