Shark Tales: My Interview with Barbara Corcoran

When you watch Barbara Corcoran enter a room she doesn’t look like a Shark. She’s a slender woman, with an inviting smile and outgoing personality. But when you watch her as one of the Sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank” you get a look at Barbara the businesswoman, a powerhouse who turned a $1,000 loan into a real estate business she sold for tens of millions of dollars.

I was so excited to receive an exclusive invitation to interview Barbara since I am a big fan of hers. I don’t usually get nervous when I interview people but I must admit, I had major butterflies as she talked to me about being a Shark, working for yourself, and making your first million dollars. Here’s the interview:





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14 thoughts on “Shark Tales: My Interview with Barbara Corcoran

  1. Love Barbara! And solid advice too – Just get it done and move on. Automate or delegate the mundane and routine and focus on building the business and getting new clients and sales. Go Barbara!

    1. Love her too! I loved what she said about women focusing too much on the “to-dos” and not on the important tasks that actually build your business. Great advice. I see way too many women working IN their businesses and not ON them!

    1. I’m obsessed too Grace! In Canada, we have Kevin and Robert on a show called “Dragon’s Den” which “Shark Tank” is based on. Being on a show like that is my dream gig for after I accomplish all my business goals and become an investor 😉

  2. Fun interview, Natalie! I went to an event where Barbara spoke in May. My biggest takeaway from that was during the Q&A when someone asked her why she chose to sell her business when she did. Her answer was that she became a mom for the first-time at age 46 + that it changed everything for her. Previously she ran her business fearlessly, always knowing that if she lost it all, she could go back to living in a 1-bedroom apartment in Edgewater, NJ where she was raised. Yet once she had a child, she cared about school systems, neighborhoods, financial certainty. She actually said “I got to run my business ‘like a man’ until I was 46, but then it all changed with motherhood.” I respected her honesty and think many women can’t “be a shark” with their businesses due to similar concerns about providing a sure nest for their kids.

    1. I love that Kat, thanks for sharing! What a great takeaway. I wanted to ask her about that actually but I was limited in my time for the interview, understandably 🙂 I wonder how different someone like Oprah’s business would be if she decided to have children? Thanks again Kat!

    2. Watching this two years later and WOW – what an interesting piece of Barbara’s story you’ve shared here, Katherine!

      I launched my business when my son was 18 months old (six months ago). I can imagine how different things would be if I didn’t have a little one to consider. I LOVE my work, but of course I love my family too…it’s a constant balancing act, but definitely one that’s worthwhile.

      Thanks for sharing this, Natalie!

  3. Fun interview, Natalie! I went to an event where Barbara spoke in May. My biggest takeaway from that was during the Q&A when someone asked her why she chose to sell her business when she did. Her answer was that she became a mom for the first-time at age 46 + that it changed everything for her. Previously she ran her business fearlessly, always knowing that if she lost it all, she could go back to living in a 1-bedroom apartment in Edgewater, NJ where she was raised. Yet once she had a child, she cared about school systems, neighborhoods, financial certainty. She actually said “I got to run my business ‘like a man’ until I was 46, but then it all changed with motherhood.” I respected her honesty and think many women can’t “be a shark” with their businesses due to similar concerns about providing a sure nest for their kids.

  4. Fun interview, Natalie! I went to an event where Barbara spoke in May. My biggest takeaway from that was during the Q&A when someone asked her why she chose to sell her business when she did. Her answer was that she became a mom for the first-time at age 46 + that it changed everything for her. Previously she ran her business fearlessly, always knowing that if she lost it all, she could go back to living in a 1-bedroom apartment in Edgewater, NJ where she was raised. Yet once she had a child, she cared about school systems, neighborhoods, financial certainty. She actually said “I got to run my business ‘like a man’ until I was 46, but then it all changed with motherhood.” I respected her honesty and think many women can’t “be a shark” with their businesses due to similar concerns about providing a sure nest for their kids.

  5. What a great interview, Natalie– and how clever to do it by video! I love that and am so glad you were able to bring Barbara to us this way. She is definitely a role model for business women. Can you repeat the name of the website she recommended for postage? I couldn’t quite make it out. Thanks!

    1. Fancy seeing you around here Denise! Thanks so much for your comment – she really is awesome and SO ARE YOU! 😉 We’ll have to get you on She Takes on the World TV sometime.

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