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Lessons From Sara Blakely’s Success Story

Sara Blakely

Written by Sneha Agrawal

Sara says that, “I never dreamed that visible panty lines and uncomfortable thongs would inspire me to become an inventor”. Usually, dreamers and entrepreneurs have a passion in their heart for a particular idea. Sara Blakely was the one who had a knack for law degree and wanted to become a lawyer at first. She sat for LSAT and did not make through it. She never dreamed that after a few years, she would start her own brand, that too catering to one of her dreaded nightmares. She must have gone through a lot of thought change process in order to do what she did and achieve what she never imagined. Sara is now a proud owner of the famous undergarment brand SPANX, and is a young self-made billionaire with a net worth of $1.05 billion.

Sara started her career with Walt Disney World but soon shifted to sales with a company named Danka. She had the job of selling fax machine door-to-door and was quite successful at that. Soon, at the age of 25, she became national sales trainer at Danka. This was the time when she was supposed to wear pantyhose in hot climate, that to the one that showed seam lines at the foot area. She hated the fact that she was supposed to wear these uncomfortable pantyhose with open toed shoes. She hated those pantyhose, at that moment, so much that she cut them from the bottom. It obviously did not look that gracious, but that ignited an idea in Sara’s brain. She thought that she can reform these pantyhose and make it more stylish and comfortable. She thought she can make a great shape wear out of it. Sara then relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. and she worked there with Danka for two years. She saved $5000 out of her job and at kept developing on her idea of pantyhose meanwhile.

Success stories are never like a smooth sailing story, they are always full of road blocks and hurdles, and Sara’s story is no exception. Sara underwent a lot of troubles, especially because she never had any past experience in this field. All she had was her gut feeling, and she did rely on it heavily for all her decisions. Initially, Sara had to get patent rights for her idea and because of cash crunch she ended up writing her own patent, with the help of a law-book. She had to go to every hosiery mill and representative in North Carolina to sell her idea of pantyhose. She got rejection from every place except one who was forced by his two daughters to take Sara’s idea.

Blakely also found out a few loopholes that prevailed in this garment segment, at that point in time. She exploited those loopholes immensely and made her product shine. She introduced a lot of small but noticeable innovations, right from product packaging to the product brand name. She settled for the name SPANX because the name was funny and worth remembering. Because of lack of funds, Sara drove from store to store for one whole year and conduct SPANX rally to educate people on her product.

She made a lot of crazy decision, just because her gut said her to do it. Like this one, when she entered a reality show for three months, leaving SPANX behind. She met Richards Branson in that show, who later helped her out with her business and philanthropic goals.

Sara did SPANX for all those women who wanted comfort with style. She did lot many philanthropic works like donating $1 million to Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She became the first woman billionaire to pledge half of her wealth for charity purposes, by joining Giving Pledge.

Sara is one among the rare who do not fear venturing into the unknown. One of her favorite give away to rest of the world is, “Don’t let what you don’t know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset.” And if you do things without knowing how they have always been done, you’re guaranteed to do them differently.

 

This article was originally published on inspiring nuggets in 2016

You Are Destined For The Top…Nothing Less.

ballons

Have you ever tried to immerse a balloon in water?

You try hard with both hands, but what do you experience?

The balloon always comes back to the top.

It does not matter the color  or texture of the balloon, it will always come back to the top.

Why?

The content of the balloon …

A similar thing happens when you release a balloon in the air…it floats away to the sky.

The air inside the balloon makes it rise to top

Everyone of us carry the potential in us to rise to the top

You are destined for the top…

You may experience set backs or disappointments .

Painful as it may be, never allow that to keep you down.

Never allow the confidence you have in yourself or in your God to slip away.

Tap into the strength within and rise to your full potential.

Stay strong, stay motivated, you are unstoppable!

4 Important Tips For Understanding People

Multi-ethnic friends at bar's balcony

We all have those people in our lives. The ones who are just really difficult to love. They might have an annoying habit that grates our nerves. Or maybe they have a negative attitude all the time, or are never respectful of our time or space. Whatever reason you have for considering that person difficult, here are a few tips on how to love them anyway.

Remember your own faults

None of us like to admit that we are probably difficult to love in some way. Maybe we have our own annoying habits that gets on other people’s nerves. We all have our “unloveable ” moments, so when you are in that situation with your difficult person, take a breath and remember that you have your own moments of difficulty.

Try to understand their back story

Everyone has a back story, no one became who they are today overnight. If your difficult person isn’t all that close to you, try to find out where they come from. Did they have a difficult childhood? Did they just go through a painful divorce? Do they suffer from a mental health condition? Knowing more about what you are dealing with can help you navigate the best way to love that person, through the difficulty.

Speak up

Sometimes people do things that annoy us, and they never know about it, because we are too polite to say anything. If someone is doing something that is disrespectful or annoying, say something. It doesn’t have to be a fight, you can lovingly say “Listen, I love spending time with you, and I need you to know that when you do ______________ (insert annoying thing here) it really makes me feel disrespected”.

Make a choice

This sounds so simple, but often we don’t make the choice to love someone. We let them earn love, by being beneficial to us in some way, however love shouldn’t have to be earned. It is a gift best freely given. So in those moments of difficulty, take a moment and decide to love them anyway. Think about it, you want to be loved through your difficulty, so choose to love your difficult person through all the mess.

2 Reasons You Should Not Quit

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I remember running my first race,  prior to this race I run regularly with an average of  10 miles per week. Race day finally came and I found out that the terrain was completely different from what I was used to.

The race track was on an altitude much higher than I was used to and for the first one mile I was running up hill. I could have checked the details of the terrain before the race but it didn’t even occur to me at the time.

Several thoughts flowed through my mind during the first  few miles of the race, predominantly thoughts of turning back and simply quitting the race. Quitting was the easiest thing I could have done at that point. Several points  justifying  quitting the race came rushing through my mind as well.  Have you ever been faced with a difficulty and thoughts of quitting flood your mind?

Are you considering quitting a task or  turning back on a journey right now? I hope you find the highlights below useful in your consideration.

1. What does it take to quit? If you carefully think about it, it takes absolutely nothing to quit. Using my race scenario described earlier, I had trained for several months for the race and quitting will only involve taking a simple stroll downhill from the point I was to my car. It takes a lot of effort and perseverance to succeed at anything,  while quitting takes nothing. If you are thinking about quitting right now take the advise in the quote below.

When you feel like quitting, think about why you started -Anonymous

2. How will you feel if you quit?  Quitting dampens morale and takes you back to repeat what you have done earlier, even if you choose a different task. On the contrary, accomplishing a goal after a very difficult experience makes  victory even sweeter. Think about the boost that will give to your self-esteem. You will go on to take bigger task with confidence.  I completed the 10k race in less time than expected, it gave me a huge confidence boost. I doubt if I will still be running today if I left the race.

You have all it takes to win in you, you can win! Believe this truth and declare it to yourself as often as you can and see things work your way.

The difference between winning and losing is a mental one- Peter Thomson

Winners are not people who never fail but people who never quit – Anonymous

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