Thursday, March 18, 2010

Je Suis Reconnaissant

Tonight I went to a Mary Kay dinner where we had some special guest speakers. One being Yvette Franco, Mary Kays Vice President of Marketing (big deal) and National Sales Director Suzanne Brothers. I totally am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing company. I just wanted to write what I learned so I don't forget. Mary Kay Ash herself made sure we never tested on animals. I knew this. However what I did not know was that Yvette and her team travel to different countries to research different ingredients and stuff and they won't even do business with another company that tests on animals. A lot of cosmetic companies say they don't test on animals, but they purchase ingredients from a company who does. Awesome! Also, she talked about how we don't have some items on the market that other companies do. For example a lip plumper. If you have tried a lip plumper it kind of burns right? Well Mary Kay has researched and can't find the ingredients that actually do plump your lips and that are comfortable. They don't want to produce anything that causes any discomfort in any way. Also, they will not put anything on the market unless it can be undeniably scientifically backed to do exactly what it claims to do and is proven. Other companies make claims and aren't 100% accurate. We have integrity and such a high standard to deliver only the best to our clients. Awesome! In a recent survey that Mary Kay did to regular customers out in the world, 9 out of 10 are completely satisfied with their Mary Kay, other companies would kill to have this. I am part of a company where our mission is to help women look better, feel better, and maybe even BE better. No other company can say this I believe. There also is nothing out there like our Miracle Set, there might be other products that do part of what we do or that have similar ingredients and properties, but as a set, the results you see completely overall and for the price there is nothing out there better! I whole heartedly believe this. Mary Kay studies and looks at trends constantly, not only fashion and color trends, but social trends as well. For example, the economy in the past year and a half has changed peoples behavior in a permanent way in how they spend their money. If it is not of VALUE to them, they won't spend money, I know I don't. Our job in Mary Kay is to provide something of VALUE that people will feel good about spending their money on. Another trend is technology and this digital age. Mary Kay is on top of that 100% and offers every kind of technological advancement to its consultants and to our customers. Also, we are AUTHENTIC, we a real company with heart. Another social trend is that women are wanting to BE BETTER. Better moms, wives, women. I do. I am proud to say that I am part of something meaningful. Women want a meaningful life. In Mary Kay I a, striving to become a Sales Director which I believe is the best job in the whole world for women. You get paid stupid money and you live a meaningful life, you can't succeed in MK until you help someone else succeed. We all want to be better, not perfect, but better. I know Mary Kay helps me be better. Tammy, my National shared how her daughter Nikki recently graduated from Paul Mitchell Hair Academy and her and her mom were visiting another National Sales Director in Tennessee, they were going to the CMA's and stuff. Ya know, they are rich so, anyway Nikki is also friends with this Nationals daughter who is her same age 24. They asked Nikki what she wanted to do with her career. SHe said she wants to be famous and not just cut hair but do like movie stars and stuff, she was raised in a MK home which means a ICAN DO HAVE BE ANYTHING attitude. So they mentioned this Nationals hair stylist does hair for the grammys does lots of famous people there and they think he is looking for an assistant. Well Tammy and NIkki go home and forget about it mostly until a phone call comes and he really is looking for an assistant and Nikki can come audition. They buy an expensive plane ticket and get her there 2 days later. Stay with me here. So the audition is doing hair for the Miss Kentucky Pageant. 60 women 3 hairstyles each. One of her gals hair she did won and she got the assisting job to this famous hair dresser. She is living her dream. It cost $13000 to get her moved across the country and set up in a nice place, etc. But that is easy for Tammy to pay. Nikki would not have had this awesome amazing opportunity if Tammy wasn't in Mary Kay and wasn't friends with this National. (Her first client was Trace Atkins wife!) I don't ever want to tell my kids that they can't have their dream because we can't afford it. And I don't ever want my kids to think they aren't good enough and can't do it because that's what they saw from me. You will remain the same until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain it takes to change. I am at this pont. If I keep doing what I have always done I will keep getting what I alwys get, this is not suitable for me. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
Helen Keller

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