CEO's father told her to fail

Posted September 26

Have you ever considered telling your children to fail?

That is just what Spanx CEO Sara Blakely's father told her to do every day.

"Growing up, my father used to ask my brother and me what we had failed at at the dinner table," says Blakely in a recent video. "Which was so interesting. And he'd celebrate it and he'd actually be disappointed if I didn't have something that I failed at that week."

Her father would give her a high-five when he heard about her failures.

"And what it did was just reframe my definition of failure," Blakely says in the video. "Failure for me became not trying versus the outcome."

Spanx is an American shapewear company widely popular among American women.

Blakely said many people don't try because they are afraid to fail.

"Once you redefine that for yourself and realize that failure is just not trying, then life opens up to you in many ways," says Blakely in the video.

The Facebook video has over 19 million views.

Watch the video on YouTube here.


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