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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

How To Condition Your Mind For Success

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We have a very lovely park close to our home.

The park overlooks a pond . On warm days you will find people seating on the bench feeding  the ducks.

Anytime these ducks see anyone approach the pond, they quickly move out of the water and approach the person expecting to be fed. In most cases, they get fed.

Recently the municipal government put a notice up that no one should feed the ducks anymore for their safety.

Even though we all love to feed the birds,  most  people stopped feeding the birds. Guess what the ducks still do when they see people approaching?

They quickly get out of the water and approach their guest expecting to be fed.

The ducks have been conditioned that way based on their experience over time.

The same instinct lies with people, it is not difficult to expect success in any area of life where you have repeatedly enjoyed success.  Some expect failure as well based on prior disappointing experiences.

What are you conditioned for?

Some expect to be the first set of people to be laid off when the company is in distress. Others  do not expect success in their relationships because that is the trend in their family. While some think success, speak success and expect success . Which category do you belong to?

When you condition your mind for something you will have it. Success or failure,  it does not matter which.

Have you conditioned your heart for success?

The journey to success starts in your mind, where do you see yourself?

Information you  feed on shapes how you think or what  you experience.

If you have been laid off your job twice, your mind processes it and makes you wonder when the next lay off event will be? You expect to be laid off… you can change this though.

You can condition your heart for success, expecting success at every turn

You can change a negative mindset by feeding on a new set of information.  Information that adds value to you. Information that inspires and energize you.

Refuse to allow your past to define you. Set yourself up for success and start the journey now!

2 Powerful Tips That Can Change Your Life

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There are times in life when a seemingly perfect opportunity presents itself and it is not even perceived as an opportunity until it is long gone.

You may have heard people say:   “Once  the right opportunity to present itself and I will return to college or start a business.

Should we really wait for opportunities?

This may be a coincidence but opportunities seem to present itself to people who are actively doing something not those waiting.

Have you been waiting for your life to change? For an amazing door of opportunity to open?

Stop waiting, start doing something to create the future you desire today. These two tips will change your life if you take it seriously.

1. Change the way you think

“if you think you can or  you can’t…you are right” – Henry Ford

It all starts with your perceptions, think possibilities, see possibilities. You will change what happens around you by changing how you think.

Think about this scenario:

A young man, Shawn, who dropped out of high school seven years ago,  recently got laid off his job. He has no technical skills whatsoever, and has had difficulty getting jobs from time to time. He is tired of looking for jobs almost every 8 months but does not know what to do.

Shawn can sit down and think about all the frustrations in his life right now and the ones he endured in the past.

He could even take it further by looking for people in his life that could be held responsible for his current predicament.

This thought pattern may lead to bitterness and resentment among other things. One thing is certain, this thought pattern will not lead him out of his current predicament.

Alternatively, he can decide to think of the possibility of a bright future, not limited by his past pain or misfortune but shaped by his determination to succeed.

Taking responsibility for his life and determined to make a change, he can start engaging in activities that will add value to him.  Map out a strategy to the future he desires and work hard towards it

Taking the right steps out of the problem starts by changing the way you think. Thinking more about what can be done with what you have rather than focus on what was done or not done in the past.

2. Change what you say

As simple as this sounds, it is very powerful. Our words create our reality. Instead of speaking defeating words that will dampen your morale, stand up and declare what you desire for your life! These positive declarations will energize you and beyond that shape your future.

What opportunities do you desire? Start creating those opportunities today by changing the way you think about the situation and what you say about it.

While these two tips are important, it does not stop there. Work hard to create the future you desire, persevere in the face of difficulty and watch your dream come true.

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