Some of you were itching to dispel the ridiculousness effervescing from a certain segment of the www, and I left you no opportunity. I do apologize. And yes, it is quite outrageous today! More on that in a bit.
New policy… everyday will have a “today on PT post” for anyone that wants to throw something up there! I simply do not have an opportunity until after work to catch up on the entire goings on and respond. Please help me by dropping your thoughts “while I am out”.
The format that would be most beneficial of course would be to “quote” the phrase, statement, or paragraph in question and then leave your thoughts after the “quote”.
Now onto the subject at hand.
Warning, what follows is a rant that has been a long time coming. Grab yourself some hot cocoa, (coffee if it is already tomorrow morning for you) put on some classic Christmas music, sit back, relax and enjoy...
That being said, there are two posts on PT today that bear rebutting. It is SO amazing that no one disagreed with what was said! Oh wait, they can’t!
They are both similar enough in content that I will discuss both here and allow you to dole it out as you see fit.
First, there is the issue of a $10,000 unit not being an “executive income”
Then there is the issue of “hope” being one of the obstacles to “recovering” from the nightmare of Mary Kay. This is really only a thinly veiled dig at the “odds” of making it big in Mary Kay.
Glossing over the fact that I can’t stand “The View” (perhaps it is because I am male, but I know plenty o’ the female varieties that can’t handle it either), the fact that involvement in Mary Kay is not ALWAYS a life tragedy (some would argue it is rarely so) and the fact that Mary Kay is NOT a Pyramid scheme, I STILL have a major problem with her LOGIC here.
On both subjects, on many levels, there are so many inconsistencies with this logic that it will be hard to encapsulate them all into one post.
- If you only brought $240,000 worth of product sales to the table at any company, it is HIGHLY unlikely that they will pay you much of anything. Perhaps if you have a base salary, but don’t expect a commission at that level. Think of a car salesman at say a
dealership. Your average vehicle sale is say $20,000. (That is what the customer pays) The dealership might make $5,000 on that sale. From that sale, they have to pay, overhead, stocking fees, etc. You most likely have a Sales Manager, a General Manager, and a Store Owner that all want to get a little bit of that and finally, you get your “cut”. I promise you that if you only sell TWELVE of those cars in a year, you are NOT going to be earning a living much less an “executive income” Toyota
I don’t care what industry, if you are only selling $240,000 worth of product at the retail level, you are not going to be making “good” money. Companies reward sales people for a certain level of performance. They reward their “executives” on an entirely different basis. If you have a sales team that together sold $1,000,000 in a year, now you might be looking at a different story. Now every industry is different, but the point is the same. $10,000/month may seem like a benchmark, and indeed it is a good goal to set, but if you think that is going to earn you that “executive income” whatever that is in your mind, brace yourself! Not to mention, if YOU bought more than half of that product yourself and aren’t going to sell it, that would be the equivalent of our Toyota sales guy buying himself a new Toyota every other month, just to meet his “one a month” quota. It just doesn’t make sense.
- This is compounded by the fact that what she is pointing to as a “problem” with Mary Kay is really a truth about LIFE. One of her first commentators quips,
“Another way to think of it is this way (and this is if my math is right):
Take 5,000 women at random. Ok, now one of them steps forward. That's your odds of succeeding.
1 / 5000 = 0.0002
0.0002 x 100 = 0.02%”
I live in
I am not saying that they don’t have one or that they are lying. I am simply saying on behalf of those that don’t have that to fall back on, OR don’t have a husband making enough for them to sit at home all day, “how dare you”. Congratulations that you didn’t NEED Mary Kay, and when you got sick of it you could toss it aside like a rag and spend the remainder of your days *****ing about how terrible it is/was for you, but for the rest of us that have to get up and work a hard day + some every day just to survive this cold hard world, “give us a break”. Yes it is a lot of work. What do you think we mean when we say, “man it’s a lot of work, but at the end of the day I love it”? (***** = whine or gripe or bleat or whatever you feel fits best)
- Let’s do the numbers for someone (for the sake of argument) that doesn’t have a further education degree, doesn’t have a parent/friend that “knows somebody” and can only find a $15/hour job answering phones. Let’s further suppose that she is fortunate enough to get a position where she gets a full 40hrs/week. $600/week - $31,200/yr - $2,600/mo. I will let you all do the math for your own personal experiences, but if you have kids, you know the drill. If you have to commute, that commute is every day. If you want to buy lunch, you can’t write it off. If your car breaks down, you fix it. This is also “pre-taxes” You might get a break on health insurance, but a lot of times, you just get the “group rate” Et. Al. $15/hr is still almost countrywide at least double the minimum wage. (exceptions include
Connecticut, Oregon, Vermont, and Washingtonand in January – California
- I said it on their site already; my wife’s director doesn’t spend any of her commission checks on the business. She covers all of those expenses with her income from her own personal sales. She doesn’t take any money from those classes for herself (to my knowledge). One of them asked me,
“So after you factor in prizes, training center rent, room fees, 4 trips a year (Seminar, Leadership, Career Conference, & Fall Retreat), Directors suit, Interviews at Starbucks or wherever, bussiness expenses, office expenses, postage ETC ETC ETC. you mean to tell me she pays for ALL THAT out of her personal product sales? Then you have to assume she is in the Queens Court of Sales to fund all the cost that Directorship entails.”
I was banned, so I could not answer there, but I will here.
Yes, in fact she was The Queen of Sales for our… whatever you call the seminar group… district? region? She works her business really hard, and sells a lot of product. She is most definitely the best consultant in her unit. And as to the other comment from the same,
“If that is true- that you have decided not to buy anything that can't be paid for with money she has hasn't already brought in with sales- then that explains why her Director isn't encouraging her to go for Directorship.”
She IS encouraging her to go for directorship. Just not until she has her team ready. Is that really so hard to imagine? A director that WANTS her team to succeed?
I have said it before, I will say it again. Mary Kay is a sales organization. (it is also a manufacturing… well whatever, you get the idea that I am talking about what WE do.) Sales organizations make their money from SALES. They reward their SALES people when they SELL things. If a leader pulls together a team and gets them to SELL more than they could have by themselves, this leadership is rewarded. The fact that people CAN take advantage of and manipulate this scenario does not mean:
1. Everyone does
2. It is the fault of Mary Kay Corporate
3. You have to
Again, sorry you had no recourse to comment on these erroneous posts earlier. Some people have posted comments here if you would like to read them. As mentioned, I will try my best to put up a post every morning that is simply called Today On Pink Truth. Feel free to “quote something there” and then comment on it. Please “quote” at least the portion you are talking about so that those who have a hard time viewing that site will know what you are talking about.