The only two skills you need to succeed, according to Barbara Corcoran

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Barbara Corcoran is a powerhouse entrepreneur, serious businesswoman and complete firecracker all in one.

From bringing the heat weekly on 'Shark Tank,' to building a real estate empire to becoming a best-selling author and motivator, this woman does it all, and she does it all well.

What Corcoran seems to exude so effortlessly is her ability to speak with conviction and purpose while simultaneously staying lively and humorous.

She's intimidating in all of the right ways -- her experience and business-savvy are unmatched, her story relatable and inspiring.

We were lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with Barbara in an exclusive interview and ask her not only about how she got to where she is today, but how her success continues to grow and how we can do the same.

These were five major takeaways from our conversation:

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The only two skills you need to succeed, according to Barbara Corcoran

#1: You’ll find what you’re meant to do by sticking to what feels right
Instead of focusing on a specific career path, focus on the big-picture features that you want out of a job. Barbara didn’t wake up one day and decide she wanted to be an entrepreneur. In fact, she “discovered it quite by accident.” But being an entrepreneur meant independence and being her own boss, something Corcoran knew she wanted in her career. “The minute I was my own boss…I knew I liked being my own boss. And that is the beginning of being an entrepreneur.” 

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#2: Make your biggest insecurity your biggest motivation
“When I was in school I was a terrible student and I was always feeling like a loser," Barbara admits.  But she used this as motivation to prove herself to her boss, peers, coworkers, clients, you name it: Corcoran was going to use the one thing that bothered and scared her most as motivation to knock every endeavor out of the park. “I didn’t want anyone to see me stupid ever again, and that goes a long way to get you back up off your butt and doing something again and again until you succeed.”

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#3: Mentors can come from the unlikeliest of places
Corcoran didn’t enter the real estate and business world seeking out a mentor who was an expert in the area. Instead, she realized she had a mentor at home all along: her mother. “She was probably the most powerful woman I ever met,” Corcoran said. All of her mother’s strongest qualities served (and still serve) as the basis for how Barbara runs her businesses. 

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#4: Successful people don’t take expert advice
What has Barbara learned about the way the most successful entrepreneurs she’s investing in handle her advice? “All the good ones ignore me.” She even went as far as to say that “If they’re really paying attention to me, I realize I’m probably going to lose money on the investment.” The key to being a successful and innovative entrepreneur is sticking to your guns and trusting your instinct, regardless of what other people think is best for you.  

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#5: The two essential skills that you need to be successful apply to any industry
Corcoran says that regardless of what industry or business you enter, there are two skills that will enable you to succeed no matter what. You have to “be able to surround yourself with the right people and you need to be organized enough to get it done.”  Combine this with “a vision that you run like crazy to try to make come true,” and you’re set for great things. 

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As a real estate mogul and best-selling author, it's easy to assume that Barbara was born knowing what she wanted to do. But as we found out, it was quite the opposite.

Barbara joked that she could've "easily been a plumbing contractor and done equally as well."

We don't doubt it -- with a hunger for nothing less than absolute success, Barbara was going to make it big no matter where she chose to start.

If you want to be the boss, you'll find a way to be your own.

And when you do, nothing should be able to stop you.

Watch our full interview from Facebook with Barbara below:

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