Well Sara Blakely, Age 41, has joined the Billionaires Club. And she is on the cover of the April Issue of Forbes Magazine. She is named the youngest female self made billionaire. Below is a video of Sara receiving the honor of Person Of The Week on ABC’s World News Tonight describing her amazing story.
After I viewed this video, I was blown away. And here are my takeways from this story.
Parents, we have to remember to give our children the safety to FAIL.
In our culture of being the very best. This was so reassuring to hear her give her father the credit of giving her the safety net to fail. Because if we are afraid to fail, we are afraid to try. That is with anything, including business. If we get caught up with things not being just so, we are going to miss out on not at least trying.
What we hear has power.
While I am not a proponent of Wayne Dyer, there is truth behind this principle. If we surround ourselves with negative self talk or words that do not build us up, then the outcome will be the same. This is important in business. Personal development can not be denied. If you are building yourself up, it will spill over with your clients as well.
Don’t Take Your Cheerleaders For Granted.
Sara, in the midst of her failures, had her friend Laura to cheer her on. How many of us in our personal and business endeavors have that safety of transparency to have someone to encourage us and cheer us on? Even when they witness the difficulties we are encountering. This is not to say that they will not be honest to tell you things to improve yourself, but they will definitely be there to rejoice with you when you succeed. Everyone needs a Laura. And if you have one, be thankful.
“Every failure is a gift.”
Sara Blakely, those are some pretty powerful words. Congratulations in your achievement, and most importantly encouraging other entrepreneurs out there to not give up.
Please leave your comments. Do you think Failure is a Gift?