''I must have heard the word 'no' a thousand times,'' she told Forbes last year. Yet, ''it didn't faze me. I didn't have a special ability, it was sheer drive and telling myself to keep going.'' Spanx Founder, Sara Blakely.
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald outlined the role of failure in business success and how a family culture of embracing failure helped Sara Blakely successfully launch Spanx, becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history.
Sara said, without "sheer drive" and never giving up her product would not have got to market. Her father had taught her from a young age to push herself, encouraging his children to make mistakes, knowing this meant they were really learning and reaching outside their boundaries. For Sara, this attitude of embracing mistakes, had taught resilience and that failure was not to be feared.
Our attitude to failure greatly influences our chances of doing something special. Fear of failure can be paralysing, resulting in us never actually STARTING the task because we are busy imagining everything that can go wrong. Usually however, our imagined fears are much worse than the reality and it is possible to get past them.
If you want to change your direction, but won't take the first step because you are scared of failing, here's a strategy to get you going:
If you are looking for a little more inspiration, read JK Rowling's commencement address to Harvard graduates, which is a brilliant essay on embracing failure and the role it played in her drive to write the Harry Potter novels.
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Alison Walter enjoys coaching others to success. Read some tips about changing your life in Alison's blog posts.