American businesswoman and founder of the cosmetic empire, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., said this:
I put a lot of emphasis on how to treat people. The reason for this is simple. The real success of our own 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 knew that no matter how big her company got or no matter how much wealth she accumulated, none of that mattered if the relationships with the people around her were not as they should be. The "Golden Rule" was Mary Kay's guide as she determined that any and every situation as her guiding philosophy, determining that the best course of action in virtually any situation could be easily discerned by, "Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you". She also firmly believed that life worked best when priorities were in proper order throughout the day. Her belief was that faith was first, family second, and that her career was third. Interestingly, Mary Kay didn't launch her company early in life. She was 45.
Mary Kay enjoyed making others feel good about their accomplishments. She recognized those accomplishments the same way many companies do today, "by praising people to success". The company's marketing plan gives recognition to the success of those accomplishments by prizes, rewards, and celebrations.
Much can be learned from Mary Kay's philosophy. Actually, much of this philosophy can be found in God's Word, and can be used in our everyday life. From her story, we can learn:
1. Faith first. Too often in our busy lives, work, hobbies, chores, schedules....all take up the most time in our day. When we deliberately and methodically make time for God, Jesus, the Bible, and the church, our life's priorities will just naturally get in sync with God's Will for us. When He is just given the leftovers of our day, our lives will never be as He wants them to be.
2. People matter. It doesn't matter what you accumulate in life, it's the relationships with those around you that matter the most. What would your family say is most important to you? How do people feel when they need to talk to you - apprehensive? Afraid of how you'll react? Worried that your reaction isn't worth bringing something up? Would people rather avoid talking to you about something than face it? Ask your family how they feel. They'll tell you. Ask your coworkers. Ask your friends. It's quite possible that how you think they feel is not at all how they really feel.
3. Be positive with praise.
Some people are just naturally pessimistic. It's tough to be around those types of people. On the other hand, some are naturally over optimistic, seeming fake about everything the do and say. There's got to be a happy medium in the mix. One can be realistic, but find the good in everything. There's always something good. Always. And praising the good in someone will bring about something even better within them. Hurrying kills kindness. It causes us to overlook the good that's all around.
4. Find something to celebrate.
In each day and within each person, find something and someone to celebrate. Compliments encourage when done sincerely. Flattery only puffs up and leads to unrealistic expectations. Keep it real. Celebrate even minor accomplishments. In doing so, the one giving out praise will find that not only does it help the receiver of the words, but also to you - the one giving it.
Real success is about the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father, His Son, the church, and with the people around us. Don't be so busy that you neglect real success. If you do, you'll realize one day just what you missed out on and it may be too late.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34