Personal Tragedies Of Mary Kay Inc. Founder: How Betrayals And Losses Made Her A Strong Woman

Date June 21, 2019 10:04

For more than a decade, the brand Mary Kay Cosmetics has been among the leaders in the global market. Not only does it help women to be beautiful, but also inspires them to follow their dreams. Many people know that it was created in the middle of the 20th century by a fragile woman who became an icon of style and a shark in the business. But few people realize how difficult her path was.

Mary Kathlyn Wagner was born in 1918 in a small Texas town. Due to her father’s serious illness, her mother had to work hard to provide for their 4 children. Mary, the youngest, was only 7 when all of the housekeeping fell on her shoulders. At such a tender age, she already learned to carry her burden and believe that one can achieve a lot with hard work.

Although she did well in school, higher education was out of the question: the family simply couldn’t afford it. Like many girls in the post-war period, Mary got married very early. The schoolgirl suddenly became a 17-year-old wife. Her husband, Ben Rogers, worked at a gas station and played in a band. Mary and Ben had 2 sons and a daughter: Ben Jr., Richard, and Marylin.

The husband turned out to be unreliable. The young family was very poor, and at the beginning of World War II, Ben joined the army. Fragile Mary started to earn money by selling books on child psychology from door to door day in and day out. In 1946, Rogers returned only to file for a divorce. She was left with nothing except for 3 children and arthritis. Hard work helped her cope with despair. Industrious Mary quickly became the queen of sales, but there was no place for her in a man's world. The opinion of a talented woman was ridiculed; positions and large sums went to her more promising colleagues, which were all men, of course.

In 1963, at the age of 45, Mary was a very wealthy retired woman. The children were grown up, she had found her true love, and had a dream: to create her own business and help women who had suffered a similar injustice. She bought a formula of hand cream for $500 and spent another $4,500 took to open a store and create a small network of direct sales, which started to bring huge profits.

However, success was followed by misfortunes. A month before the launch of her dream company, her husband tragically passed away: they were officially married for only a few weeks. Her children came to the rescue: first Richard, then later Ben and Marylin. Mary Kay's mother died in 1968, her son-in-law passed away in 1981, and 1991 took the life of her only daughter. The founder of the company was paralyzed by a stroke for the last 5 years of her life and quietly passed away in 2001. Until her last, she loved the color pink and the number 13.

We would like to finish this story with some of this strong and wise woman’s inspirational quotations:

If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right.

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.

It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.

A good goal is like a strenuous exercise – it makes you stretch.

Do not desire to fit in. Desire to lead.

Each of these quotes reflects Mary Kay Ash’s life experience and the lessons she learned. What a strong woman!