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

Recognition was as vital to me as money.

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.

Return telephone calls promptly but be judicious about the time spent on the phone.

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.

So many women just don?t know how really great they are. They come to us all vogue on the outside

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.

Some of the most successful people managers are also the best listeners.

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.

Some people drift through their entire lives. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. The months run into years and span a life. It happens so gradually that they are unaware of how their lives are slipping by them until it's too late.

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.

Some people? are so caught up in themselves that they fail to realize that the other person wants to feel important too.

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.

Stress stifles productivity.

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!

Success in many cases is failure turned inside out.

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.

Over the years, I?ve observed that nearly all high achievers know how to make good use of those 1,440 minutes in each day. In contrast, other people seem to do things in slow motion.

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Mary Kay
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Ash, fully Mary Kathlyn Wagner Ash
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American Businesswoman, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics