Bottoms up

April 21, 2014 |  by  |  Linkedin Blog

I suspect you may not have heard of 43 year old Sara Blakely.

Blakely launched a start-up with $5000 in savings to becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history.

She grew her bottom line by quite literally removing her customer’s bottom line. You see, Blakely gave the world Spanx: the world’s first invisible pants.

Given her notable first in the Global Rich List, you might think that Blakely is a completely driven alpha female. Interviewers have remarked on her incredible energy and passion for helping women look and feel their best, but also on a vulnerability, empathy and honesty which they have found most endearing.

These qualities are reflected in Blakely’s answer to the question, “What advice would you give entrepreneurs?”

1. Pay it forward. Solve people’s problems, make their lives easier, make them happier and the money will follow.

2. Go with your gut. It seems to know things your head doesn’t.

3. Push through your fear. Blakely says she was terrified when she started her business and still pushes herself through her fears every day, which include flying all over the world, despite a chronic fear of flying.

4. Spend time each day on your own: ideally at least half an hour in silence. Blakely says that the best ideas always come to her while she is having her evening soak in the bath.

5. Believe in your work and treat failure as a key part of the process.Blakely said she heard the word “No” over a thousand times before someone first said “Yes” to her idea.

If it’s good enough for the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire …..


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Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.

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