Jessica Alba shares the secret behind her success

By Stephanie Nuzzo August 24, 2017
Jessica Alba

And no, we’re not talking about acting. 

Mother-of-two, (soon to be three) actress and business owner, Jessica Alba is one of America’s richest entrepreneurs under the age of 40. The 36-year-old California local is currently worth $340 million, not only because of her work in Hollywood, but due to the success of her beauty and lifestyle brand The Honest Company

The Mechanic: Resurrection star recently spoke with Teen Vogue about launching her company and shared some tips for those looking to dive into the business pool:

“You think the hardest part is actually getting your company started and, you know, turning the lights on and the website going live,” she told the mag. 

“You think the hurdle is launching the business… the hurdle is staying in business and hiring the right people and retaining the right people and keeping everyone aligned in your vision. And every time you overcome a challenge you think, ‘oh my gosh, thank God that’s over, we’re in the clear!’ you have an even bigger challenge that you’re going to face. What’s good about that is getting through the challenge prepares you for the next one.”

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Alba then went to explain that while she knew she was onto something with her idea to launch a personal care/lifestyle/beauty brand “without harming people or the planet”, many wouldn’t take her seriously because of her history in show biz.

“I didn’t have a background in business. So, people were like, ‘what? You’re some actress. You wanna get into business? What are you talking about?’ That was like, three years of people literally slamming doors in my face and trying to take this idea and turn it into something they wanted me to do,” she shared. 

Jessica Alba and daughters

Then when asked by Teen Vogue’s Digital Beauty Editor, Emily Gaynor, what advice Alba has for people hoping to launch their own businesses, she was upfront about the amount of work it takes to be seriously successful:

“If you’re frustrated or overwhelmed, you’re probably doing the right thing. If it’s hard, then you’re probably doing the right thing. If it feels impossible, then you’re probably doing the right thing. If anything is too easy, I would be a little weary of it. 

“I have found that the most satisfying things in my life are the things I’ve had to put a lot of work into.”

“It’s not easy. You have to hustle. You have to stay on your toes. There’s no nine-to-five. I work seven days a week. You gotta have grit and you have to tackle every problem with innovation.” 

That, my friends, is the recipe for becoming an affluent ($340M-worth) business-owner. 

Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Honest Company