I have a lot in common with a billionaire who I admire … except actually being a billionaire, that is!
It has been fabulous to recently learn more about the dynamic, down-to-earth woman behind Spanx, Sara Blakely.
Sara started Spanx in 1998 because she realised there was a need that wasn’t being fulfilled. Tick.
She self-funded her business. Tick.
She didn’t have any experience in business or her chosen industry. Tick.
She quickly realized that this was her greatest strength because, having no idea how it was supposed to be done, means you are going to do things differently and stand out from the crowd. Tick.
She knew she wanted to keep it real and share her own story. Tick.
She continues to enjoy sharing her own journey as well as her business journey and is not afraid to show emotion; she embraces it. Tick.
She expresses gratitude for being born at a time and in a country where she has the opportunities those before her did not. Tick.
But she really won me over when she rescued a turtle!
On an Instagram story last week, she and her husband stopped to help a turtle on the road. What followed made me smile and relate as she stressed about where to leave the rescued turtle and whether it would be safe or if it was still too close to the road. She wondered whether it had a family who was missing it and all the time her husband was helping by googling everything he could about turtles.
That could have been me. 😊 I, too, have rescued a few animals in my time and my shop is often temporarily housing dogs, cats and birds. No turtles as yet.
I was first introduced to Sara’s story when I joined Masterclass. Have you heard about it?
It’s like a really cool online university where you can listen to lectures by more than 80 experts in their fields.
Imagine listening to Jane Goodall talk about her beloved chimpanzees and conservation; Chris Hadfield reflect on what it’s like to be an astronaut; discover what fashion icon Anna Wintour can teach you about creativity and leadership; learn from former FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss about the art of negotiation; listen to Jodie Foster on filmmaking; get some tips from David Baldacci about mystery and thriller writing; and delight in Ru Paul sharing tips on self-expression and authenticity.
Those are just a few of the amazing people on my own list of pending learning.
And that’s another thing Sara and I have in common: we both love to learn.
Never ever stop learning!
Until next time
Carol & CCx