Founder of Spanx Shapewear
“Failure is not the outcome. Failure is not trying.”
As a young girl, Sara Blakely’s father would ask: “What did you fail at today?” Growing up, failure was viewed as a good thing. If Sara didn’t fail at something that day, her father would be duly disappointed. This enthusiasm towards trying new things, regardless of the outcome, helped Blakely avoid the paralyzing fear of failure that prevents many people from reaching beyond their comfort zones. In her 20s, and frustrated by the lack of undergarments to wear with white pants, Sara Blakely’s idea for Spanx was born when she cut the feet off a pair of pantyhose. In 2012, she was the youngest self-made women to join the Forbes’ billionaire list.