On November 22, 2001, Mary Kay Ash died at age 83 in Dallas, Texas. The creator of one of the world’s most famous brands, she once said that her management principles were based mainly on “The Golden Rule.”
Fittingly, at her death, many recalled words she had offered years earlier: “My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared.”
In 1963, at age 45, and after working as a salesperson for more than 25 years, she quit her job in frustration after a man she had trained was hired as her supervisor at twice her salary. Disillusioned, she originally planned to write a book for women in business, but instead founded her company in a Dallas storefront.
In equal parts a shrewd businesswoman, servant leader, motivational speaker, and life coach, she was fond of telling employees (she preferred the terms “associates” or “consultants”) that they could achieve all their dreams if they only helped customers achieve theirs. When she died—38 years after founding her firm–she was a legendary entrepreneur with a company that had 300,000 sales associates.
In the opening lines of her 1981 autobiography, she wrote:
There are four kinds of people in this world:
those who make things happen;
those who watch things happen;
those who wonder what happened;
those who don’t know that anything happened!
I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be first on that list.
I know what kind of follower of Jesus I want to be.
How about you?
Be blessed, be graced, be joyful, be empowered, be ready, don’t give up, reach out with encouragement to others, and be one who makes a difference this holiday season.