Who is Mary Kay Ash?

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash was a real person and an amazing female entrepreneur way ahead of her time. In fact she was named one of the ‘greatest female entrepreneurs in American history’.

When I look at her picture I see beauty, strengths, wisdom and love.

Her mission: ‘Enriching women’s lives’

Her Philosophy: ‘God first, family second, career third.’

Her Golden Rule: ‘Do onto others as you would have them do onto you.’

That company story didn’t begin until Mary Kay Ash faced a situation all too familiar to women. After 25 years in the direct selling business, Mary Kay Ash resigned her position as a national training director when yet another man she had trained was promoted above her – at twice her salary. Her response was visionary. At first, she started writing a book that would help women gain the opportunities she had been denied. But soon she realized she was creating a plan that would do much more than give advice. It formed the foundation for a new opportunity where women could develop their talents and achieve unlimited success.

“I envisioned a company in which any woman could become just as successful as she wanted to be. The doors would be wide open to opportunity for women who were willing to pay the price and had the courage to dream.”

So in 1963, with her past experience, her plan and $5,000 in savings, Mary Kay Ash enlisted the help of her 20-year-old son, Richard, and created Beauty by Mary Kay. It was a first – a company dedicated to making life more beautiful for women. It was founded not on the competitive rule but on the Golden Rule – on praising people to success – and on the principle of placing faith first, family second and career third. It was a company, as Mary Kay Ash often said, “with heart.”

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