I went to an event hosted by the cosmetics company Mary Kay earlier today. It was a casual breakfast get-together at the swanky Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. It was the kind of event I used to attend a few times a week back when I was a beauty assistant at Wish magazine.
But it was a different experience this time around. I’m several years older and a freelancer, of course. But a young woman who had worked her way up to be a sales director in the Montreal area spoke to us about how becoming a Mary Kay consultant changed her life, and I found myself nodding vigorously throughout her talk.
The young woman, named Valerie, told us about the financial freedom she and her family achieved when she quit her full-time job and began selling Mary Kay products. She had hit a financial wall in her professional life, and was over-worked and under-appreciated. She needed a change, and she needed to take control of her future and establish her own financial security.
She had a lot of doubters who warned her against striking out on her own and running her own business.
She left the haters in the dust.
Her message about believing in yourself, about knowing that if you work hard and set goals you can achieve the dream life you always wanted, struck a chord. When you quit your job to run your own shop, people will always tell you that it’s a bad idea. There will be people who don’t understand why you would leave a steady paycheque and benefits. But when you know in your heart that you’re ready to challenge yourself, to hustle for every dollar you earn and keep setting and achieving goals, you learn to shut out those voices pretty quickly and just keep working toward your dream.
I’m two months in at this crazy experiment, and I’m proud to say that over the last four weeks I’ve gotten myself within a couple of hundred dollars of my gross income from my last job. I’m setting even bigger goals now, including carving a few luxuries out of my budget, like...a vacation! Or perhaps hiring an accountant to make sense of this HST stuff.
No matter what I choose to do, though, the key is that I’m in charge of making it happen. What comes next is entirely up to me.
Like, I'm going to have to speak to the boss about getting me a pink Cadillac.