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Modeling her creations herself, she persuaded Neiman Marcus to carry Spanx. Bloomingdale's, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman followed.
In March of 2012, Sara Blakely was named the world's youngest self-made female billionaire by Forbes Magazine and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
"Every person in their life has had a million-dollar idea," Sara says. "The biggest difference between a successful idea and a failure is whether or not you get out and take action."
Connecting with the world becomes a lifelong mental workout that keeps our minds resourceful, flexible, and ready for whatever life throws our way.
Since its inception in 2006, the Sara Blakely Foundation has donated millions to charities around the world, focusing on those that empower underserved women and girls.
A Life Enriched with Learning
At 52, Parisian auto mechanic Laurent decided to pursue a college degree in astronomy, a subject that had always fascinated him. While juggling a full-time job and family responsibilities, he embarked on a journey of learning. His determination to understand the cosmos led to late-night study sessions, stargazing, and engaging with experts in the field. Laurent’s passion and newfound knowledge of astronomy not only earned him a degree but also transformed his perspective on life. He exemplifies that age is no barrier to connecting with the world for the joy of learning.

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