When you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life.
My Crazy Journey
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
I started my Mary Kay business like so many others, NERVOUS yet EXCITED! As an at-home Mom of 4 children (who were 1, 3, 6, and 7 at the time!), I had forgotten I knew how to do anything more than cook and clean. I was truly yearning for something MORE. I knew there was a greater life in store for me, but I didn't know where I would find it. I began searching for something I could do alongside our family and activities that would allow me to use my college degree in Journalism/Public Relations while also keeping the flexibility and freedom I loved as a stay-at-home mother. But it seemed that everywhere I looked, the doors closed.
About that time, a woman at church asked suggested I listen to the Fun Facts about Mary Kay, and I politely tried to blow her off, reminding her that I have a college degree and could get a "real job" if I wanted one. She understood but asked if I would just listen so I would know what I was saying "no" to. That seemed reasonable so I indulged her a few minutes and a cup of coffee, fully intending to say "no."
The crazy thing is that I liked what the Company stands for (Golden Rule Service, and putting God first, family second, and business third) and, although I couldn't really imagine it could be a 'real business,' I could get excited about sharing the products with a few friends so I could get the products I wanted for free.
So, on a bit of a whim, I said 'yes' to Mary Kay, and haven't looked back!
What I have found is that I do not 'sell Mary Kay.' The product sells itself! All I do is offer women the opportunity to be pampered and enjoy a few minutes to do something nice for themselves and/or with a few girlfriends, and help meet a real need in their lives (everyone needs something with which to wash her face!).
Being a part of Mary Kay has allowed me the flexibility and freedom I wanted, all while earning a corporate income, earning the use of free career cars, and enjoying trips and beautiful jewelry, compliments of Mary Kay. It has been a dream come true for my family and me.
Problem was, originally I didn't know a thing about makeup or skincare and I didn't know but just a couple of people I could sell to. But, after joining Mary Kay, I found out that Mary Kay teaches you everything you need to know! And anyone that is teachable and coachable can also learn the simple steps to be a success.
I had just read a book that year titled, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and it changed my thinking. I wanted a bigger life than the life I had, and the book's author says the world's most successful people become wealthy one of three ways:
Owning a home based business.
Owning a small business.
Owning real estate.
Wealthy folks DO NOT work a 9-5 for others to make others' businesses rich. Don't get me wrong, I know being wealthy doesn't buy happiness, but having extra money gives you choices and with choices comes the freedom to impact the lives of your family and the world around you.
So I followed the advice of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad book and decided to take a chance. Buying real estate or opening my own business was out of the question because of the capital needed, but I could afford to open a home based business! So, I opened a home based business with Mary Kay. I joined nervous, scared, short on time and knowing a few people. But, I joined with a dream. A dream that I could change my life and ultimately impact the lives of others.
I had heard there were more women earning over $100k/year in Mary Kay that in any other company in America and I met several who claimed to make $10k a month, $20k a month, $60k a month and that gave me hope. I also knew that 3 million people sell Mary Kay, and 3 million people don't get involved in something that's a scam.
I was also impressed by the number of professional women who had quit their full-time careers to pursue Mary Kay full-time. Many explained that they found Mary Kay to be the best Plan B available, and in today's tumultuous economy, all women need a Plan B!
Mary Kay can be an excellent source of income when you need it to be. If you need to make an extra $1000, $2000, $3000 this month, it is VERY possible and realistic and you can fit it in between your kids, your job and your busy schedule.
And did you know that Mary Kay awards over 300 free cars every month and 75% of those cars go to women who are also working full-time jobs?
Our unit is made up of women from all over the nation, and I am so proud of the women with whom I share this journey! We are busy professionals, nurses, stay-at-home moms, servers, doctors, small business owners, nannies, real estate agents, teachers, successful entrepreneurs, grandmas and college students. There is no cookie cutter for a successful Mary Kay consultant. Any woman with determination and faith can be a success.
So where am I now? Do I make enough money? I do. I make more than I ever did when I worked in my career field. My Mary Kay team grew to over 30 consultants in less than 6 months, which made me a Director, placing me in the top 2% of the company. Our team has achieved the Unit Circles of Achievement, earned 8 MK career cars, and I have personally sold almost $700,000 of MK products! And my personal sales are only 1 of 5 streams of income available in Mary Kay!
Mary Kay has been a blessing in my life in so many ways. I've met so many wonderful friends, that I never would have crossed paths with had it not been for Mary Kay. Mary Kay has made me a more confident person, a more positive thinker and has taught me how to successfully manage and run my own business. It has been better than any self-improvement, entrepreneurship or leadership course I could have ever taken in college.
Today, I don't have a BOSS! I set my own hours and work my business around my life. I wake up when I want, I go on vacations when I want, and I spend time with my husband, children and others I love. Don't get me wrong, I still work hard, but it's on my own terms. I feel blessed to be able to share with other women that YOU TRULY CAN HAVE IT ALL: You can be home, you can be a wonderful mother, an amazing wife and you can run your own lucrative business. And, if you'd like to hire a little help around the house, you can because with a Mary Kay business, you can afford it.
Maybe you are reading this and thinking that you want to help others, learn how to be an entrepreneur, make more friends or overcome your shyness. Or maybe you need to make an extra $200 a week. Perhaps you have a desire to make millions so you can give back to others. Mary Kay can be the answer to your prayers.
Have you ever had a "wrinkle in time?" I have, and my life and MK journey haven't always been easy. My life today is a result of determination. A few years ago, after our 10th move as a family (my 3rd since starting my MK business), a car accident that wrecked our Pink Cadillac and (for a time) my body, a series of losses-- both personal and professional -- I found myself struggling from the pit of depression. Except for my immediate family, no one really new what I was going through, and I hid it all as best as I could. But it was the love and support of this incredible company, its mission, and my commitment to making a difference in the lives of others using the vehicle of Mary Kay, that helped me heal and get back on track in life. I am so thankful that my family, consultants, customers and business gave me a reason to continue to get out of bed each day and work to get healthy again.
I am extremely motivated by the thought that my hard work and story can encourage and benefit others. In addition, I am so passionate about mentoring women from all walks of life to live their best lives NOW, and Mary Kay happens to be the perfect vehicle for that.
Truly, it doesn't matter where you start in this wonderful life, it matters where you finish. Life is not a dress rehearsal. You have one shot to live your dream life. What are you waiting for? Let your story be your motivation for a better life, not your excuse.
What's your dream? I can't wait to hear from you!
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