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Leadership / Rejection

Barbara Corcoran: Great Entrepreneurs Don't Have Time to Mourn Rejection (VIDEO)

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4 min read
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Take it from Barbara Corcoran: Even the fiercest entrepreneurs can possess, at the same time, a fragile sensitivity.

Though the Shark Tank star says she’s embarrassed to admit it, a wayward glance or a strained greeting at a cocktail party is sometimes enough to throw her into total disarray. “I’m like, ‘Oh shit, they don’t like me. Oh my god, this isn’t my crowd anyway -- I shouldn’t have come.’”

But in order to succeed in business, Corcoran says, entrepreneurs must learn to eschew the pity party. “You have to be able to take rejection, handle failure, deal with disappointment and have no down time,” she says. “Because it’s in the time you’re sitting there and thinking ‘Oh, poor me,’ that your competitor is running away with the bacon.”

For more tips from Corcoran, check out this short video.

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