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Episode 143- Bethenny Frankel on Hustle Your Way to Success

May 26, 2022 • Book Club
Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel is an entrepreneur, TV producer, and author of the new book, Business Is Personal. Bethenny burst onto the scene as the unfiltered breakout star of Bravo’s hit show The Real Housewives of New York City and leveraged her reality TV fame to build a business empire. A self-made businesswoman, she is the founder of the Skinnygirl and Bethenny brands and host of the chart-topping podcast Just B with Bethenny Frankel. Her charitable initiative BSTRONG has raised millions of dollars for disaster relief efforts around the world. On this episode, we talk about why she originally turned down Real Housewives (and what made her change her mind!), what it takes to be successful while staying true to yourself, and how she’s built a business empire.

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Show Notes

  • How her turbulent childhood shaped her outlook on life and the person she is today (2:19)
  • Bethenny’s nontraditional route to success (5:15)
  • Why she initially turned down Real Housewives (7:50)
  • Negotiation is about creativity (9:39)
  • The biggest mistake people make when negotiating (11:48)
  • How she went from broke to running a business empire (13:36)
  • You can create success at any age (15:12)
  • The biggest misperceptions about her (16:32)
  • Her favorite productivity hack: stacking (17:21)
  • Start from a “place of yes” (18:09)
  • Her thoughts on cancel culture (19:24)
  • Choosing to be outspoken in her opinions (22:32)
  • Her take on Kim Kardashian’s recent comments (24:48)
  • When she knew it was time to exit the Real Housewives franchise (26:46)
  • Why she keeps her team small and her business nimble as it scales (29:32)
  • Would she ever rebrand Skinnygirl? (30:25)
  • What she wish she knew earlier in her career (31:47)
  • Self-awareness and accountability (34:22)
  • How she’s applied her business experience to her charitable initiative BSTRONG (35:16)


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