Mary Kay Ash, fully Mary Kathlyn Wagner Ash

Mary Kay
Ash, fully Mary Kathlyn Wagner Ash

American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

Author Quotes

The most important justification for being in business is service to others. Every new business must be built upon the premise, since wanting to make money or desiring to ?dabble? in a favorite pastime are not enough to sustain such a venture. The business must fulfill a need.

When you come to a road block, take a detour.

The most rewarding aspect of my life is to watch a woman come into our company like a tight little rosebud, sometimes too inhibited to even tell me who she is, and after six months of training, praise, and encouragement, and recognition by her recruiter and director friends ? she blossoms into a poised beautiful woman. All because someone helps her reach down within herself and bring forth her? talents and abilities.

When you use this rule ? every decision becomes a right decision. [On The Golden Rule]

The word enthusiasm has a Greek origin meaning ?God within.?

Whenever I meet someone, I try to imagine him wearing an invisible sign that says: Make Me Feel Important! I respond to this sing immediately, and it works wonders.

There are two things people want more than sex and money -- recognition and praise.

While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence - which, I believe, does make the woman.

There is a way; Up, Around, Over or Through.

While it is true that a teacher generally stands at the head of the class and does most of the talking, a good teacher also knows how to listen attentively. So does a good manager.

To me, P & L doesn?t only mean profit and loss ? it also means people and love.

While listening may be the most undervalued of all the communication skills, good people managers are likely to listen more than they speak. Perhaps that?s why God gave us two ears and only one mouth.

True leaders establish success patterns that make everyone think success.

Women can no more duplicate the male style of management than American businessmen can exactly reproduce the Japanese style. This is not to suggest that Americans and Japanese cannot learn from one another ? they can and do.

Truly inspirational statesmanship moves citizens to put aside their self-interest.

Women want to earn what they are worth, and in most professions, they aren?t allowed to do that.

Unlike many people who start a new business, money was not my prime motivation ? not that I was so well off that it wasn?t a consideration, in fact, I had put my lifetime savings on the line. The business had to succeed or I would never have another opportunity to start my own business.

You can do it!

We all did whatever needed to be done. I sold, taught other women, conducted sales meetings, and emptied wastebaskets.

You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.

We are meant to use and increase whatever God has given us. And when we do, we shall be given more.

You can?t stand still. You either go forward or backward.

We don?t sell ? we teach.

You must develop the ability to know the difference between a real problem and an imaginary one.

We don?t want the guests to think its all fun and games? although it is fun, of course.

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Mary Kay
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American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics