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Mary Kay Ash Quotes

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash quotes: content from the late cosmetics queen.

“Dare to grow into your dreams and claim this as your motto: ‘Let it be me.'”

“We fall forward to succeed.”

“You can go as far as your mind lets you.”

“If you think you can, you can.  And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

“One of the secrets of success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us.”

“What you believe, you can achieve.”

“Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.  Even the smallest achievements pave a way to great success.”

“Remember, if you do the things you ought to do when you ought to do them, then someday you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.  Whatever you do or dream you can do, begin it.  Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”

“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed.  They never dare to try.  We should try to step out of our comfort zones and do the things we’re capable of.”

“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity.  You have the choice.  You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser.  The choice is yours and yours alone.  Refuse to throw in the towel.  Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel.  It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.”

“You never really fail until you stop wanting.”

“Fear is faith that it won’t work.”

Never give up, because you never know if the next try is going to be the one that works.”

“Give yourself something to work toward, constantly.”

“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.”

“An average person with average talents and ambition and average education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.”

“The definition of successful people is simply ordinary people with extraordinary determination.  You cannot keep determined people from success.  If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights.  People who succeed have a goal, a dream and make their plans and follow them.”

“There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.  We all have a choice.  You can decide which type of person you want to be.  I have always chosen to be in the first group.”

“Don’t limit yourself.  Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.”

“Be a dreamer.  Have a sense of greatness.  It has been said that if you can dream it, you can do it.  And I believe that.  Before your dream can become a reality, you have to see it in your own mind; see its fulfillment, whatever it may be.”

“A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.”

“The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity.  Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything.  Replace ‘if I can, I hope, maybe’ with ‘I can, I will, I must.'”

“Make every day count.  Make every hour count.  Make every minute count.  And don’t stop until you have exercised your full potential, realizing your impossible dream and fulfilling your total destiny to become the person that you, and only you, are capable of being.”

“The first step is the hardest—making a commitment to yourself, for yourself.”

“Don’t let the negatives of life control you.  Rise above them.  Use them as your stepping stones to go higher than you ever dreamed possible.”

“Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.”

“For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action.  You just have to find it.  When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.”

“There is a way.  Up, around, over or through.”

“My company mascot is the bumblebee.  Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”

“It is important for you to have a goal.  You simply can’t get there if you don’t know where you are going.  Begin to build in your mind a dream.  Then write it down and make your goal realistic.  Aim high enough that you will have to stretch your ability and your potential to reach it.”

“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise.  It makes you stretch.”

“You are the only boss you have.  And I want you to be the most demanding boss that you can be.  If you really want to make a success of this business, then you must put yourself on a schedule.”

“Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else.  It’s the people with follow-through who excel.”

“A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”

“If you’re good to your staff when things are going well, they’ll rally when times go bad.”

“People will support that which they help to create.”

“Do not desire to fit in.  Desire to lead.”

“Leaders teach.  They motivate.  They care.  Leaders make sure that the way to success is always broad enough and straight enough for others to follow.”

“Some of the most successful people managers are also the best listeners.”

“The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.”

“I believe every person has the ability to achieve something important, and with that in mind I regard everyone as special.  A manager should feel this way about people, but it’s an attitude that can’t be faked.  You’ve got to be honestly convinced that every human being is important.”

“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”

“Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’  Never forget this message when working with people.”

“Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.”

“I put a lot of emphasis on how to treat people.  The reason for this is simple.  The real success of our personal lives and careers can best be measured by the relationships we have with the people most dear to us—our family, friends, and coworkers.  If we fail in this aspect of our lives, no matter how vast our worldly possessions or how high on the corporate ladder we climb, we will have achieved very little.”

“Before you ever receive the wonderful treasures of a happy life, you must first give.  Give of yourself.  Be of service to others.  Only what you give can be multiplied back into your own life.”

“The seeds you plant in the hearts and minds of others will be what you receive in return, 100-fold.  Only sow that which you wish to receive in return.  Sow good, receive good!  Plant seeds daily.”

“Hope is wishing for something to come true.  Faith is belief that it will come true.  Believe that for every problem God gives you, He will also provide you with a solution.”

“God didn’t have time to make a nobody, only a somebody.  I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.”

“Everyone has obstacles to overcome, but those with great faith can conquer whatever stands in the way.”

“Believe in yourself and know that you can do anything in this world that you want to do if you want to do it badly enough and you are willing to travel the road.  Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”

“Individuals sometimes feel insignificant and doubt that one person can really make a difference in this world.  Well, believe me, one person can.”

“My definition of happiness is having something to do, what you love to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.”

“We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives.  If you don’t know where you’re aiming, you don’t have a goal.  My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, ‘She cared.'”

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