Are You Active or Inactive?
If Inactive, Date You Left MK:
Getting There Soon
Amount of Initial Inventory You Purchased:
How were you recruited? Tell us all the details.
My friend started selling in the fall and I attended her debut. I agree to help by doing a party, a “practice” interview and attending a “pizza and possibilities” event all within the few couple months of her business. By the time the “practice” interview came around I was intrigued by what I had been hearing and did want to make a little extra cash. Well, during that interview I was fed every line in the MK book (I see that now clear as day) and apparently left my common sense at home b/c I agreed to sign up. And, in order to get the current promotion for new agreements, I had to sign that night. So I didn’t really think about it as much as I should have and I certainly didn’t do any research beyond what I was fed by the MK machine. My friend was too new to know what was really happening and was genuinely excited to sign me up. She’s begun to see the light too.
Do you have a memorable experience from your time in Mary Kay? If so, please tell us about it.
The one and only party I did was really fun. Those ladies were a blast to hang out with for 3 1/2 hours. Oh, that’s right, parties are only supposed to last 2 hours but when you’re brand spanking new they really last closer to 3 or 4 hours. And the prep and packing and schlepping and set-up were never realistically described/demonstrated in any training video or rah-rah meeting. Speaking of the unit meetings (and supposed training opportunities) the other day I asked my supervisor at my J.O.B. if I could bring a guest to our next team meeting and get credit for it and she quite obviously looked at me like I was off my rocker.
What are you doing now?
Still working my full-time job. The job that has excellent benefits, plenty of paid time-off, great retirement and opportunity for advancement that doesn’t require stocking my cubicle with work no one has asked for yet so I’ll have it on hand when they do or recruiting new employees to fill non-existent openings. Recovering from the guilt, feelings of failure, and embarrassment at admitting to all my friends who said “Isn’t that a pyramid?” that they were right. Dealing with the irony that the MK debt ($4,000 in the end) I am paying off almost entirely out of pocket should have gone towards that Masters degree in business I’ve been talking about getting for years.
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Managing the anger and feeling stupid will be the hardest to get past, even after that blue check comes. Anger at the deception by my SD when I signed, lying by omission is still lying. Accepting that my SD may not realize the truth yet so any anger at her is probably misplaced. Anger at myself for not making a different decision once the truth began to roll in and the pressure to stock up began to build. Feeling stupid about spending money I didn’t have and wasn’t making in sales when I realized pretty quickly how much work it would really take to actually sell anything. Resolving not to blame my SD for repeating what she’s been taught and for trying to keep her own head above water the only way she knows how- even after she advises me in an email how to “illegally” sell my product and spend 2 or 3 months doing it rather than sending it back to the company. An email that inherently does not respect my decision by assuming I don’t know all the “facts” about the product return program (which she got wrong) and that I want to remain in Mary Kay.