People who have a chip on their shoulder or something to prove to themselves or others may be more driven to succeed in business, although only if this is balanced by other traits. Talking about this is generally frowned upon in US business culture, but many successful people will admit to it being somewhat true behind closed doors. Insecurity and resentment can indeed be motivators to work harder and smarter, but on the other hand, there is also such a thing as a bad chip on the shoulder that can drive people to be arrogant, haughty or too aggressive.
- According to “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran, she was told in the early 70s that she would never succeed in business.
- Corcoran proved her critics wrong by selling The Corcoran Group, her real estate company, for 66 million dollars.
- Often, budding entrepreneurs are motivated to succeed when they’ve been doubted by others and have a chip on their shoulder.
“On an episode of Business Insider’s podcast, ” Success! How I Did It ,” Corcoran told US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell that Simone’s words “just hit me in the gut and I felt that fever in my body like, ‘I’ll be damned if you ever see me not succeed.’ I felt like I would kill not to let that thing happen.””