Barbara Corcoran knows a thing or two about failure and discouragement.

She met boyfriend (at the time), Ray Simone, while working as a waitress at a diner. In 1973, she started a real estate company called Corcoran-Simone on a $1,000 loan from Simone.

Corcoran-Simone was a semi success with revenue around $560,000 per year, however, their relationship was not.

In 1978, Simone told Barbara that he was marrying another woman and “You’ll never succeed without me“.

She then started the Corcoran Group which sold in 2001 for $66 million. And of course if you are a fan of Barbara then you are familiar with her recent work including Shark Tank.

I have been told when I first started web development in 2000 that I would never make a dime. I have been criticized for working from home and then again working from an office. I have dealt with remarks from people who didn’t understand what I was trying to do running my own business. I have failed so many times throughout the years trying to start personal projects that I put a lot of time and money into.

Now I let people who want to have an opinion about me have their opinion because it doesn’t affect the daily focus I have on my goals.

It’s natural to feel sorry for yourself but it’s not good for you to stay there. When that happens you have to make the decision to get back up or stay down.

Some people decide to stay down. The ones that get back up: they move on, they learn from it, they become stronger, and eventually they succeed.

The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves. ~ Barbara Corcoran