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Entrepreneurial Mindset

Sara Blakely

Lesson time 16:29 min

To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to develop the right mindset. Sara teaches you to train your brain to embrace failure, look for hidden lessons in challenging times, visualize and set your intentions, and aim high.

Sara Blakely
Teaches Self-Made Entrepreneurship
Spanx founder Sara Blakely teaches you bootstrapping tactics and her approach to inventing, selling, and marketing products that consumers love.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] - Self-doubt is a massive obstacle for entrepreneurs. It's a massive obstacle for everyone, and I really think a big part of this game is how much you can manage your own self-doubt. We all have a choice on how we react to everything that happens to us, every situation, and we can choose to react in a way that propels us forward or that holds us back. But if you continue to practice and hone that ability to talk back to the self-doubt or be able to navigate through it for yourself, you're going to have the first big key component to being an entrepreneur. And an entrepreneur mindset, it's really someone who's willing to take risks, someone who's not afraid to fail, someone who doesn't care too much what other people think about them. That's a hard one. I'm a work in progress on that one my whole life. And, you know, just take time to get to know why you do the things you do, how you do them, when do you get stuck, when do you not get stuck, what do you enjoy, what don't you enjoy. Become your own teacher. [MUSIC PLAYING] When I was 16 years old, I witnessed a very tragic accident of a close friend of mine, and she was run over and killed by a car. And shortly after that my parents separated and ultimately got divorced. And it was a very difficult time in my life. And when my dad left home-- I will never forget it-- he came into my bedroom and he handed me a cassette tape series by Wayne Dyer, and the title was "How to be a No-Limit Person." And he said to me, Sara, I wish that I was your age when I discovered this instead of the age of 40. And then he left. And I'm staring at this cassette tape. I'll never forget. There were pink hearts all over the walls of my wallpaper. And had it been any other time or chapter in my life, I would have thrown it into the bottom of my closet. But because I was in that very dark place, I was willing to listen to it. And I put the cassette tapes in and I started listening to this man talk to me about how you can choose to think, and I started to weep. And the reason why I started to cry is because I had just spent 16 years of my life in school being taught what to think, but nobody had ever taught me how to think. Some of the most important things that I learned from those tapes are not to care what other people think about you. And here's the caveat that I had to learn on my own, that not caring what other people think about you doesn't have to mean you don't care about them. The second thing is that when somebody is reacting towards you, you don't have to own it. So it's like the example of hit the ball back. Somebody hits you a tennis ball and it's really negative, or it's negative energy, or they're in a certain place in their life. You don't have to own it. Hit the ball back. That's when the light bulb went on, and I really started becoming a student of what I call the entrepreneurial mindset. And then that changed the trajectory of my life. And so I always like to say,...

Find your big idea

With little more than an idea and a drive to find her way, Sara Blakely went from selling fax machines door-to-door to becoming the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire in 2012. Now the inventor, entrepreneur, and founder of Spanx teaches you to open doors and close deals. Learn Sara’s customer-first approach and her tactics for prototyping, branding and building awareness, and bootstrapping your way to success.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I'm launching a business. And this Master Class with Sara Blakely get 10 starts.

i related so much to sara and everything i am going through right now was covered by her awesome class. i feel more confident in this launch and in my own capacity to grow with the momentum of my business and serve the whole. thank you sara and master class.

I liked the way she told us how it wasn't all plain sailing.

super encouraging! Sara is honest, sincere, and her desire to really help all come across in every segment. thank you Sara!!!! i look forward to seeing what i do and this has been a nice step on the path i'm on.


Sharzad M.

Managing self-doubt, and regulate that voice that says "I am not capable" "people are better than you" and I say no "I can do this" "I am smart enough" "I am very much capable" I also listened again to Wayne Dyers tapes "how to be a no-limit person" on how to choose how to think. Biggest takeaway is that whatever happens, I have the power to choose what meaning I give to it - finding the hidden lessons- Recently many tragic things happened in my life, my father being very sad, my mother needing an operation and 2 deaths in our family...I am looking for the hidden blessings.


A lot of solid information and advice. I have a question sounded like you went ahead anyway and worked with (all?) the people who wouldn't sign the NDA. Is that correct? If you worked with some who refused, but not others who refused, how did you make the call on who to trust? Thanks!

Monica D.

I loved this lesson! Manifesting is very hard for me bc I always look at what limits me. I have to change that and that comes with learning HOW to think. Also, I love the idea of writing down your failures or discussing them every day. This is such great advice and something I need to put into practice.

A fellow student

I love that Sara content course is so full of detailed information and ideas. I do currently have my space were I get my ideas.

A fellow student

This is the best Masterclass among the several I attended so far. This has so much for not just for entrepreneurial journey but also success in personal career success as well. Self doubt and thinking too much about what others think really caps your success because you cannot have a bold strategy.

Elias V.

Wow! Sara! This is one of the more inspiring Masterclasses I've ever listened to. Thank you so much for all the valuable insights and thoughts!

Rosalina L.

An inspirational Masterclass. One of the best. I am loving hearing about Sara's journey! 😍

Graham J.

"You only fail if you don't try" I remember that quote from a karate class "You only fail if you STOP TRYING" was one of my favourite quote when I tried to touch something above me (7 foot) with my feet. Finally I touched it after so many tries! This quote works!

Hillary W.

My palms are still sweating from watching Sara jump. I'm going to start tracking the things that make my palms sweat like this. If I don't palm-sweat once everyday, I'm not aiming high enough. Anyone want to join me for 30 days? We can build an accountability group. If you're palm's sweating already and want more of these moments, email me with subject "The 30 Day Palm-Sweat Challenge" @ and we can hold each other accountable and make some magic happen.

Michel O.

This and the past lessons have been really impactful for my journey. I am really inspired and determined thanks to Sara <3