Alba definitely wants to instill a sense of confidence and competitiveness in her children.
"Recently, I told my oldest, who doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, 'It's OK to win a race; it doesn't mean you're bragging. Don't hold yourself back,'" she shares.
“I’m competitive. Being in acting, you [learn to] persevere," she also explains about her own success. "'You don’t think a woman of color can be a leading lady? Let me show you.' The constant rejection in acting prepares you for just about anything, but certainly for business. When people tell me something can’t be done, I see a challenge. Just because it hasn’t been done doesn’t mean it can’t be. I just have to figure it out.”
Not surprisingly, Alba doesn't let herself get fazed when it comes to setbacks. In 2015, the Honest Company was sued for being allegedly "deceptive" in their marketing, and last March the company was hit with another false advertising lawsuit. In a statement at the time, the Honest Company said that they "strongly stand by [their] products."
“[Dealing with lawsuits] was stressful, but it was a lesson, and it made us want to better convey our messaging," she says. "We are always looking for ways to be innovative, to learn and take it to the next level.”
“Nothing is easy," she also notes. "If it’s easy, you should worry. You have to fail a few times to find out what the best path forward is. It’s part of learning."