Motivation Monday: SPANX & My Confession

Happy Monday!

Today, I wanted to publish a Motivation Monday, because that’s just what I was after watching MAKERS‘ latest video on Sara Blakely. Firstly, if you’re not familiar with Makers.com, may I suggest you head over there right after you finish reading (and watching) this post. They are doing some incredible work in the women’s space.

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photo credit: makers.com

And after you watch this inspirational video on SPANX founder Sara Blakely, the youngest self-made billionaire, and yes, I said SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE… no trust fund, no rich husband, all on her own, I will share my confession with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE’S MY CONFESSION TO YOU LADIES:

When I see Sara Blakely, I am triggered.

Our lives are parallel – up until the Billion Dollar List part, of course!

Sara Blakely, founder of a hosiery company. Me, founder of a promotional products company.

She failed the LSAT. I failed the GMAT.

That failure made her rethink her life. That failure made me rethink my life.

She founded her company in 2000. I founded my company in 1999.

She started her company with $5000.00. I started my company with $5000.00.

She’s inspired by Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson. I’m inspired by Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson.

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She is growing her company around the world today. I sold my company in 2006 to be a mom.

SCREEEEECH!!! BREAKS ON!!!

And my confession?

I sometimes wonder where I’d be if I hadn’t (I am complaining, please don’t get me wrong). I don’t believe in regrets, but when I see Sara Blakely, she gets my business juices flowing and she inspires me to really up my game.

She makes me wonder, WHAT IF?

WHAT IF I hadn’t traded my successful company for motherhood?

What if?

I’ll never know.

I’d love to know, did you ever give up a career for motherhood? Did you ever throw in the towel on something great? Have you ever had any regrets or second guessed yourself? Have you ever wondered, WHAT IF? 

Erica3

3 Comments
  1. First off, your realness, honesty and openness is what sets you apart from many women who blog which is why I enjoy following your journey and advice. Keep that up! Brava.

    When we moved to Florida from Buffalo, NY last year that was our dream and in the process I stepped back from my successful career and completely changed course. Working to build a blog and on-line business is so new to me but I chose to be more centered and family focused. So yes, I would say I changed my career. It’s hard but frankly, our entire family is better off for it. As women, many times we really do set the course for the flow of the family.

    As always, thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your comment Heather and for reading. I don’t think enough of us are honest with one another, and I believe honesty leads to breakthroughs and learning. We constantly make choices to thrive… congrats on your new venture. ;))

  2. Oh wow, this is hard. Growing up, my dad always said that regret is the hardest thing to live with. I sense a bit of regret? (I too wonder where I would be career-wise if I hadn’t started a family so early…working hard now to catch up!)

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