February 19th, 2015

Barbara Corcoran Shares Business Lessons at Entrepreneur Magazine’s Growth Conference

by Jacqueline Whitmore

IMG_1240I just returned from a glorious trip to Miami where I attended Entrepreneur Magazine’s 7th Annual Growth Conference. Boy, was it AMAZING!

My main reason for attending was to network and meet all the people with whom I work. As many of you know, I am an Entrepreneur.com contributor.

But the best part of the day was meeting keynote speaker, bestselling author, business icon, and Shark Tank star, Barbara Corcoran. She inspired the entire audience with her story about how she borrowed $1,000 from a friend and turned it into a billion dollar empire.

One of the biggest lessons I learned from her was to “keep your blinders on and ignore your competition.”

I believe that there is enough business for all of us. You don’t have to spy on your competition to get ahead. When you come from a place of abundance instead of scarcity, you will always have enough and be enough.

I also liked what Barbara said about her failures in life: “Every single big thing that happened in my life happened on the heels of failure.” I concur with this statement. If I didn’t fail, I would not be doing what I’m doing now.

If you view failure as an opportunity and not a dead end, you will learn, grow and eventually move forward. Barbara also added, “The difference between the successful and the not-so-successful is how long they take to feel sorry for themselves.”

My mom always said that I had a way of turning lemons into lemonade. My positive mental attitude has gotten me through a lot of rough patches in life.

If you’re going through some tough times right now, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek the advice of those who have “been there, done that.”

Give yourself permission to move at your own pace, but don’t get stuck in a rut. Life’s too short not to pursue your goals and dreams.

If you would like to grow your business, nurture your aspirations, and tap into my best business advice, I invite you to schedule your complimentary 20-minute Business Breakthrough Session with me. Just send me an email at info@etiquetteexpert.com to make your appointment!

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