BE THE CEO YOUR PARENTS ALWAYS WANTED YOU TO MARRY-SPANX FOUNDER, SARA BLAKELY TELLS SINGLE WOMEN
The holiday is just a few days away and many Nigerians will be travelling home to see family and friends. During this period, single women who are of age are often asked the big question about marriage.
While this constant question can be annoying, the founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely has an advice for women in this position.
The self-made billionaire, who got married at 37, said she was also pressured to get married for almost 2 decades of her life.
Read her note below:
Be the CEO your parents always wanted you to marry! As you head home for the holidays this week… a lot of you will be asked THAT question, you know, the one you hear every year, (the one I heard for almost two decades): “SO, when are you getting married?” Cue the blank stares and awkward silences. ?There has always been a huge amount of pressure, especially on women, to get married… and to marry someone successful.
I didn’t get married until I was 37. I remember going out to eat alone A LOT in my 20s and 30s and getting looks from people who felt sorry for me. Well-meaning women used to say to me, “it’s ok honey… you’ll meet a nice man someday…” It was rare that anyone ever encouraged me to stand on my own two feet and to have dreams for myself.
I saw the limited options my mother and grandmothers had and it fueled my fire to be the CEO of my own life instead of searching for a husband. I eventually did get married to the best hubby @jesseitzler, but it was after I started @Spanx, built a global brand and became a CEO.
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