Winning Life’s Great Balancing Act

Unlike Rich, who showed signs of being an entrepreneur at the tender age of 9, I never knew I had an entrepreneurial bone in my body until I was 26.

Since that time, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to truly succeed as an Internet entrepreneur.  One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is about the power of choices.

When I was young, I used to love reading Choose Your Own Adventure books.

In case you didn’t have the good fortune to read these books… as you read the story, you are given choices—for option 1, you turn to page 7 and for option 2, you turn to page 9, then you get to the bottom of that page and you’re given 2 or 3 more choices….

Every story is different because of the numerous choices that you get to make as the reader.

I’ve found that my life over the past nearly 6 years has been quite similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure book, especially since I’ve been pursuing my entrepreneurial ambitions while practicing law full-time.

I know there are many of you out there that are doing the juggling act that I’ve been doing over the years, and some of you have kids on top of a full-time job and your business.  Even if you don’t fall into this category, this lesson is universal, so listen up! ; )

Every single day you are presented with a multitude of choices.  Each choice you make takes you one step closer or one step further away from your entrepreneurial goals.

For example, if you’ve just completed a course on, say, blogging.  You then have a choice:

A.  Implement what you just learned

B.  Buy another course (Hey, you need to be an expert before you get started, right?)

C.  Watch TV/Visit with friends/Re-organize your sock drawer, etc. (“I’ll get back “on track” next week/month/year”)

D. Quit (“hey, this entrepreneur stuff is too hard!”)

Over the years, I’ve seen about 10% choose Option D.  60% of people choose Option C, and another 20% choose Option B.  Amazing only a tiny 10% choose Option A.

Guess who is making 99% of the money?

The people who choose Option A.

Why don’t more people choose Option A?

I really don’t know…. some may be deterred by that pesky monkey on their shoulder that tells them that they aren’t good enough to get started.

(My suggestion— kick that stupid monkey to the curb!)

Others simply lack the discipline necessary.  They fall prey to the “hype” in our industry that says you can make money with no effort.

(That’s all that is, by the way, hype!)

The truth of the matter is that it takes hard work and a lot of self-discipline to succeed as an Internet entrepreneur.

Presumably you started down the entrepreneurial path in order to reach a goal or achieve a dream, right?

So let me ask you a simple question…

Are Your Dreams/Goals Worth It?

If the answer to that question is “Yes!” then continue reading…

Our answer to that question is a resounding “YES!”

Rich and I have foregone many a social outing or trip just to work on our business. It’s why we are getting the results that we are. Regardless of what anyone tells you- when you’re just starting out, you can’t sit on the beach 24/7 and generate over 10,000 leads and become a top affiliate like we have.

It takes discipline and sacrifice.

But it’s sacrifice for the greater good…. every social outing I forego to work on our business means that another group of entrepreneurs is going to be equipped to reach their goals.  The more entrepreneurs that we help reach their goals, the closer we are to reaching our own.

Every TV show I miss, means that we are that much closer to living the dream lifestyle of building our online empire while travelling the world.

(Yes, I did say online empire—we’ve got enormous plans!) ; )

Your entrepreneurial future is truly in your hands and no one else’s.  With each decision you make, do a little “check” and ask yourself:

“Is this going to take me one step closer or one step further away from my goals”?

and then ask yourself

“Am I OK with that result?”

I ran across an amazing video recently that sums up this article perfectly.  Have a look and if you know of someone who could benefit from this article, please share it. 


If this article has resonated with you, we’d love to hear your thoughts and pearls of wisdom!

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About Rich and Natasha Hazlett

Natasha Nassar Hazlett is a practicing attorney, international internet marketing consultant and author. Rich Hazlett has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, strategic planning, brand management, advertising production management and sales. He is currently a full-time internet marketer. Thousands of entrepreneurs have been through our course: The Ultimate Attraction Marketing Crash Course. We are also the authors of The Lead Whisperer’s Guide to Attraction Marketing, The Lead Whisperer 2.0 and The Fast Forward Guide To Social Media PPC. Natasha is also the author of Slapped: Lessons from the Internet Marketing Graveyard. We have worked with (and continue to work with) industry leaders like Ann Sieg, Mike Klingler, DiDi Alcheva, Jim (the “Traffic Monster”) Yaghi and others to bring the best information possible to our fellow entrepreneurs. When we’re not helping our fellow entrepreneurs, we enjoy the beautiful Idaho outdoors and on any given weekday or weekend in the winter, you’ll find us on the ski slopes by our house.

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5 Responses to “Winning Life’s Great Balancing Act”

  1. Chery Schmidt Says:

    Hi Natasha, I loved your article, Yes it does matter… Great Headline 🙂 I have seen this video before, this really hits home with the decisions that one makes in life.. I guess I had signs of being an entrepreneur when I was 7 I can remember setting up our kool aide stand throughout the summer months. I then took that money and bought beads and wire and made things with them and sold them all year long.. This sure brings back some memories.. Thanks for sharing.. Chery Schmidt 🙂
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    • Rich and Natasha Hazlett Says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your earliest entrepreneurial adventures- so neat!

      We loved this video too!

      – Natasha


  2. Daniel Says:

    I am so so glad I decided to read this article and I agree 100%. But I can relate to Rich in knowing he was going to be an entrepreneur. I have always worked for myself since being out of high school. From building homes, tile installation and now real estate and network marketing. And yea it gets hard especially having two boys 6 and 2 but I am closer than I have ever been to doing this solely thanks to you and the renegade team. Even though I feel like I keep hitting my head against a wall I also tell myself one day this wall will break!


    • Rich and Natasha Hazlett Says:

      We’re so glad you decided to read it too! ; ) We are just loving hearing about our reader’s entrepreneurial adventures! Sounds like I’m the late bloomer : )

      All you need to do is keep moving forward. The road to reaching the huge goals you set for yourself is bumpy and things can frustrating at times. Those are the battle wounds that an entrepreneur must endure. You’ve got a fabulous support system and you WILL have a major breakthrough this year so long as you keep moving forward!

      See You at the Top!


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