Are you struggling trying to grow your Mary Kay business?

butterfly struggle mary kay story

I ran across this beautiful story today and I felt the need to write a blog based on struggling because of it.

We ALL face it in our business. I don’t care if you are selling Mary Kay or if you are Beyonce; you will have set backs, failures, and disappointments.  It’s a part of being in business and a part of being human.

So here is the story!

A man found the cocoon of a butterfly, and one day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. After awhile, it stopped as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body,

It never happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around.

It was never able to fly.

This is what the man in his kindness and haste did not understand:

The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives to grow. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.

As I am writing this I am having flashbacks of all the National Sales Directors and top sales Directors I have met and their stories of struggle and triumph.

Here are a couple of examples:

QT Office was in Connecticut to speak about our Mary Kay inventory systems and I remember meeting Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Barbara Sunden she shared her “I” story and her huge fear of driving over bridges; she would go no further than the bridges of her home town.

As many of you know she conquered her struggles and went on to join Mary Kay’s Millionaires club and earn more than $14 million in commissions during her Mary Kay career.

Jamie and Barbara Sunden

Just a few months ago QT Office was teaching at a event for Independent National Sales Director Donna Meixsell and Independent Senior National Sales Director
Scarlett Walker-Simpson was a guest speaker. She gave an inspiring story of how Mary Kay had changed her life and the money struggles she had had before she started Mary Kay.

She told us that she remembered a time that her oldest daughter Kimberly Copeland (who is also an Independent National Sales Director) had brought her groceries for Mother’s Day as a present. Of course at that time neither of them were Nationals. Now both of them are NSD’s in the Millionaires club, and Scarlett’s youngest daughter Krystal Walker is also on her way to becoming one as well.

Jamie and Scarlet Walker and Krystal Walker

Who would ever think that one day you are wondering where your groceries are and the next you are leading a family National Sales Director Dynasty?

Success did not come easy to Mary Kay. Her husband died one month before the company launch but her philosophy endured, “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

The reason I am sharing this today is because we all struggle, we all have hills and valleys in our life and in our business, but I want you to push past that, do not let it cripple you.  Instead, let it make you strong enough to fly.


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This entry was posted in QT Office® on February 08, 2012