Debunking Mary Kay Propaganda

Written by Fortunate Son

I spent ten years in the presence of all that nauseating pink optimism as the son of a former director. If you left Mary Kay, chances are that you are now seen as a quitter and a failure. It doesn’t matter how hard you worked or how carefully you followed the instructions they gave you, if you left then you must be a loser. I want to tell you the truth about some of these things the ladies in pink will way about your failure in Mary Kay.

1. You didn’t want it enough.

Yes, it’s all so simple! Environmental factors, infrastructure and resources be damned, the critical factor in achieving a goal is simply WANTING it to happen. If this were the case, then right now I’d be engaged to the hottest move start and I”d be autographing copies of my first Pulitzer-winning novel. Gosh, I bet that we could have peace in the Middle East tomorrow if we just wanted it enough.

The reason this lie is so persuasive is because “wanting” is an abstract concept that can’t be quantified; if you can’t count it, then it must not be there, which means you should want it even more! If a four-star General told his troops that they could win the entire war if they just “wanted it enough,” rather than laying out a viable, comprehensive strategy for success, you can bet that General’s next assignment would be emptying wastebaskets at the Pentagon.

It’s okay to want things. This is what having goals is all about. However, your desire is the gas that fuels the engine. It is not the engine itself.

2. You didn’t believe enough.

Out of all the lines of manipulative malarkey foisted upon you by greedy directors, I think this one is my favorite. I’ve been told that Mary Kay’s business plan is allegedly based on God’s Holy Book, even though I’ve failed to find any passages along the lines of “Blessed art those who meet production” or “…and Mary summoned the village women for a skin care class.”

Suffice to say, questioning the Mary Kay business model is tantamount to defying a higher power, so not only are you a lousy consultant, you’re a heathenistic traitor to your faith, especially if you’re reading this satanic website. We don’t even have to go into the deeper theological implications of this, because it’s easy enough to see that this is pure emotional blackmail, and it’s also a crock of you-know-what. Unfortunately, the degree of someone’s piety can sometimes override their logic and sound judgment. As the late, great comedian Bill Hicks once said, beware of anyone who begins a sentence with “What God REALLY meant to say was…”

3. You didn’t work hard enough.

Fine. But wait, was the work worth doing? Or was it a task that could never be completed, such as an exhausting battle to push a large boulder to the top of a steep, slippery hill only to watch it roll down the other side and start over again? Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results.”

I wonder what he would have thought about budget-crushing monthly orders, backed-up inventory, friends who ignore his phone calls because they’re sick of being sales-pitched, and constantly being reminded how he’s the luckiest person in the world for having the privilege to do all this. Maybe that’s why he stuck with science.

4. Your “deserve level” wasn’t high enough.

What the hell is a “deserve level?” What a disappointment it must be to fail to meet the arbitrary standards of some make-believe word. Come talk to me after you raise your “understandability level” a few more points, mmmkay?
5. You let your emotions run your business.

If there’s any indication as to the degree of contempt that your superiors hold for you, it’s this one. Let’s extrapolate this logic, shall we? Machines, robots and computers have no emotions. They don’t earn money, either. They are used as tools to help other people make money. Do you see where I’m going with this? Basically, an ideal candidate should be an emotionally-null cash register who’s willing to make decisions, complete transactions and act without hesitation, as this will help ensure a fat monthly check for the person behind the register. You shouldn’t feel apprehension over undertaking risky financial investments, you shouldn’t feel remorse or compunction about lying to your husband about those additional credit card bills in the mailbox, and you shouldn’t feel frustrated or disappointed when people don’t want to pay 20 hard-earned bucks for a bar of soap.

Emotions are part of being a human being, and they’re part of our decision making process. This is basic psychology – If a decision makes you feel uncomfortable, then you should rigorously analyze the potential costs and benefits, factor in logic and reasoning, and make an informed decision that you’re comfortable with. In the time it took you to read that last sentence, you could have charged another $1,800 worth of product to a high-interest credit card and made your director very happy. Aren’t you glad you stopped to think and use your emotions?

