The founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, is considered to be the youngest self-made woman billionaire in the whole world by Forbes in the year 2012. She started this company in her late 20s. This company generated around $4 million in sales in the very first year of its establishment and $10 million in its second year. She is a massively successful person. Still, if she been asked what is the best advice she has got till now? She will not mention the success. Rather, she mostly talks on the lines of how her father would make her sit at the dining table and ask her a similar question: “What did you fail at this week?” He never wished to see how many A’s she has received. He was also not keen on how many Girl Scout cookies she was able to sell or how many goals she scores while playing soccer for her team or if she has received a perfect score in her maths exam. But, yes, he wanted to know in which all things she failed. And when she uses to tell him, his reaction was a high-five with her.
Let’s give it a thought. Each week evolving, her father shaped her express on the thing she has failed do, then exhibited her that not only she was still received a hug even after failing, rather she was celebrated for it. In a Fortune interview, Blakely said, she didn’t realize during that time how well this advice would delineate my future but her concept of failure. She says she has understood being an entrepreneur that a number of individual does not pursue their scheme due to the fact that they were anxious or frightened of uncertainty or failure. She further says her father taught her that failing simply just takes an individual towards the next great thing.
Talking about that, Blakely says she herself failed the LSAT two times before establishing Spanx. On that specific episode of her life, she says, it was one of the many exams which gave me a lesson that how few of the greatest failures in each one’s lives just push or nudge towards another path. Those people who were able to make things do it again could be the major logics they have to where they are is by undergoing risks. Again, and again, they talk on the lines of the significance of taking leaps, which constantly now and then means dropping down:
- “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”—Robert F. Kennedy
- “Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”—Oprah
- “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”—Thomas Edison