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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

10 Inspiring Quotes For Success

Be what you want to be.

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. Miguel de Cervantes

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi

Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.  Arnold H. Glasow

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. David Frost

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Napoleon Hill

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Take The Limits Off – This Is How.

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Recently I have noticed how  so many people place limits on their lives.

They say things like, “…people in my family do not do that well, how can I be different”

or ” …I wished I was raised in a different neighborhood, my life would have been very different”

I want to let you know, there is no limit to how far you can go in life.

If there is no limit in your mind, there is no limit in your life.

A young child has many influences in his life, parents and family members encouraging and speaking into him builds confidence in him, in most cases this child grows up believing in himself, growing a strong self-esteem.

Some are not that fortunate, growing up in an abusive environment and struggling to find an identity in life.

Irrespective of the family situation, life experiences and upbringing you might have, the moment you make decision to move up in life things begin to change.

My objective with this post is to help you realize you have all that you need to move up in life inside of you.

People might have talked down on you, your family may have given up on you, sad as that might be…it does not determine how far you will get in life.

The most important thing is that you do not give up on yourself, decide today to take things to the next level.

Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself “everything I need to make it to the top is in me!”

Create a new habit of encouraging yourself and building yourself confidence.

Stay away from people who talk you down and start surrounding yourself with positive and inspiring people.

Let everyday move you closer to your dreams!

Who Is In Your Inner Circle?

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You are the average of the 5 people you spend time with” – Jim Rohn

 

I love the outdoors and fishing is one activity that does not stop to intrigue me.

As I write this post, two items used on boats come to mind: an anchor and a motor. Take a moment and think about the function of both.

An anchor keeps the boat still, while a motor propels the boat in the desired direction.

People sometimes play the roles that anchors and motors play as well.

People around you can steady you when the storm comes. Helping you stay rooted and grounded in what you believe, not drifting away.

People can also keep you back from your dreams, constantly reminding you of your past failures and mistakes.

People in your life can also energize and inspire you. Energizing you to go further faster.

My question is two fold:

1. Who do you have in your inner circle? Often times the first thing that comes to mind when people are faced with questions like this is friends. Which is true, friends fit in here perfectly.

However, you should not be limited to people you know.

You can create your own network of inspiring people by listening to or reading their resources.

Regardless of the type of people you have in your life you can create your own circle of influence, by carefully choosing people you listen to or watch.

Allow these people to inspire you, shape the way you think.

Remember, “you are the average of the five people you spend time with” – Jim Rohn.

Do you want to change your future? Start by carefully looking through your playlist or your library.

If the resources in your library add value to you, then you are on the right track. If not, your changes should start there. Your dreams are achievable, create an enabling environment around yourself and make those dreams come true.

2. How will people around you describe you?

Who are you to other people around you?

Do you add value to them or simply take from them?

Choose to be a voice of encouragement, not only are you encouraging someone else you are encouraging yourself too.

Success in any area of life is intentional, so go ahead and make success real in your life.