14 Comments

  1. PinkyTuskMascara

    I’d like to hear more about growing up in a household with a MK Consultant for 10 years. Please let us know what impacts, positive and negative that it left on you. It’s a perspective we don’t hear much on here. Please consider writing another front page.

  2. cindylu

    I wasn’t in MK very long but many years later my children hate the words MK anything. For many years I disliked anything MK. This Pink Nightmare has wasted decades of women’s time and based most of what it says on lies. Families have been ruined. Marriages have ended thanks to the financial and psychological abuse of many directors. Also when we come out of the pink fog the PTSD from this cult can be intense. All those wasted hours doing facials, open houses, those ridiculous brain washing meetings and the danger of going into the homes of strangers. Meanwhile the company itself does NOT care one iota about the women selling this crap. They constantly change the products and offer absolutely NO where for consultants to advertise. All of this is a con and mlm. It definitely is not duel marketing or about family. They want blind faith and use cheap awards to deceive women into buying inferior products. Products that hundreds of women know to avoid because those stupid parties and classes are a fraud.

  3. AlwaysQuestioning

    Interesting thing about emotions is that they are useful when it’s time to sign the consulting agreement or charge that $1800 on a card. But to use emotions as a guide, to help you make better choices, yeah. They don’t like that.

  4. Still Breaking The Basic

    Don’t forget deserve level’s BFF: abundance mentality. You failed because you let scarcity abundance run your business. You were selfish because you didn’t share the wonderful opportunity with other sharp women.

    1. MLM Radar

      Translated: You were selfish towards your Director because you wanted to keep all the profits from your customers to yourself.

      Worse, you were selfish to your Director because you chose to not exploit your customer base by persuading them to make big inventory purchases that would pay your Director 13% plus bonuses while you got 4%.

      1. Char

        Yep. A consultant customer’s customer, who pays double retail for a product the consultant already bought, does not benefit the company or upline at all – as far as profit goes.

        Think about it. For any product resold, that profit goes into the consultant’s pocket. It is an illusion that the company and upline want you to “sell”, rather resell, product for yourself.

        Double retail customers buy dribs and drabs, especially at double at what they can buy it for. Think eBay or just sign up. However, consultants with a perceived vested interest “in the business” are more inclined to place larger orders and be loyal.

        Don’t believe me? Consultants should ask themselves what the focus is on from corporate, and what they are taught? How to recruit, or how to sell? What does “build your business” actually mean? Are your “double retail” customers always potential recruits? Are you more jazzed when you sign someone up as a recuit?

        Mary Kay is a product based pyramid scheme like all MLM-ing companies. It’s all about recruiting. It’s a no brainer when you break down the model and remove the propaganda.

        1. Still Breaking The Basic

          There are 49,000+ Mary Kay products on eBay right now. That’s a lot of items from a company that insists “the product sells itself”.

          More proof that consultants are taught to recruit and frontload.

  5. Lazy Gardens

    “You let your emotions run your business.”

    Aren’t those I-Stories supposed to generate emotion? Isn’T seminar full of weeping, shrieking emotion?

    OH .. emotion that gets them into your waller is good!

    1. Char

      The bishop’s wife is a national pyramid schemer. Sure makes me wonder about Team Bishop and finances within the church. I’d be calling for an official inquiry.

      The Arian Grande incident just adds fuel to the shyster scumbag fire.

      1. Lazy Gardens

        “Sure makes me wonder about Team Bishop and finances within the church. I’d be calling for an official inquiry.”

        Ellis is the son of the founder. There will be no inquiry.

    2. BestDecision

      Her face was everything. How gross! You can actually see his fingers rolling over her skin like he was pressing into her for a feel. Oh, but she’s a “MAGIC” Director.

      How much product did you ladies sell that drove your Cadillacs all the way there to be in the lineup? Enough to finish your Star legitly?

      Right.

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