Monday, December 5, 2016

Calligcast #10: Sara Blakely

[Calligcast = Practicing calligraphy while listening to a podcast]

Podcast: The School of Greatness
Episode #397: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx.

This podcast episode was recommended to me by Kim Dinan, and it was an excellent listen. I'd never heard of Sara Blakely before, but she is now on my radar as someone with integrity to learn from.

I listened to the podcast while finishing the calligraphy on the envelopes for my holiday letter. There were several quotes that I stopped to jot down:

"You have to ensure your own success." 
"What you don't know can be your greatest asset if you let it because it ensures you're gonna do it differently." 
"Sometimes not knowing how it's supposed to be done—you have the courage though to say even though I wasn't 'trained' in this, because a lot of people think well I didn't go to school for this so how could I possibly know—but you know. It's inside of you." 
"My dad used to encourage me to fail. At the dinner table growing up, he would ask my brother and me what we'd failed at that week, and if we didn't have something to tell him, he'd be disappointed." 
"Failure for me became about not trying, not the outcome."

"I am a work in progress." 
"Be kind to yourself." 
"Facing my own mortality at a really young age had all these hidden gifts." 
"I use mortality and kind of the insignificance of all of this in a positive way ... how temporary this all is—to fuel me and to say 'Why would I ever not do this?'" 
"... that person's not gonna remember me 5 minutes after I make a fool of myself anyway, let's do this—we're all here for such a short period of time, so it freed me up." 
"1. The more you experience in life the more you'll have to offer others, so experience everything. Don't hold yourself back.
2. Smile and be kind.
3. Don't take it all too seriously; remember to laugh." 
"[Greatness is] going for it no matter what, despite fear, and making the absolute most of the life you are given because it's not a dress rehearsal."
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