Failure Is Now An Option

Just like the concept of perfection, I have a hard time with the concept of failure. To me, it's like giving the world an excuse to notice my flaws and shortcomings. Growing up as a competitive swimmer, sometimes not winning felt like failing, while in reality, failing probably should have been not completing an event. Still, failure. Not something I've ever embraced.

Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx Hosiery, recently landed on the cover of the June 2016 Forbes Magazine as one of America's richest self-made women. (sidenote: I often think about the experience of watching Spanx develop as a company whe