This billionaire entrepreneur has set up her own foundation to empower women around the world.
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Sara Blakely She is the founder and CEO of Spanx, a company that was born in 1998. As Sara was preparing for a party, she realized that she didn’t have the right panties under her white pants.
Armed with scissors and a brilliant idea, Sara cut off the legs of classic tights and started the revolution of Spanx, a group of belts whose mission is: “Help women feel good about themselves and their potential”
Not only is Sara the first billionaire to join Giving Pledge, a philanthropic campaign that invites the richest families in the world to donate most of her wealth for philanthropic purposes, she also founded her own foundation to empower women. around the world.
According to their statistics, 75% of the social and nonprofit sector are women and less than half of the managerial positions are held by women. Figures that change due to their foundation and contribution to other foundations such as Malalas.
Her story, mission, and example have been a reference for many women around the world, and today I want to share with you 5 lessons Sara has left me during her career so that we women can succeed in our endeavors:
Lesson 1. Trust your intuition
Being a woman is a great asset when we connect with our emotions, open our hearts and listen to our intuition.
It is a crucial moment in history to turn a deaf ear to external comments and believe more in our dreams, our ideas and our potential to make them come true.
As Sara says: “There is no bad idea” and as proof of this Spanx is born through classic tights.
Lesson 2. Redefine mistakes
For Sara, failure is nothing more than life telling you that you are a little “out of place” with regard to your dreams or your own definition of success.
Every evening, her father gathered in the dining room for dinner and asked her and her brother: Where did they fail this week? and was disappointed if they didn’t fail.
Although this may sound “crazy” to you, her father has psychologically and consciously planted in her the desire to experience new things and to try new ways and ideas.
As Sara says: “I realized that my biggest fear was not to fail, but to stop trying.”
Inspiration that can help us take action, take over and leave our comfort zone.
In addition, each failure brings with it learning that brings us closer to realizing our ideas and projects.
Lesson 3. Write and visualize your goals
In 1973, Harvard University conducted the following study:
Seniors were asked how many of them had goals that 100% claimed to have.
When asked how many of them had their goals in writing, only 5% raised their hands.
In 1993, 20 years after monitoring all students, they found that only 5% of those who wrote their goals earned more than 95% of the remaining class financially.
As Sara says: Have your goals in writing, be precise and visualize them in great detail.
Remember: those you focus on are expanded.