“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.”
-Mary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash may seem like a woman you’ve never heard of in history, but you all know her! She’s the name and brain behind the famous cosmetics brand Mary Kay. It’s GirlMogul Daisy here, your Reluctant Fashionista. Mary Kay Ash, I learned, did not just create a business empire, but also a business run by a woman. She worked to be a mogul who was also a woman, and succeeded at being a real life GirlMogul! To learn more about this entrepreneur, read the biography I wrote of her here.
In this quotation, Mary Kay expands on a cliché my mom always used to say: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” Does that sound familiar to you? I always thought those clichés could be annoying, but the more I read on what great women like Mary Kay were saying, I realize that they do have a point, and an important one at that.
It’s always important to remember that how you treat people affects the relationships you have in the future. As Mary Kay points out, it is these relationships that define our success, not the amount of money or things we earn in the corporate world. At the end of the daily, all we have is people- our family, our friends, and our peers. We have to respect these people and treat them how we want to be treated. Before, I used to hear my mom and teachers say this but not really understand the importance of it. Now, I’m learning that not being nice can really hurt you in the long run. I’m learning from my experiences and the words of Mary Kay. Have you ever lost something, like a friend, because maybe you weren’t as nice as you could have been? That’s happened to me, and now I’m trying to change it!