The Courage To Make Mistakes

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Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, shares a story from her childhood – a perspective that helped her build a company with just $5000 and turn it into an international retail powerhouse.

Each weekend, her dad would sit down and ask Sara and her brother one question, a question that helped her learn how to “fall forward” both personally – and later on, as a leader of a multi-billion-dollar company.

His question? What have you failed at this week?

If you never extend yourself to the point of failure, you’re never going to amount to much. Tweet This!

If you want your people to innovate and use their imagination – learn to increase your tolerance for some degree of making honest mistakes.

Hear the full story, plus two ways to immediately put this into practice, in this 2 minute video.

Bill Treasurer

About Bill Treasurer

Bill Treasurer is a bestselling author, leadership consultant, and creator of Q Cards. He is the founder of Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company, and the author of the international bestseller, Courage Goes to Work. His workshops have been taught to thousands of executives in eleven countries on five continents. For more than two decades, Bill has designed and delivered programs for emerging and experienced leaders from such organizations as NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lenovo, eBay, UBS Bank, Spanx, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill served as an executive in Accenture’s change management and human performance practice, eventually becoming the $35 billion company’s first full-time internal executive coach.

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