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And finally tonight we end the week with a lesson in picking yourself up when you fail. From our person of the week, Sara Blakely all over the news as one of the youngest self-made billionaires ever. She started by cutting legs off pantyhose, and from there, invented the slimming underwear called Spanx. But it wasn't always easy. And tonight she wants to send a message. This is the night to believe in yourself. All week as we saw Sara Blakely smiling from the cover of the magazine, we had no idea the journey that brought her here. How much she had failed and had to get back. Something she says her father taught her as a kid at the dinner table. We would sit at the dining room table at night and he would say, okay kids what did you fail at today? I would say, Dad I tried out for this sport and I was horrible. And he'd go way to go and high five me. And it just completely reset my definition of failure, so for my brother and me, failure is not trying, it's not the outcome. It was still early in life when people close to her had died, and her parents separated. So again her dad asked his heartbroken daughter to listen to some motivational tapes. She was sixteen. It was the Wayne Dyer series of cassette tapes, How to be a No-Limit Person. You have got to understand that you're not going to get healed, if you are asking someone else to heal you. I listened to that series so much I actually memorized all, I think it was ten tapes. And it became a joke because in high school I'm listening to these tapes you know, how to a no limit person. Everyone used to fight over who had to go in my car after partying at night. They're like no, she'll make us listen to that motivational stuff. I always had it on. And so she remained undaunted, even when she tried to get into law school but failed the entrance exam twice. Even when she had to spend seven years going door to door selling fax machines. Even when she had an idea to turn those carved up pantyhose into specialty underwear a lot of stores rejected her. Her best friend and roommate Laura Pooley cheered her on. She was a school teacher and she'd come home from work and say, Blakely you know, everyone called me Blakely, Blakely you know you're gonna change the world. And she'd always fall back on my bed and say that, and I'd say I sell fax machines. And she'd say I know, but it's your destiny. And then just as Spanx was taking off, more tragedy. Laura died, hit by a car. There's always these monumental things that happen to me throughout the Spanx journey on the anniversary of her passing, and it just brings me so much comfort I feel like she's still sort of winking at me saying I'm watching you. And reminding her to look for the gift in everything and head for the horizon. People have million dollar and billion dollar ideas daily, and you have to trust your gut and go for it. And if you fail at it, that's great, I mean I wish I was there to high five you because it just means nudge, nudge, change something do something a little bit different. I mean every failure is definitely a gift and it just should not stop us in our tracks. And that is the sentence she leaves us with, even in failure there is a gift. Find the gift and believe in yourself. Thanks for watching and David Yer will be right here tomorrow night.

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