Sunday, June 17, 2012

Billionaire Blakely's Dad was Failure-Loving Father

Sara Blakely, billionaire founder of the women's undergarment sensation Spanx, wasn't just encouraged to succeed by her father... she was encouraged to fail. 

She was quoted as saying, "my father used to ask my brother and me what we had failed at recently and then congratulate us. He did complete reverse psychology on us.  Failure was something we sought out and not this scary thing. I think many people are debilitated by the fear of failure, so he gave us a real gift."

Sara has also said that over time, because of his encouragement and (literal) high-fives for failing that her definition of failure became not trying. Looks like her Dad's failure-focus paid off!

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