She’s also the youngest billionaire — yes, BILLION-aire — in history.
What intrigued me most about this fax machine saleswoman-turned-entrepreneur extraordinaire was her attitude about failure.
“Instead of failure being the outcome, failure became not trying,” she told Cooper. “It forced me at a young age to want to push myself so much farther out of my comfort zone.”
She said failing the LSAT was devastating, as her dream was to become a lawyer. But failing that only put her life on a different course, one that has led her to a career — and life — she loves.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had a strange relationship with failure. I never thought about it much when I was younger; I just set a goal and aimed for it. But now — after experiencing failures and setbacks and the kind of obstacles that make you want to stay in bed for six weeks — I feel a little anxious and gunshy about taking risks.
When did our courage disappear, the space filled with worry and fear?
I love what Blakely said about failure, that true failure is not trying.
Imagine all the things we could achieve if we had that attitude! I might’ve invented Spanx 10 years ago!