The Price of Success in Mary Kay

This comes from Mary Kay national sales director’s site. Yes, success has a price. But in Mary Kay, you are expected to try to get to the top at any cost.

And almost no one gets there, as you can see from the fact that there are a couple hundred national sales directors and 14,000 sales directors (who have a virtual revolving door, so probably something on the order of 1/3 to 1/2 are replaced each year, making the number of those who don’t make it to nsd much higher each year).

Too bad when instilling this dream of “success” that they don’t tell you that you have almost no chance of actually getting to the top, and that if you want to get there, you’ll have to sacrifice all of your integrity.

The Price of Success

You’ve probably heard that you must pay a price for success. While hard work and sacrifice are necessary, Mary Kay always believed that there was a way to balance the two — and maintaining balance was the true meaning of success. It’s not how much money you have or how many awards you’ve won — it’s how good you feel about yourself, your family and your place in the world. If you can come home at the end of the day and feel good about what you’ve done, that’s success. So how do we get there? You can start by keeping things in check.

1. Having It All Means Being Creative. Let’s face it — a woman can’t be in more than one place at a time. So how can she be there for her kids and continue to work? Be a positive influence even when you’re not there. A note tucked inside a lunch, being present for important events and passing on a healthy self-esteem can be very positive and powerful relationship- building tools. Find ways to make a difference even when you’re not there.

2. The Big Trade-Off. If your career is on the rise, and you decide you want to start a family, you may have to compromise a bit in both directions. Do you give up your career to be a stayat-home mom? Or do you spend less time with your family because your career allows you to provide them with financial security, stability and independence. When the time comes, you have to decide what’s most important to you and prioritize you life to fit your goals.

3. Tick-Tock Biological Clock. Before embarking on a wonderful career and taking the path toward success, think about having children. If now isn’t the time for you, then proceed full steam ahead! But if you want children, consider your timeframe before getting yourself in a situation where your career could overshadow your desire to be a mom.

4. Prioritize, Please. Remember not to work so much that you neglect your children and family. We have to raise our children and enjoy the friendship we have with our husbands — that’s what family is all about. And working too many hours can rob your life of the joys of family if you’re not careful. What good is a successful career if you sacrifice your relationships in the process? Balance is essential for professional women. We all want to spend quality time with our children, family and friends while we climb the ladder of success in our careers.

That’s why the Mary Kay definition of success puts God first, family second and career third. It can work. You can have it all! Mary Kay wisdom taken from Mary Kay: You Can Have It All by Mary Kay Ash.

This is all lip service. In Mary Kay, if you want to try to get to “the top,” it’s all Mary Kay all the time. Your family just has to wait for you!

One Comment

  1. wasrings90

    “consider your timeframe before getting yourself in a situation where your career could overshadow your desire to be a mom”

    So many red flags in this statement alone.

    I’m one of those of people who work because I have to, but I will admit I have never ever been a career driven person. I just want to work at a job, that I enjoy doing and be able to have some financial freedom to buy books, travel, go out to eat. I want to enjoy life, not be stuck in a building with work all the time.

    I also don’t have children, there are many reasons for this, but my career ambitions were never ever a reason.

    It seems even tho Mary Kay felt women should be career driven she also held the expectations that all women should have children also…. Maybe just because it was a 50% it would be a girl and would also sell the crappy make up.

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