Written by Raisinberry
A while back on Pink Truth we discussed an older director who shared her discomfort with having worked for Mary Kay for over 25 years, trying to build to NSD and never getting there . She was representing a group of seasoned Directors (many who taught our classes at Seminar!) who felt that as Executive Seniors, they had contributed greatly to MK’s bottom line, and would never get to NSD fast enough to be assured a retirement.
They suggested a commission raise or something equivalent so they could start some kind of retirement program. This “i-story” hit me hard. First, that a woman who has given this much time and effort into Mary Kay’s growth would find herself out in the cold come retirement age, and secondly, that a woman who had over 25 Years with Mary Kay was dealing with having built nothing of substance.
She awakens after 25 years to discover, there is no foundation to her empire, no security and no resources. She hadn’t made enough to put a nest egg away? Or had she borrowed from the nest egg to “stretch” for that next goal?
Pink Truth has also done commission comparisons for Cadillac and Premier Club Directors. There it is, out there for all to see, the truth that no one wants any consultants to see. After telling your consultants and guests your “highest Mary Kay Check” (to create the illusion that you consistently earned that amount ), how can you go back and reveal the reality? All throughout this business there is the projection of success, while underneath the surface, there is the reality of “failure”- or maybe the reality of the reality.
As we struggle and work and plan and prepare… follow up and follow through, no matter how great you are at sales, booking, recruiting, there is a variable that you have no control over. Other people.
“If it’s to be it’s up to me” is one of the greatest cons this company presents to us, because without a doubt, from day one to the day of awakening, you are feverishly building something that other people can destroy.
At this stage of the game, nothing you have done for yourself or this company will be foundational. There are no building blocks in place, no security exists. You have to outrun a myriad of destroyers and chase the “dream” tirelessly or you will be swallowed by various types of attrition. That’s why “fast is best”. But even arriving at NSD isn’t the end of the rainbow. You have to hold your area together or watch your averaged commission retirement dwindle.
Can you even imagine the terror that some NSD’s are experiencing right now, as they see their income plummeting and the company is making new requirements for rewards that were previously “guaranteed” at the NSD level?
The push is on to get new “offsprings” to replace those whose resources (mind, spirit and bank account) have been exhausted. In case you are one of those readers who thinks we all really could have done more, and you believe in “if it is to be it’s up to me”, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it up to you if your class didn’t hold?
- Is it up to you if your hostess has an allergic reaction?
- Is it up to you if your guest isn’t home when you go to pick her up?
- Is it up to you when 5 other Mk consultants book the same craft fair?
- Is it up to you when your recruit turns out to be uncredit worthy?
- Is it up to you if your team doesn’t order enough to stay on target?
- Is it up to you if you unit members fail to get guests?
- Is it up to you if her husband refuses the product delivery?
- Is it up to you if your warm chatters gave you a pizza company phone number?
- Is it up to you if your Unit member returns merchandise for repurchase?
- Is it up to you when you get bogus entries in your free facial contest?
- Is it up to you to attend Leadership, Seminar, retreats and “advances” to curtail debt or will you pay a social price for thinking independently?
Sure we all have the scripts and training to attempt to minimize these obstacles, but the facts are there are variables to success because we are always working with other people. The MK line is of course, just do more!
If 30 of us all call for appointments tonight will all of us get the same results? If we all hold 8 interviews this week, will we all have 2 recruits?
The answer is no. And it wouldn’t really make any difference in the long run, because the reality is that as many as are signed, are as many as leave, and the churning of consultants is an endless stream. You will always find yourself back at an earlier point in your career as the bottom falls out beneath you, once again.
Directors move women up the career path, only to have them resign and return back into the Unit, or leave altogether. The Unit swells and then recedes. “If it is to be, its up to me” is a hollow chant when your positioning for NSD crumbles away from you in exhausted, broke and indebt offspring.
This chant is designed to make sure you never consider that maybe Mary Kay Inc. and your upline are the only ones who thrive off this pyramidal structure.
If you think it’s up to you, you will never realize how much of a “no-win” that really is. You are the one who must chase the wind without any security from Mary Kay as to whether your contribution to their growth will be rewarded. Do not underestimate the power of these words. These are the words that kept you in, repeating stupid behavior because you believed that you alone had to “make it happen” when all the while you were at the mercy of a pyramid sales ploy.
It became humiliating to depend on others… begging for guests, sales and interviews and recruits, and we all ended up doing what any self respecting woman would do. If it is to be, it’s up to me… became the rationalization for “buying” whatever goal was critical at the time… with your own resources! Isn’t that the Mary Kay way?! And that decision was always rewarded. You got your applause and no one ever asked for the details. You “found a way”.
Please think about this. Because you have to see how outnumbered you are. You are at the mercy of hostesses, guests, and customers, who will disappoint, while you are at the same time being groomed to believe you are the one who “makes it happen”.
Above you is a woman who has encouraged every manner of activity she needs, from you, to get what she wants. Below you are customers, who being freely able to decline your requests, can leave you squished in the middle between disappointing your upline or disappointing yourself.
Sadly, we have lost much of our “deserve level” simply by associating with Mary Kay. How can we “deserve” success when we doubt our own integrity. And what’s worse, when we see someone in our own unit respond in like manner, we recognize that she is our next “offspring”. She has the “constitution” to buy in to the whole Mary Kay system of manipulation and financial abuse… and like it.
No matter if you have 1 year in or 25, you are in a system that wishes to extract wholesale dollars from any cash on hand availability you have, and convince you that everyone above you is so happy and successful, you would be foolish not to embrace it.
As veteran Executive Senior Directors will attest, the end of the rainbow produces broken dreams and silent knowing that all the “working your business” in the world will not “make it be.” If you are ethical, you will lose. If you are cutthroat, you may win, if you are a good actress and only to find yourself in an endless churning of activity that will never build a thing of substance… because the bottom, like the heart of this company, is rotting away.
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