Laugh At Myself…

Sara Blakely founded Spanx in 2000. She is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaireowns and is the 100 most influential people in the world, according to Wikipedia.

In 2001, BBC agreed to give Sara a live interview for her new Spanx products. During the talk show, Sara told over a million audiences why they needed this product; she said, “… it’s all about fanny….”.  The interviewer had lost all the color in his face and said, “ I think you mean bum.” Later, she explained that she used “fanny” was because “it sounded like such a British word.”

In the article on her “mortifying moment at the BBC” in the Newsweek April, 2012 issue, Sara said:

“I think very early on in life we all learn what we’re good at and what we’re not good at, and we stay where it’s safe… The BBC interview ended up opening more doors for me because I was willing to laugh at myself. I feel like I’ve had that approach with my business through the messaging and marketing—it’s a very honest and real and “oops!” mentality. There’s always a gift in something, even if it first feels like a failure.”  What an enormous courage she had!

A couple of weeks later, I listened to Brene Brown’s “Power of Vulnerability” on the Ted Talk.  Brene said that she had spent six years to collect data and she was able to understand the pattern of the people who had the sense of (self) worthiness. They all have:

  • Courage: to be imperfect
  • Compassion: to be kind first to themselves then to others
  • Connection: to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were.

To my surprise, the courage was not about being perfect, compassion was not about what you do, and the connection was not about others, but about connecting yourself.

I think that Sara Blakely’s experience– “to laugh at myself” and Brene Brown’s findings of self worthiness are interrelated. To laugh at herself, Sara must be willing to allow herself to be imperfect, be kind to herself, and let go who she thought she should be in order to be who she was.

Hope you find it interesting. I know I am learning to laugh at myself instead of kicking myself… 😀

More about Brene Brown’s talk click here.

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