Last month, Pam received her largest commission check
to date $41,000. In the 15 years since she gave up a teaching career
and joined the Mary Kay team, Pam has enjoyed nine consecutive years reaching
the $1 million mark, marked by a life of pink Cadillacs, traveling and time
spent with her husband, Jerry, and son, Thomas.
Pam Shaw looked no further than her own roots to find the perfect role model
her mother. As a homemaker and teacher, Pam's mother instilled in her the value
of time management. Her first look at a weekly plan sheet came when her mother
coached Pam to map out a schedule of her daily activities from Sunday to Saturday.
The system served the Waldrops well,
| and her mother's accomplishments
proved it. She had a career that
spanned 32 years, she volunteered in the community and at church, and
managed to prepare three square meals a day all home-cooked.
||Today, many of Pam's meals are
the grill by her supportive husband, and dinner
remains a cherished event when the close-knit
family can spend precious time together. In
fact, despite the hard work and determination it
took to reach the position of Independent
National Sales Director, Pam has never lost
sight of the importance of family.
Pam left her home state of Kentucky and moved to Florida while pursuing a career
in teaching right out of college. This followed, in fact, a brief time in which
she admits she was uncharacteristically unfocused. In her 20s, Pam confesses she
was anything but disciplined. "I had no goals, or rather my goals were, 'Wheres
the next fun thing that we can do?'" Luckily, the phase was brief but proved
constructive. Ready for a change, Pam bought her Mary Kay® showcase and held
her first skin care class. On the drive home after that first class in 1986, she
mentally tallied her revenues at $400 and decided this was the career for her.
Shortly afterwards as a new director, she met her husband, Jerry at a triathlon.
She has experienced this career as a single woman, dating, engaged, newly married,
pregnant, nursing, and mother of a now 7-year-old.
Transitioning from a career in academics to a career in which she now mentors
motivated women has brought Pam a "clarity, knowing God's will and direction
in a world determined by confusion." She now describes her life as "happy,
grounded, directed and blessed."
Pam's successful life approach is evident in her philosophy. "I believe every
person is born uniquely amazing, with untapped gifts and talents," she says.
"It's a decision to step into our greatness. Success is choice-driven, and
prioritization of our values produces outcomes that we should take responsibility
Pam attributes her accomplishments to the value in making conscious choices. This
awareness, along with a "sincere wish to stay in God's will" and an
love of people, has placed her on a path to spiritual and financial reward.
|What does it take to mentor and
develop 300 Independent Beauty Consultants and make
room for self and family? Pam suggests that juggling so many responsibilities
requires planning out the day by task and the amount of time it will take, being
prepared and knowing exactly what you need to do when you have a spare moment.
"You have to have the discipline to know exactly what you are going to do
throughout the day," she explains.
| "Many people
lose out by not planning. Without planning ahead, they miss the opportunity while
still trying to get organized. We are always making choices," she concludes,
"and the choices bring us results."
Since qualifying as an Independent National Sales Director last August, "it's
a whole new ball game," Pam admits, and she has been putting in more hours
to make the position a success. When she chooses to indulge in a little downtime,
she enjoys active outings with her husband and son. "My idea of a perfect
weekend is to sleep in, go have a big breakfast with my family, then go to the
park and roller blade or bike with the boys," she says. "I'd probably
like to spend a little time alone, reading or writing, but I always love time
spent with Thomas, my son, I'd choose a date with Jerry, or time with just the
three of us."
Whats next for this grounded dynamo who seems to
have negotiated the road to having it all? "Of course,
I'd like to become a Senior National Sales Director,"
she says. "But my next goal is to grow our number of units from 28 to 60."
Although Seminar is just around the corner, who could doubt that she will do it?