How a Stay-at-Home Mom “With No Experience” Built a $255M Business: Blowouts, Divorces, and the Messy Truth
The Mel Robbins Podcast with Alli Webb
Want to know what it really takes to launch, build, and sell a $255 million-dollar business in ten years flat? Do you have a good idea, but you think you “have no business being in business”?
In this new episode, Mel sits down with the founder of Drybar, Alli Webb, and takes you on a riveting tour of how a stay-at-home mom who had ‘no business being in business’ made $255 million in 10 years. You’ll hear the entire messy truth and all the hard-won advice, from the exciting start of her business to the disastrous ending of her second marriage.
Alli is a NYT bestselling author, badass businesswoman, co-founder of the iconic brand Drybar, and two other successful companies. Learn about the immense sacrifices she made in her relationships, the shaky financial situations she navigated, and the specific decisions she made as a businesswoman that accelerated the growth of this iconic brand.
In this conversation, you’ll learn:
Why your childhood dream job is probably the key to success
How your big idea is right in front of your face
Starting a business starts with you: your idea, your skill set, your purpose, and your gut instinct.
All amazing business ideas share this ONE thing.
Her parents' business advice for her: find a good man.
How to juggle kids while having a side hustle
Why starting a business with your spouse is a bad idea
Why she didn’t call off the wedding (and probably should have)
Why she jumped into her second marriage too soon
The HARSH dating advice Mel delivers to Alli
Why she trusted her business instincts but not in her relationships
How being a hairdresser prepared her to be a CEO
Why she’s sharing the messy truth now
The text she sent Mel at her lowest point
The part of the interview that she “wanted to cut"
Why she names the hairstyles at Drybar after drinks
Her take on imposter syndrome
How to face your fear of failure
How to say ‘f*** it’ and try something new
How to double your productivity and leverage your time
What passion is and why it’s so personal
What she learned from her mistakes
How a business owner is only as good as her team
What not to do when creating a blended family
How she lost herself in her last marriage
How she handles a “no” in business
And a big shoutout to Alli. It’s very easy to talk about your wins; Alli is giving you a huge gift by sharing her personal losses too.
You can get Alli’s book, ‘The Messy Truth: How I Sold My Business for Millions but Almost Lost Myself’, here: https://a.co/d/cuYHOGv
Follow Alli Webb:
Webpage: ALLI WEBB
Watch the episodes on YouTube: https://bit.ly/45OWCNr
My book! The High 5 Habit here: https://a.co/d/g1DQ8Pt
In this episode:
- 4:23: Ever felt lost in life and just trying to figure it out? Alli was there, too!
- 6:30: When you get that itch that your life is meant for something more.
- 9:08: Do you have a ton of ideas about what you should do?
- 12:45: Why Dry Bar never had mirrors.
- 13:45: How do you know when it’s time to grow your business?
- 15:40: Remember this when you tell yourself your current job doesn’t matter.
- 18:30: Pay attention to where there’s a need; you may be the one to fill it.
- 22:00: Not sure what your passion is? Here’s the question I would ask.
- 26:30: The crazy decision Alli made early on in her business.
- 29:20: Here’s why you don’t have to know everything up front.
- 33:40: Alli’s intuition about her marriage told her it was over.
- 39:45: It’s not unusual for women to feel shame after a divorce.
- 41:00: Have you ever ignored the warning signs in a relationship?
- 42:00: What Alli wishes had been different in her second marriage.
- 44:45: Alli’s advice for someone moving toward marriage.
- 46:30: My tough love girlfriend advice for Alli.
- 52:00: I want to applaud Alli for having the courage to show up today.
- 53:40: And here’s why I want to applaud you.
- 54:15: You will only learn what you need to learn when you do this.
- 55:00: Bloopers!
Resources and go deeper:
If you enjoyed this episode, check these out:
- Harvard Business Review: The 5 stages of small business growth
- Harvard Business Review: How to write a great business plan
- Forbes: The complete 35-step guide for entrepreneurs starting a business
- University of Southern California: How liking your job will help you succeed
- New York Times: Why following your passion is good for you (and how to start)
- Forbes: How to rekindle your childhood dreams when making a career change
- McMaster University: How to not lose yourself in a relationship
- American Psychological Association: How to have a healthy divorce
- National Library of Medicine: The impact of family structure on children
- Forbes: Blended but not broken stepfamilies
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