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Leadership Women : Sara Blakely's Top 10 Rules For Success

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

She's Sara Blakely and here are her Top 10 Rules for Success.

1. Trust your gut

She graduated from Florida State University with a communication degree.

2. Differentiate yourself

She occasionally worked as a stand-up comedian.

3. Embrace failure

Although she initially planned to become an attorney, she reconsidered after failing the LSAT.

4. Visualize

She accepted a job with office supply company Danka, where she sold fax machines door-to-door.

5. Be honest

She was quite successful in sales and was promoted to national sales trainer.

6. Embrace not knowing

She spent two years and $5,000 savings researching and developing her hosiery idea.

7. Write down your goals

She initially handled all aspects of the business, including marketing, logistics and product positioning.

8. Hire your weaknesses

Oprah named Spanx a "Favorite Product", leading to a significant rise in popularity and sales.

9. Think outside of the box

Spanx achieved $4 million in sales in its first year.

10. Think big

She became the first female billionaire to join the "Giving Pledge".

Who is this #remarkable woman ?

Sara Blakely ](born February 27, 1971) is an American businesswoman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is the founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings, founded inAtlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine's "Time 100" annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

She was listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world byForbes.

In 2006, Blakely launched the Sara Blakely Foundation to help women through education and entrepreneurial training—Blakely had considered the establishment of a non-profit foundation prior to the founding of Spanx.

Richard Branson acted as a mentor to Blakely and, at the conclusion of The Rebel Billionaire, surprised Blakely with a US$750,000 check to start the Foundation.

Since its launch, The Sara Blakely Foundation has funded scholarships for young women at the Community and Individual Development Association City Campus in South Africa and Blakely appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, donating US$1 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. In 2013 Blakely became the first female billionaire to join the "Giving Pledge", Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's pledge, whereby the world's richest people donate at least half of their wealth to charity.

In 2019, Blakely paid $162,500 for the black pants worn by Olivia Newton-John in Grease; proceeds from the auction benefited Newton-John's cancer treatment center in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2020, Blakely is giving $5,000,000 to support female-run small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic

Source Wikipedia , , Evan Carmichael


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