You Have a DUTY to Succeed?!?

March 7, 2011

Entrepreneur Development

I’m totally ashamed to admit there were times over the past 4 years, that I was SO frustrated with my business, that I almost threw my hands up and said…

“What’s the POINT of continuing?” “Even if I figure out how to make it work, no one will be able to do what I’ve done.

 

Heck, a couple of years ago, I was on the phone with people for HOURS at a time, telling them exactly what I was doing to succeed (in painful detail) but to my dismay— people still wouldn’t follow directions!

All I heard was excuse after excuse.

I felt like I was beating my head against the wall.

I felt like a failure.

I took some time off to get married and move across the country, but even when I came back to the industry late last spring, I had the same nagging feelings…

What difference could I make?

Is it all a waste of my time?

What’s the point in continuing?

As if he had been in my head all along, Mark Hoverson said something at the No Excuses Summitin Las Vegas that would change my life forever.

He said it was my duty to succeed.

I was dumbfounded.

For as much as I enjoyed helping others, when I took an honest look at my motivations, my own selfishness became painfully clear.

I was selfish for worrying about how I would feel if someone didn’t achieve the results I had achieved.

I was selfish for thinking that “I wasted my time” with people who were never going to put in the effort necessary to succeed.

I was selfish and self-centered for measuring other people’s success with my own yardstick.

The funny thing is, through all of this selfishness, I had actually convinced myself that I was some sort of do-gooder.
It wasn’t until I heard Mark say that it was “my duty” to succeed, that my purpose became clear.

I couldn’t quit because I was worried that some people wouldn’t do what it takes to succeed…I needed to keep going for the people who WOULD do what it takes to succeed.

Just as sure as quitting would keep the non-action takers out of my life, it would also deprive “action –takers” from the information they need to reach their goals.

It’s truly, the concept of the “Butterfly Effect”

In case you’ve never heard of it, the Butterfly Effect is a theory that a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.

The reason it’s called the “Butterfly Effect” is the notion that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The butterfly’s flapping wing is the “small change” in the complex system, which causes a domino effect of events leading to large-scale events like a tornado).

In just the past year, I’ve had more people that I would ever have imagined, telling me how I’ve touched their lives and their businesses. They may have heard some of the concepts I teach before, but the way that I explained them, make the concepts “crystallize” in their mind. Something as small as an email, started multiple relationships where I was able to help entrepreneurs who were stuck in a rut, have a crystal clear vision of a path to success.

A simple decision to attend a live event, led to friendships and partnerships that have affected our lives beyond our wildest dreams.

So, don’t think of your entrepreneurial success as a “Goal” or a “Wish”.

Think of it as a duty.

It is then that you will find the needed discipline to get headed in the right direction.

People are COUNTING on you! Every time you procrastinate, think of the people who are depending on you to get things done now.

Think of the lives that are waiting to be touched by YOU and let that spur you into action!

It doesn’t matter what your selling- someone else’s goods/services or your own.

Your success will touch another person (or a whole lot of people’s lives).

What would have happened if Abraham Lincoln decided to quit after the numerous political races that he lost?

Thomas Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at creating the light bulb…what would have happened if he didn’t undertake attempt number 1001?

27 Publishers rejected Dr. Seuss…how would your childhood or your children’s childhood have been different if Dr. Seuss didn’t try Publisher #28?

As entrepreneurs, we have a world to change…it’s our duty, after all.

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15 Responses to “You Have a DUTY to Succeed?!?”

  1. Robin Says:

    Natasha I really think you are a great writer. Everytime I read one of your blog post or articles on betternetworker they are really good. This one is no exception. I’m not just saying this. I see all that you do so please keep up the great work. Talk soon
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  2. Natasha Nassar Says:

    Thank you so very much Robin for such kind words! I absolutely LOVE writing-and this has been something I’ve been meaning to write about for awhile… (speaking of procrastination) 😉

    I will most definitely keep the articles coming! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it!

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  3. Stacia Hopkins Says:

    Natasha,
    Wow. Thank you for this. It reminded me of how important it is to keep pressing forward even when the going is super tough. (And when it seems like all your work is for nothing…).

    Thanks for the kick in the “but!”

    Stacia
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  4. Kim Steadman Says:

    It’s ironic that you would write about this topic. Did you know that on Sunday (Maybe it was Saturday) that your website showed it had expired? It went to the Godaddy page and said it was “pending renewal”. When I saw that, I thought to myself – OH NOOOO…SHE DIDN’T QUIT????

    This article makes me think that we all have an unseen army marching behind us. We are forging the way and leading them to the battle!

    Thank you, once AGAIN, for your insight! And yes, like Stacia mentioned – a “kick in the BUT” (NO more BUTS – just DO it!)
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  5. Thomas Chandler Says:

    All I can say is I am glad you made it your duty. Your duty help me through times that I felt like throwing it all away. Your duty – made it my duty not to give in. You duty helped fuel my passion.

    Thank you for your mentorship.

    You rock!

    Thomas

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  6. Natasha Nassar Says:

    @Stacia- Glad I could be the kick in the “But” ha ha ha. I can’t believe YOU would ever be discouraged…you’re such a positive shining star! Many lives will be touched by you, my young friend 🙂

    @Kim- Yea…was mortified yesterday morning to see my blog down! When I transferred my domain name to another account, they didn’t set the “automatic renewal”. Massive lesson learned- Auto Renew your main domain! Otherwise people may think you quit! Yikes!

    @Thomas- You are a truly exceptional and strong individiual. I know that God has tremendous plans for you!

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  7. Fontella Williams Says:

    Incredible post Natasha. When ever goals are self-centered, you will never attain true authentic success. Even if you do, it won’t be fulfilling, hence why it’s not authentic. True success always involves the betterment of others.
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  8. Sye Wells Says:

    Natasha, What a way to get the most of life-remembering the “duty to succeed”. At times, as business owners, we forget to keep the main thing the main thing.. we become short-sighted, maybe even a little distracted by roadblocks.

    As we grow, so does our influence, and the way it can have a profound effect on our community, clients, readers, and fans. You certainly have a positive message, great content, and a great value to the entire Business community. Thanks for sharing this article with us! You are incredible. xo Sye-
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  9. Jill Yacobucci Says:

    Wow! Great article! Loved it! Really made my “re think” my purpose of why I’m in this business.

    I agree with it “being our duty” to succeed. I’ve always said – The best way to help the poor is NOT be one of them!

    Thanks for the great article!

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  10. Ben Says:

    Natasha,
    This is one of the best articulations I’ve seen. I never really thought of it as a duty to succeed, but you are right; I’m not in business for those who don’t want to do this, I’m in business for those who want to do this.
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    • Natasha Nassar Says:

      Thanks so much Ben! It was a big epiphany for me too! With so many nay-sayers or “Debbie Downers” it’s hard to remember who you’re working for. This change in mindset was life-altering for me! 🙂

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