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LEGACY6JeanieMartinwasahighschoolspeechandEnglishteacherwhensherstembarkedonherpart-timeoccupationasaMaryKayconsultantandfor16yearsthetwocareersoverlapped.IwastheonlyteacherinschooldrivingapinkCadillactoworkbutIlovedteachingsaysJeanie.IhadtogiveupalottokeepbothcareersbuttheywerentthingsIloveddoing.Iquitdoingthehousework.IdontcookandIhaventbeeninagrocerystoreinyears.IcompletelygaveuptelevisionandmyhusbandReedsaysImtheonlypersonintheworldthathasneverseenanepisodeofCheers.JeaniesaysReedcoversalotofthethingsshegaveuptopursuehercareer.Hehastomanagealotofstuffaroundhereshesaysglancingaroundtheirspaciouslakesidehome.HesaidIhadtobesureandsayIwouldntbethemeIamnowwithouthim.Thatssotrue.Hesasuccessfulinsurancebroker.WhenIstartedsellingMaryKayhestheonethattoldmePeopledontbuyinsurance.Theybuyme.Itsallaboutrelationships.ThatshowIapproachmycareer.MaryKaymakesgreatproductsbutitstherelationshipsthathavemademesuccessful.SuccessforJeanieclearlymeansmorethantheaccumulationofmoneyandpossessions.ShetrustsinMaryKayAshsmottoGodrstfamilysecondcareerthirdandsheembracesthefoundersmaximHelpothersgetwhattheywantandyouwillgetwhatyouwant.Asoneofonly200nationalsalesdirectorsinanorganizationthatboastsover600000associatesintheU.S.Jeaniescondenceintheseprinciplesseemstohavebeenwellplaced.HerownriseinMaryKaybeganwhenoneofthecompanysdirectorssawsomethinginherduringachanceencounteratanailsalon.Iwasateacheronsummerbreakdressedincutoffsandat-shirtbutthisveryelegantverytogetherwomantoldmeIcouldbeagreatconsultantforMaryKay.AtthetimeIwastryingtogureouthowmyfamilycouldaffordtovisitmybrotherwhohadjusttakenanewjobinRome.WedidnthaveenoughmoneyfortheplaneticketssoIthoughtIdgiveMaryKayatry.WithinayearIhadnotonlyraisedenoughmoneytotakemyfamilytoEuropeIhadstartedonacareerthatwouldchangemylife.ItellpeopleIwasJeaniethecaterpillarwhoturnedintoJeaniethebuttery.WithinafewyearsJeanierosetotherankofdirectordroveapinkcaraMaryKaytrademarkandhadbeenaskedtospeakatthecompanysnationalconvention.Shewasnothoweverreadytogiveupherteachingcareernomatterhowlucrativehernewenterprisehadbecome.ShecontinuedtoteachEnglishandSpeechattinySerenaHighSchoolinspiringstudentswithanimaginativecurriculumthatincludedsubjectsliketheliteratureoftheHolocaust.IreallywantedtochangepeopleslivesandthatswhyIbecameateachersaysJeanie.IstartedteachingrightafterIgraduatedfromNIUandItaughtfor25years.ItwasonlyafteroneofmyformerstudentswhowasteachingEnglishinJapanwrotetomethatshewantedtocomebackandteachinSerenathatInallyconsideredresigning.Iwalkedintomyprincipalsofceandsaidgoodnewsbadnews.ImleavingbutEricaisreplacingme.EveryonelovedErica.Itwasmeanttobe.AnotherfactorinJeaniesdecisiontolaydownherchalkwasthatherdaughterAmywhowasalsoateacherhaddecidedtoleaveteachingtobecomeaMaryKayconsultant.Shelikehermotherwasanatural.InthecourseoffouryearssherosetotherankoftopDirector.JeanienowspendsmuchofhertimespeakingtoothermaryKayassociates.