55 Mary Kay Ash Quotes on Success and Leadership

Mary Kay Ash was a successful businesswoman who founded Mary Kay Cosmetics.

She started the company in 1963 with just $5000 growing it into a major cosmetics firm with $1.7 billion in sales by 1994.

Mary Kay was a millionaire leaving behind a $98 million fortune.

She married young and had three children selling books door-to-door during World War II.

Her business philosophy focused on balancing God, family and career allowing women to work from home.

Mary Kay Ash Quotes

She motivated her sales force with rewards like jewelry trips and the iconic pink Cadillacs.

I have made a list of some of the top quotes from Mary Kay Ash for you.

Best Mary Kay Ash Quotes

1. “Fake it till you make it.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


2. “What you believe, you can achieve.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


3. “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.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


4. Throw out the words, if I can, I hope, and maybe, and replace them with I can, I will, I must. ~ Mary Kay Ash.


5. 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. ~ Mary Kay Ash.


6. Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. ~ Mary Kay Ash.


7. Success, in many cases, is failure turned inside out. ~ Mary Kay Ash.


8. You cannot keep determined people from success. ~ Mary Kay Ash.

9. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


10. “You can eat an elephant one bite at a time.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

11. “Dare to grow into your dreams and claim this as your motto: Let it be me.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


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12. “We fall forward to succeed.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


13. “The only difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is extraordinary determination.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

14. “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.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

15. “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

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


17. “Even the smallest achievements pave a way to great success.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

18. “You can go as far as your mind lets you.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


19. “It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

20. “Never forget, your family should always have priority over your work.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

21. “Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


22. “Do not desire to fit in. Desire to lead.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

23. “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.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

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24. “Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

25. “Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

26. “In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

27. “Everyone has obstacles to overcome, but those with great faith can conquer whatever stands in the way.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


28. “Left unattended, problems only intensify.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

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29. “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.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


30. “Give yourself something to work toward – constantly.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

31. “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.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

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32. “One of the secrets of success is to refuse to let temporary setbacks defeat us.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


33. “God did not have time to make a nobody, so you’re a somebody.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

34. “My company mascot is the bumblebee. Because of its tiny wings and heavy body, aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly. But the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it flies anyways.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

35. “No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

36. “Fear is faith that it won’t work.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


37. “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

38. “Every achievement, big or small, begins in your mind.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


39. “There is a way; Up, Around, Over or Through.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

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40. “Some of the most successful people managers are also the best listeners.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

41. “My goal in life is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


42. “Real strength entails being considerate and supportive of people’s feelings.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

43. “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.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

44. “A good goal is like a strenuous exercise – it makes you stretch.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


45. “Every silver lining has a cloud.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

46. “Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

47. “My definition of happiness is having something to do what you love to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

48. “People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


49. “When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

50. “Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

51. “Your attitude determines your altitude. It really is true that If you think you can, you can; and if you think you can’t – you’re right.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

52. “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).


53. “Never give up, because you never know if the next try is going to be the one that works.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

54. “God first, family second, career third.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

55. “The first step is the hardest – making a commitment to yourself, for yourself.” ~ (Mary Kay Ash).

So these were the 55 quotes by Mary Kay Ash.

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