Spanx founder Sara Blakely is undoubtedly an inspiring figure for anyone even vaguely interested in entrepreneurship.

Through her apparel company, Blakely re-invented women's undergarments and grew the single-woman company into a billion-dollar industry. This feat put her on the 2012 Forbes list of the World's Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire.

With a biopic-worthy journey behind her, Blakely is now taking up her own Masterclass to inspire youths in making their own ideas work. Her tips, insights, and strategies that she provides in her Masterclass are for anyone looking to start their companies from scratch or even grow their businesses.

Sarah's Rags to Riches Story: How She Made Millions From a Mere $5000 Savings

Sarah Blakely's humbling journey started from failing the LSATS on multiple counts, to short term employment at Disneyland, and seven years of door-to-door fax machine sales.



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Even during her time as a door-to-door fax salesperson, Blakely had not lost the intent to start her own business. One day an idea finally came her way when she cut the feet off her pantyhose to make her butt look better in her fitting white pants. She was surprised that no one had thought of the idea for better shapewear, and hence the inception of Spanx began.

She had but an idea, and $5,000 worth of savings from working as a cold-call door-to-door fax salesperson for seven whole years. She channeled all that into her brand Spanx and worked a day in and day out to become what she is today. 

Blakely had no experience in fashion or retail, she had never taken a business class in her life, nor did she have anyone backing her if she failed. She did what she could, and learned what she couldn't. 

Want to learn more? Check out: How Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Turned Billionaire With $5,000?

Sara Advises You On How To Build On Your Idea

The founder of the multi-million dollar brand has distilled her knowledge of going from rags to riches into fourteen energetic video lessons in her masterclass. 

The apparel mogul's masterclass is in a class of its own. While the entire session would take three and a half hours to go through, if it were to be condensed down to easy pointers, this is what it'd be like: 

1. Ask yourself: What brings you joy? What are you good at? and finally, How do you want to serve the world beyond yourself?

2. Find your creative space and go there often. Let your mind wander. 

3. Ask "Why?" The answers are what will separate you from the competition. 


Ask the question “why?” We all came into this world naturally asking this question, but over time, many of us stop. I consider this one of my greatest secret weapons when starting @spanx. Not just asking “why” once, but the magic is in a willingness to ask it multiple times until you get to the real heart of the issue. I call it the “why multiplier.” I can’t tell you how many breakthroughs I’ve had and how many products I’ve invented at Spanx not because I had the right training or all the answers, but rather because I was willing to ask “why” multiple times and not just accept the status quo. The answer you need to make change seldom comes when the first why is answered, it usually comes after the third or fourth why. It’s also a hugely important life skill that helps drill down to what really matters. When you’re problem-solving, inventing or feeling stuck, do this exercise. Here’s an example: Maybe you just can't find the time to work out (I’m with you... it's hard! 😩) But WHY can't you find the time? Maybe it's because now, more than ever, you have a million things going on and a lot of people to take care of. But why is your list so long? Maybe it's because you struggle with asking for help. But why? Maybe it's because you feel guilty taking a moment for yourself. 🙋‍♀ï¸Â Throughout my journey, asking the question “why?” has been the key to countless innovations and solutions, better relationships with others, and more self-awareness. (I ask myself why multiple times too 😉.) Try it for yourself! You’ll be amazed at what this process reveals. #AskyWhy #Entrepreneur #Business #MondayMotivation

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4. Change your definition of failure. True failure is not trying at all. 

5. Know who your audiences are and always customize your pitch for the customer. 

6. Think like an entrepreneur. You will doubt yourself but you have to learn to turn that self-doubt into the positive talk. 

7. Overcome your fear. If you are afraid of something, do it over and over again till the fear is eliminated or at least reduced. 

Sara's Inspiring Words pave the Way for Your Journey

There's a plethora of Sara Blakely quotes peppered throughout the Internet. While she also does often post her own quotes, here are some of the finest picks:

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?

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.

Differentiate yourself! Why are you different? What's important about you? Why does the customer need you?

And, last but definitely not least,

It's important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.

Words can have the power to move a person to the core. And when these words come from a person such as Sara Blakely, these quotes are sure to leave a lasting impression. 


My friend @leslieblodgett wrote a book!!! For those of you who don't know her, Leslie was the founder and CEO of @bareminerals and was named "The Queen of Beauty" by the @nytimes and the most influential woman in beauty since Estee Lauder. Her book, "Pretty Good Advice" is made of 97 chapters featuring some of the most impactful moments throughout her delicious life. The book is an easy read and each chapter is 1-3 pages filled with really insightful stories that apply to both life and business. For our @spanx speaker series, I got to “virtually” interview her this week, and as always... she's such a fountain of wisdom and entertainment. Leslie built her entire brand on community and relationships between her customers before social media even existed. I met Leslie in the green room at @qvc. In between selling our products and wishing each other luck, we formed a wonderful friendship that's lasted for years. Leslie is now an advisor on the @Spanx Board and I’m so proud and excited for her next chapter. This book is an easy, entertaining and insightful read into what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, a leader, and a working mom. Comment below and I will choose 10 people to send the book to, and for the rest of you... go buy it! You will love it! ❤ï¸Â #LeslieBlodgett #Entrepreneur #BareMinerals #PrettyGoodAdvice #QVC #WomenSupportingWomen #SPANX #BusinessUnusual #GIVEAWAY

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