Blythe's Story

Overcoming Obstacles

 

A CONVERSATION WITH BLYTHE HARRIS

Chief Creative Officer, Stella & Dot

At the age of 22, Blythe was hit by an eighteen-wheeler and dragged down a San Francisco street. She spent years in rehabilitation and was told she may never walk again or have children. Driven to prove the doctors wrong, Blythe’s extraordinary journey led to a recovery against all odds. She is now the Chief Creative Officer of Stella & Dot and the mother of two small children.

What makes you ordinary?
Like any working mom I struggle to find the balance between work and family.

What makes you extraordinary?
I don't take no for an answer. I have always had an inner belief that I could do anything I put my mind to.

What obstacles did you find in your path?
I was in a terrible accident when I was 22 that forced me to redefine who I was and what I was made of. I was told that I would never walk or do any of the things I loved to do again and I had to accept that as a baseline and then build from there.

 

 

Which ‘P’ did you use to create the Extra to your ordinary?
Perseverance.

What did you learn?
I learned that every obstacle is an opportunity for growth.

How do you pass it on?
I try to use this both in managing people as well as in parenting. Every setback or mistake has a gift in it somewhere.

Guiltless pleasure:
I have a major sweet tooth. Ice cream is a food group in the Harris household.

 

 

Read more of Blythe’s story in Find Your Extraordinary