“Some people drift through their entire life. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. It happens so gradually they are unaware of how their lives are slipping away until it’s too late.”
Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash (Mary Kathlyn Wagner) Short Biography
Ash graduated from high school in 1934 and found a job working for Stanley Home Products as a salesperson 5 years later.
She was so good as a salesperson that in 1952 she was pirated by World Gifts. Ash was an employee at the company for more than a decade but decided to quit when men she had trained were chosen over her to receive promotions.
After leaving World Gifts in 1963, Ash decided to write a book for women on the topic of business. But working on the book had turned into a business plan for her own company.
Ash opened her first store; Beauty By Mary Kay, in Dallas on September 13, 1963, with 9 saleswomen working for her.
She successfully made a profit of nearly $1 million in the first year alone. Ash was known to employ marketing strategies that she would use to uplift her employees such as employee incentives.
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