Friday, August 3, 2012

Words of Wisdom, by Mary Kay

There are 4 kinds of people in this world:  Those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; those who wonder what happened; and those who don’t know that anything happened!

People who do succeed have:  enthusiasm (with purpose), discipline, willingness (to work, to serve, and to learn), determination, appreciation of others.

Everything works out if you have your life in the proper perspective, God first, family second, and career third.

Your time is the most important thing you have-make the most of it. If you are serious about your career, should not spend your 24 hours on tasks that you could assign to someone else.  When you organize your time, you should first do those things that are truly important to you and your family.  Then do what is important for your career.  Anything else is extra.

Delegate your work.  Stop spending dollar time on penny jobs.  Plan your life the way you plan your vacation.  There are 3 prerequisites.  First, you have to pick a job that you truly enjoy-something that challenges and fulfills your individual strengths.  Second, you have to plan your workday with the same kind of detail you use when planning a vacation.  Third, you have to start looking at your career as if you expecting to have some excitement and fun.

A good definition of a woman’s needs:  From birth to age 14, she needs good parents and good health.  From 14 to 40, she needs good looks.  From 40 to 60, she needs personality, and from 60 on, she needs cash.

When a woman behaves like a lady, she sets the stage, and as a result, men will conduct themselves as gentlemen.  Men respect a woman who retains her femininity, and that they respond more favorably to her if she presents an attractive appearance.  When I’m the only woman present, it’s wise to keep my mouth shut, until I am certain that I know what I’m talking about.  The men present will perceive my views differently than they would those of another man.  I know that when I speak, they will listen-and I want to be absolutely on target.

This can be an asset instead of a liability.  A well-groomed saleswoman can often get in to see a male executive who would turn a man away.  In fact, he’s likely to hold the chair for her!  In other words, men will often give a woman a little extra assistance.  And a woman who is smart will take advantage of this small edge.

No matter what you do or how restricted your time, you should always make the effort to look your best.  After all, you only get  one chance to make a good first impression.

Having work you love to do is an essential part of being happy.  When you enjoy your work, it’s important to have someone to share it with.  The third part of being happy is always having something to look forward to.  In my case, this is linked to my first 2 elements of happiness.  I look forward to enjoying my work as much as I always have, and I look forward to being with and sharing with people that I love.

It’s vital to always have something at the end of the rainbow.  Once you approach your dream, it’s important to find another dream.  You can’t out give God.  As you begin a new career, remember that whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.

Happiness is different things to different people.  Happiness is first, having work that you love to do-something you like so much you’d do it even if you weren’t paid.  Second, happiness is someone to love.  And third, it is having something to look forward to.

The Mary Kay philosophy rests upon 3 simple and beautiful ideas.  The first and most important is the Golden Rule.  We teach our people to treat others as they themselves would like to be treated.  Sometimes we call this our Go-Give Spirit, and we accord special recognition to those individuals who show that spirit in outstanding ways.  It’s a spirit of sharing and caring for the other person.  The second cornerstone of our philosophy is our belief in the right priorities:  God first, family second, and career third.  A person cannot do a professional job if his or her personal life is in conflict.  Our third cornerstone is our belief in the beautiful potential inside each and every human being.  We believe that with lots of praise and encouragement, everyone can be successful.

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