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75 Empowering Sara Blakely Quotes

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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75 Empowering Sara Blakely Quotes

Sara Blakely is the founder of ‘Spanx’, an attire company located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sara Blakely was placed in the top 100 of the most influential people in the world in ‘Times Magazine’. In 2014 she was ranked 93 as most powerful women in the world by Forbes.

75 Inspirational & Motivational Sara Blakely Quotes:

1. “I’ve always leaned toward a feminine, funky style, even in business settings. I used to paint my nails blue in 1993, before it was mainstream.” – Sara Blakely

2. “My first account was Neiman Marcus. I cold-called them just like I had cold-called businesses when I was selling fax machines for seven years.” – Sara Blakely

3. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know.” – Sara Blakely

4. “When something I can’t control happens, I ask myself : where is the hidden gift, where is the positive in this?” – Sara Blakely

5. “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.” – Sara Blakely

6. “You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a Polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely

7. “When I was a child, my father used to encourage my brother and me to fail. At the dinner table, instead of asking about the best part of our day, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something to tell him, he would be disappointed. When we shared whatever failure we’d endured, he’d high-five us and say, ‘Way to go!’ The gift my father gave us by doing this was redefining what failure truly meant.” – Sara Blakely

8. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

9. “Instead of failure being the outcome, failure became not trying. And it forced me at a young age to want to push myself so much further out of my comfort zone.” – Sara Blakely

10. “Every time I went on stage I was so terrified I almost threw up.” – Sara Blakely

11. “We don’t have the luxury of time. We spend more because of how we live, but it’s important to be with our family and friends.” – Sara Blakely

12. “My revenue was $4 million my first year in business, off of one $20 item.” – Sara Blakely

13. “I’d never worked in fashion or retail. I just needed an undergarment that didn’t exist.” – Sara Blakely

14. “I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you that you are off course.” – Sara Blakely

15. “Failure is not the outcome – failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

16. “My advice for an entrepreneur just starting out is to differentiate yourself. Why are you different? What’s important about you? Why does the customer need you?” – Sara Blakely

17. “Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ is my go-to song to pump myself up if I’m having a tough time or if I get really nervous right before a speech.” – Sara Blakely

18. “I shopped for body shapers for the first time in my life and I was horrified. They were thick – it was like wearing workout clothes and they all had a leg band on one side that showed through the pants.” – Sara Blakely

19. “I think very early on in life we all learn what we’re good at and what we’re not good at, and we stay where it’s safe.” – Sara Blakely

20th Sara Blakely Quote – Don’t let what you don’t know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset. And if you do things without knowing how they have always been done, you’re guaranteed to do them differently.” – Sara Blakely

21. “Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school.” – Sara Blakely

22. “I made a conscious decision not to tell anyone in my life. Now I tell people – don’t tell anyone your idea until you have invested enough of yourself in it that you are not going to turn back. When a person has an idea at that conception moment it is the most vulnerable – one negative comment could knock you off course.” – Sara Blakely

23. “You’ve got to embrace what you don’t know.” – Sara Blakely

24. “I always joke and say I want to invent a comfortable stiletto and then retire.” – Sara Blakely

25. “Failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. This way, it is about answering to yourself.” – Sara Blakely

26. “I think failure is nothing more than life’s way of nudging you that you are off course. My attitude to failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. It is liberating. Most people attach failure to something not working out or how people perceive you. This way, it is about answering to yourself.” – Sara Blakely

27. “When I’m bored or tired of being blonde, I’ll throw on a wig. It’s a lot less of a permanent way to change your look, and I have about 10 – all different colors, shapes, bobs, long hair, short, feathered.” – Sara Blakely

28. “I aim to be pretty – I gave up dressing to be sexy in the eighties.” – Sara Blakely

29. “Everything in our society is so purposeful.” – Sara Blakely

30. “Failure to me became not trying versus not succeeding.” – Sara Blakely

31. “My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

32. “Don’t let what you don’t know scare you, because it can become your greatest asset.” – Sara Blakely

33. “I think my story says that, when women are given the chance and the opportunity, that we can achieve a lot. We deliver.” – Sara Blakely

34. “Perseverance is the key to starting a successful business.” – Sara Blakely

35. “I’d get kicked out of buildings all day long, people would rip up my business card in my face. It’s a humbling business to be in. But I knew I could sell and I knew I wanted to sell something I had created. I cut the feet out of those pantyhose and I knew I was on to something. This was it.” – Sara Blakely

36. “Money is fun to make, fun to spend and fun to give away.” – Sara Blakely

37. “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” – Sara Blakely

 

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38. “It’s really a full-time job to manage our lives.” – Sara Blakely

39. “The thought of my mortality – I think about it a lot. I find it motivating. It can be any time that your number’s up.” – Sara Blakely

40th Sara Blakely Quote – Ideas, even million-dollar ones, are most vulnerable in their infancy; don’t share them with too many people. However, don’t hide your plan from people who can help you move it forward.” – Sara Blakely

41. “Ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” – Sara Blakely

42. “I got a call from the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah had chosen Spanx as one of her favorite products in 2000. I had boxes of product in my apartment and I had two weeks notice that she was going to say she loved it on TV and I had no shipping department.” – Sara Blakely

43. “Most of the reason we don’t do things is because we’re afraid to fail. I just made a decision one day that I was not not going to do things in my life because of fear.” – Sara Blakely

44. “The thing about fashion – it’s like ducks going quack, quack quack. It’s being dictated from above, and it just makes me want to rebel against it.” – Sara Blakely

