“Remember, if you do the things you ought to do when you ought to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them. … Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”
-Mary Kay Ash
I love stories that can engage our hearts and our souls! One of the reasons I became a Mary Kay Consultant is because I think Mary Kay Ash’s story is remarkable and empowering to others – woman and men alike. Mary Kay’s success is a wonderful example of the importance of making a plan, taking action and being consistently focused on achieving the goal. Today I’d like to share something about Mary Kay Ash taken from The Mary Kay Way. Enjoy.
“Sitting at her kitchen table, Mary Kay made two lists on a yellow legal pad. One list contained the good things she had seen in companies. The other featured things she thought could be improved. When she reviewed the lists, she realized she had created a marketing plan for a dream company.
In 1963, Mary Kay put her plan into action. With her past experience, the plan and $5,000 in savings, Mary Kay Ash enlisted the help of her 20-year-old son, Richard, and created Beauty by Mary Kay. It was a first – a company dedicated to making life more beautiful for women. It was founded not on the competitive rule, but on the Golden Rule, on praising people to success and on the principle of placing faith first, family second and career third. It was a company – as Mary Kay Ash would say – “with heart.”
With steadfast commitment to these principles and her tremendous determination, dedication and hard work, Mary Kay nurtured her dream from a small direct sales company to one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the United States. Fortune magazine recognized the company as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America and also named Mary Kay Inc. one of the 10 best companies for women.
Today, Mary Kay’s initial goal – providing women an unlimited opportunity for personal and financial success – still drives the Company to even greater heights. The vision, the courage and the unwavering spirit of Mary Kay Ash continue to help women achieve their potential and bring their dreams to life. With 1.8 million Independent Beauty Consultants in more than 30 markets worldwide, the Company continues to be one of the greatest success stories in business. And through it, the legacy of Mary Kay Ash continues to inspire, enrich and empower women around the globe to believe that they can do great things.”
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