Building a Billion-Dollar Business Empire with Jessica Alba

Focusing on safety and performance, Jessica Alba set out to discover and distribute products that were not only safe for her new baby but also environmentally friendly.

The Honest Company’s origins are now tech-world legend. When Alba was pregnant with her first daughter, Honor, now seven—husband and father is Cash Warren, a Yale graduate and a producer and tech investor—her friends threw a baby shower and she received a closetful of new baby clothes. When she washed her unborn baby’s onesies with a detergent her mother had recommended and broke out in hives, she was hysterical. “I was thinking, what if my baby has a reaction and I don’t know? What if her throat is closing? I had all this fear and anxiety because I was always so sick as a child.” That night she Googled every ingredient and discovered that some toxins can be labeled as “fragrance.” Her mission was clear: “I wanted safe and effective consumer products that were beautifully designed, accessibly priced, and easy to get.”

1. Anything that you want, you can achieve
She has won various awards for her acting, including a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.

2. Be driven by resistance
She co-founded The Honest Company, a consumer goods company that sells non-toxic household products, and owns between 15-20 percent of the company.

3. Treat people the way you want to be treated
She rose to prominence as the lead actress in the James Cameron television series Dark Angel (2000–2002) when she was 19 years old.

4. Use feedback to improve your products
She has been called a sex symbol, and was nominated number one on AskMen.com’s list of “99 Most Desirable Women” in 2006, and “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM in 2007.

5. Create products you’re proud of
During childhood, she suffered from partially collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia four to five times a year, as well a ruptured appendix and a tonsillar cyst.

6. Encourage others to be creative
Her father is Mexican, her mother is of French and Danish descent.

7. Hustle
She won an acting competition held in Beverly Hills when she was only 11 years old.

8. Know your weaknesses
Jessica is 5 feet 6.5 inches (1.69 metres) tall.

9. Don’t be defined by your mistakes
She’s one smart girl – she graduated from high school at age 16.

10. There is always a way to do it better
In 2013, Alba released her first book called The Honest Life which is based on her experiences creating a natural, non-toxic life for her family.

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