Throw out the words
If I can,
I hope and maybe,
and replace them with
I can, I will, I must.
— Mary Kay Ash *
MARY KAY ASH BELIEVED IN WOMEN.
She also believed in the power of words to praise, encourage, and inspire. And to help women believe in themselves.
To build her business, she used what she had: her charm, her beauty and her ability to sell.
Her leadership changed millions and millions of lives.
* Recognized today as one of America’s greatest female entrepreneurs, Mary Kay Ash started her business in a tiny storefront in Dallas, Texas, with five products and a big dream — to inspire women to transform their lives.
More than 50 years later, Mary Kay Cosmetics has more than 3.5 million independent beauty consultants in a global multi-billion dollar network.
Married at 17 and later divorced, Ash learned sales by selling books door to door. She eventually remarried and went to work for Stanley Home Products. Frustrated when passed over for a promotion in favor of a man she had trained, she resigned in 1963.
Ash planned to start a cosmetics business with her new husband, but a month before it was to open, he died of a heart attack. Two months later, armed with $5,000 from her oldest son, Ash launched Mary Kay Cosmetics at the age of 45.