Hello SOTGC community,
Entrepreneurism is not for the faint at heart or emotionally unstable -though some may call us crazy or overly risky because we challenge the very core of their comfort zone. It takes a deep sense of purpose & passion, an unwavering belief that what we are setting out to do WILL succeed – even if preceded by multiple failures or missteps along the way. It takes thick skin to know my failures don’t define and absolutely will NOT stop me. They simply are an opportunity to seek greater wisdom and do it better in my next attempt. It’s a built in humility control button. The people in this world we see as “wildly successful entrepreneurs” whom have become famous for their business savvy, technical genius or creative ingenuity didn’t all become instantly known across the globe on their first venture – but we rarely hear about their failures unless we read their autobiographies or see an interview with them on A&E or Oprah.
We don’t always need to re-invent the wheel or go it alone to be great. Most likely someone has already gone before us and built a successful model we can apply to our own venture but with a unique enough difference and level of excellence that will set us apart from everyone else. Check out Loral Langmeier’s approach in her book “The Millionaire Maker”.
Making the move from developing portions of someone else’s dream to launching my own was certainly less seamless than I at first imagined. I had some more personal growth to manage and learned to name my weaknesses so that I could turn them into strengths. I decided that I didn’t want to have to hire legal counsel and develop my own bylaws. I wanted to be an independent contractor with the ability to build my own legacy & have unlimited global reach and earning power through the mentorship of someone who had successfully gone before me. I didn’t need to start from scratch. I needed a mentor (or three) and I turned to a role model. I chose to associate with a long established, globally successful company that shared my value system of God first, family second and career third and operates strictly from the basis of the Golden Rule. I chose Mary Kay Ash, the woman, as my role model and her company, Mary Kay Cosmetics, as my independent business venture.
Seriously? Mary Kay Cosmetics? Isn’t this a fluffy world of old women with cotton candy hair, little pink jars and big pink cars?
Nope! It’s a world of women with cutting edge vision, passion and purpose. It’s a world of no territories, consumable prestige products and generous, courage building mentors. Mary Kay is the #1 skin care and color cosmetics company in the US and top 10 in the world – that’s right, above every other name you know. Our products are developed by a team of top notch research scientists and dermatologists, manufactured right here in the US (Dallas, TX) and backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It’s a business that has a 90% customer retention ratio and greater consumer loyalty than McDonald’s. It’s a company with a business model so successful and effective it is taught in the business and entrepreneurial programs in Ivy League Universities (of which many of our sales force members attended.) It’s a Fortune 100 Company and one of the top companies in the world for women to work. Mary Kay has produced more millionaires than any other company in the world – in the US Alone, 2% of women who work are millionaires & 80% of that 2% are part of Mary Kay Cosmetics. What would an extra comma in your annual income change for you or your family? This organization has a global reach with an independent sales force positively affecting generations. Why not Mary Kay Cosmetics?
Mary Kay Ash – The Woman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06mB7u7ghHA&list=PL2B7C79FAEA6FD475&index=4
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