45. “I started thinking about joy. Everything in our society is so purposeful. Let’s bring joy back to the experience.” – Sara Blakely

46. “I took a Fear of Flying class, and I always missed the class, because I was always flying.” – Sara Blakely

47. “Don’t solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multimillion-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.” – Sara Blakely

48. “What I most identify with is effortless fashion, looking as if someone’s not put a lot of effort into their look.” – Sara Blakely

49. “It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.” – Sara Blakely

50. “I grew up in a house where my father encouraged my brother and me to fail. I specifically remember coming home and saying, ‘Dad, Dad, I tried out for this or that and I was horrible,’ and he would high-five me and say, ‘Way to go.'” – Sara Blakely

51. “I have this system where if I buy three or four new things, I give away three or four things. Sometimes, it’s a very painful system, but shopping is even better when you know that someone else who needs it will be getting. Keep the clothing karma going, I say.” – Sara Blakely

52. “My saddlebags are why ‘Spanx’ exist! Now that I have a baby I also have a muffin top.” – Sara Blakely

53. “Embrace what you don`t know.” – Sara Blakely

54. “I feel like money makes you more of who you already are.” – Sara Blakely

55. “I didn’t like the way it looked in white trousers, and I couldn’t find anything to work underneath them.” – Sara Blakely

56. “I didn’t want women to walk out of the dressing rooms feeling depressed and wanting a cocktail.” – Sara Blakely

57. “If somebody can do something 80 percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you’ve got to let it go.” – Sara Blakely

58. “There is a hidden blessing in the most traumatic things we go through in our lives. My brain always goes to, ‘Where is the hidden blessing? What is my gift?'” – Sara Blakely

59. “With every obstacle that has happened to me in my life, my brain immediately says, ‘Where is the hidden blessing?’ In starting a business and growing a business, every day is learning how to manage obstacles.” – Sara Blakely

60th Sara Blakely Quote – Everything about my journey to get Spanx off the ground entailed me having to be a salesperson – from going to the hosiery mills to get a prototype made to calling Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. I had to position myself to get five minutes in the door with buyers.” – Sara Blakely

61. “I’ll mix a lot of things. I’ll wear a Temperley dress with flip flops, or I might be in head-to-toe Gucci and have on a ring that I got from a gumball machine for 50 cents.” – Sara Blakely

62. “What you don’t know can be your greatest asset.” – Sara Blakely

63. “The word ‘Spanx’ was funny. It made people laugh. No one ever forgot it.” – Sara Blakely

64. “My husband is such a healthy eater. Except when it comes to sweets. He never consumes anything except fruit until noon. And then from noon on he might have some brown rice and some tofu, and then, come eight or nine at night, he orders three mud-pie double-chocolate pieces of cake and eats all three of them.” – Sara Blakely

65. “The smartest thing I ever did was to hire my weakness.” – Sara Blakely

66. “I pledge to invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment. I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office essentially be given the chance to soar.” – Sara Blakely

67. “Whatever you can think, you can create; just have a very clear vision… Once you have your snapshot, work on filling in the blanks to get to that place.” – Sara Blakely

68. “Courage is doing something despite the fear, and I’ve worked hard on being a courageous person.” – Sara Blakely

69. “Where I get my energy is: ‘How can I make it better?” – Sara Blakely

70. “I did not like the way I looked in a pair of white pants.” – Sara Blakely

71. “I couldn’t figure out what to wear under my clothes. The body shapers were too thick at the time.” – Sara Blakely

72. “Most of us want to tell our coworkers or friends, or husbands or wives, our ideas. For what reason? We want validation. But I feel ideas are most vulnerable in their infancy. Out of love and concern, friends and family give all the reasons or objections on why you shouldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk that.” – Sara Blakely

73. “When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely re-framing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.” – Sara Blakely

74. “When I was 7, I came up with the idea of ‘charm socks.’ My mom would take me to buy bags of plastic charms, we would sew them on frilly white socks, and I sold them at school.” – Sara Blakely

75. “If we can put a man on the moon, we can make pantyhose comfortable.” – Sara Blakely

What’s your favorite Sara Blakely Quote? Share your favorite quote in the comment section below

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  1. Charlene Rhinehart

    Jan 11, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Great post! I really liked quote #73! This is a complete shift in how our society views failure!

    73. “When I was growing up, my dad would encourage my brother and I to fail. We would be sitting at the dinner table and he would ask, ‘So what did you guys fail at this week?’ If we didn’t have something to contribute, he would be disappointed. When I did fail at something, he’d high-five me. What I didn’t realize at the time was that he was completely re-framing my definition of failure at a young age. To me, failure means not trying; failure isn’t the outcome. If I have to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I didn’t try that because I was scared,’ that is failure.” – Sara Blakely

  2. Paul Damson Mwanelo

    Jan 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Sara Blakely deserve to be emulated in as far as fulfilling dreams is concerned! From the powerful inspiration above,I have learned,realise and concluded mathematically that #DREAMS vs #ACTIONS=#REALITY #{ DREAM ACCOMPLISHMENT}!

  3. stephen osoko

    Jan 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Great Post Jesse!
    “You’ve got to visualize where you’re headed and be very clear about it. Take a Polaroid picture of where you’re going to be in a few years.” – Sara Blakely
    That’s so true.
    The vision will become reality.

  4. bakiliressam

    Jan 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Sara Blakely rose from door-to-door fax salesperson to one of today’s most successful entrepreneurs. Learn from her powerful words.

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