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Ep.7: Karen Talbott Fearlessly Conquers NYC Real Estate

Karen shares how learnings from past jobs - from bussing tables to acting - are crucial to her success as a top realtor in New York City. Listen for inspiration about fearlessness and seeing "no" as an opportunity for a future "yes." Hear how Karen manages to take care of her own needs while raising three kids and killing it at real estate.


  • When something doesn’t work out, it’s often not about you.  And your feeling bad about it has very little to do with the solution.  Acknowledge any mistake made and move on.
  • Be present.  Truly listening to someone is a rare skill that will help you best meet their needs.  When you are present, you will see that opportunities are everywhere.
  • Don't get discouraged if you receive a "no".  A "no" creates opportunity for a "yes" in the future.
  • To help juggle life, look at what is needed in the moment, not what is wanted.
  • Keep refreshed because a burned out version of you isn’t productive.
  • Get rid of your fear.
  • You will have 6 careers before your life is over; don’t be scared of any of them.

Key notes

  • Karen is an award-winning realtor based in New York City.
  • Karen started her working life at 14 and was a paid actress between the ages of 15-28.
  • She fell into real estate accidentally when she raised capital from friends and family to buy a house and realized she was skilled in this area.
  • You can learn everything you need to know about a person in 11 minutes.
  • Success should be measured by what you accomplish, rather than how long you sit in front of a computer.
  • A model of kill what you eat – where you work for what you need and then you have the freedom to control each day -- could help contribute to gender equality in the workforce.


"Get rid of your fear"

"Women don’t need to be like men to be successful"