Sara Blakely, born February 27, 1971, is an American businessperson and founder of Spanx, a hosiery company based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine’s “Time 100” annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Sara did not share her idea or her initial plans with anyone. She held all information ‘close to the chest’ for a year!! Only when she was ready to launch her product did she share her idea with friends and family. She told them she was preparing to create and market a new, body slimming garment: panty hose without the feet!
Sharing your vision with others can be an important step in attaining your vision. Some people decide against such pronouncements. There are arguments for both views. In the example of Sara Blakely, the decision to not share was made to avoid any possible off-putting feedback. Sara was so committed to her vision she didn’t want to invite any negativity that might derail her. Others share their vision with friends and family, creating a support system and cheering section in the process.
Remember, your vision is YOUR vision.
Take a few minutes to watch this powerful video presentation of a Ted Talk by Brene Brown on this topic.
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