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Miracles Happen : The Life and Timeless Principles of the Founder of Mary Kay Inc. Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2003


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It could be said that her legendary status comes fromcreating a brand that's a household name, or from themarvelous marketing prowess by which she virtuallyowns the color pink. She could be lauded as one of thegreatest executives to ever lead a company. Indeed, allof those plaudits would be true. But what endears thelate MARY KAY ASH far beyond cosmetics, businessgenius, or financial success is her role as a champion ofwomen. It is a role now celebrated by four generationsof women on five continents who are part of an independentsales force family that numbers more than onemillion. In 1963, Mary Kay Ash set out to changewomen's lives for the better. In 1981, she wrote this autobiography to provide a personal perspective onher remarkable journey. Not only was it a bestseller buttoday there are more than two million copies in print.Her other two books also achieved bestseller acclaim.

A self-described "ordinary woman with extraordinarydetermination," Mary Kay Ash often said that she aimed to provide opportunities for women that did not exist during the twenty-five years when she was a working mother struggling to make ends meet. "When we began in 1963, we meant to change the lives of a few people. Instead we are changing the world," she wrote in her company magazine in 1989.

After decades of success, Mary Kay was asked what it was that motivated her now that she had achieved so much. Her words spoke volumes about her quest and the company's mission to enrich women's lives: "If today one more woman learns how great she really is, then for me it has been a great day."

What Mary Kay did for the economic liberation ofwomen is what truly secures her legacy and extends itpast the vast boundaries of her beloved native Texas.How she did it is a success story that has captured thehearts and minds of the world. This is her story in herown words. It is followed by an epilogue that reflectson the life of this most remarkable woman.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Third Edition edition (September 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0060574615
  • ASIN: B000ENBPX4
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Girl on August 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mary Kay tells her story, from being a poor little girl with a mother who worked outside the home full-time and a sickly father to being a saleswoman who never felt appreciated by her male bosses. Learn the motivational story behind Mary Kay Cosmetics. This book completely expresses what a wonderful, amazing woman Mary Kay was. Very inspirational.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bresser on January 18, 2005
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This is a must have book!

Mary Kay has it right - Faith, Family and Career! You can't go wrong with this philosophy. This book really helps put things in perspective.

Highly recommend this book to everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nani on August 18, 2005
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Mary Kay Ash lived her philosophy of god first, family second, career third. I had the honor of meeting her as a Sales Director with Mary Kay and was priviledged to attend one of her leadership workshops at headquarters in Dallas, Texas. She was a brilliant leader. An inspiring teacher and most of all a woman who walked the talk. Her series of books when read closely reveals a business plan that is bold and forward thinking. It is simple in its application and most of all her plan is doable. I would advise women who want to become consultants with Mary Kay cosmetics to read all of her books. Listen carefully to the plan. Follow the plan, never ever giving up. She used to tell us that "its always too soon to quit!" Great book with great advice from a woman who made it to the top and beyond..........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2010
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Very good read, even if you aren't a Mary Kay consultant. Mary Kay Ash was a very strong, very inspirational woman. Many challenges came into her life, but she worked her way around them and did what she could and she holds a lesson to all of us that no matter what we have to work hard and sit back and just think of a way to push through. Sometimes things just happen, and we have to work our way around them. She was an absolutely amazing woman.
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The autobiography is very inspirational, especially to women. It focuses on the journey that brought the Mary Kay company from a $5000 investment to where it is today. Mary Kay loves what she does and has changed the lives of many women by creating one of the most successful cosmetic businesses. She was the first to create a cosmetics company that focuses on reaching out directly to customers and teaching them about the products. Mary Kay wrote the book the way that she did because she wanted to express the importance of just starting a company and letting everything happen from there, rather than theorizing a company and developing strategies. Mary Kay stresses the fact that she did not create the company until she was 45 years old, after she had retired. This provides hope for readers at any age. Most entrepreneurs tell stories of spending their careers creating businesses, but she tells the story of how she established a legendary company after she thought that she was done with her professional life. This demonstrates the importance of accepting the unexpected. An opportunity arose at a very hard time in her life, right after her husband passes away, and she decided to take it.
She is one of those very lucky entrepreneurs as according to her son, she has been successful in nearly all endeavors. She mentions some of her personal struggles but she focuses much more on her successes and how she achieved them. Her most impressive trait is her passion for her work. Mary Kay is not about selling cosmetics to women, it is about helping women to be more self confident and powerful. No one is able to put in the hours of work that she has put into her business if they are not enjoying what they are doing.
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This book isn't just an interesting biography about a famous businesswoman. It DOES have that info, about her childhood, and what went into shaping her character, and her tremendous can-do attitude.

It also has a great deal of insight into being a businesswoman, and particularly if you want to start your own business. Mary Kay Ash put a great deal of thought and effort into shaping a company culture, and ensuring that the company would keep that same identity even in her absence. There's also a good dose of 'Keep at it! Don't give up' encouragement for ALL who are pursuing a daunting vision.
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