Motivation Monday: How Sara Blakely creator of Spanx has inspired me


*Photo by Ben Baker/Redux for Forbes 

It's Motivation Monday and today were going to talk about Spanx.  Have you heard of it? If not you probably will when Sara Blakely founder of Spanx graces the March 26th cover of Forbes as one of this year's billionaires.  At 41, Sara Blakely is the youngest female to be in the billionaire category for this year.

I sat and read the Forbes article of Sara Blakely and found myself inspired and motivated.  What inspired me most was not that she was a billionaire, but her drive and determination to start her company.  The fact that she thought her life was going in one direction and something changed it, is something I think most of us can relate to.  She talks about why she created Spanx, how much money she started with (much smaller than I ever thought), the tragedies that occurred in her life, people she looked up to in the business world and the little tidbit of why Spanx is spelled with an X instead of an S.

The fact that Sara Blakely put herself out there time and time again after being turned away multiple times is inspiring.  It made me think of this quote:

"Fear is what stops you...courage is what keeps you going" ~ Unknown

All of us have dreams and ideas and a lot of times we stop ourselves because we fear the outcome.  Maybe we're scared to hear the word no, or scared someone is going to ridicule us or scared of truly believing we deserve the things we really want.  The fact of the matter is we should set aside the fear and go after what it is we want. Whether it's fitness, business or personal related they are bound to positively effect all aspects of your life. Of course it may seem a little scary, but that's kind of what makes the ride the adventurous one it is.  The ride you can look back and think, I'm so glad I didn't do it any other way.  Who knows, maybe you'll end up like Sara Blakely "on the cover of Forbes magazine" (yes, you must sing this line as you read it:)

Have a fun and fit day, Chicago.

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    I am a personal trainer, Chicago Luvabull, Miss Illinois USA 2009 and actress. I contribute to the Red Eye Chicago 5 on 5 and Bulls TV. I am also the host of POWERADE ZERO Fit Club. I have a passion for fitness, dance, sports and philanthropy. I love this city and I'm ready to get you motivated and healthy!

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