One of the many sales directors Jamie Taylor has lost since finishing her national area in Mary Kay is MaryLei Applegate. (If you don’t want to read the linked article, the summary is that since finishing the requirements for NSD on March 31, 2021, Jamie has lost 4 first line and 8 second line directors.)
Last month MaryLei posted the following on Facebook. I think it’s interesting to see in the mind of a sales director who is losing her unit. It’s interesting that she admits that in 4 years, she said “I missed my goal” over and over and over. She does admit what a toll that takes on you. And that’s part of the problem in MLM: It’s not a real business. It’s a pyramid scheme in which almost everyone fails. And yet they want you to believe that YOU are the problem.
An interesting comment from MaryLei: “What if people look at you and think the business is a sham and everyone walks away?“
The Mary Kay business is a sham. And everyone should walk away. Your hard work and repeated failure is evidence of that, and yet you (sadly) still internalize it and think it’s your fault. No, it’s the system’s fault. It’s a system designed to guarantee failure of most, while those at the top of the pyramid get rich.
Since this October post about missing production for the Equinox in September, Marylei has actually lost her unit and is now a consultant.
But she hasn’t updated Facebook. (I don’t blame her. The upline makes it very embarrassing when you “get demoted.”)