Success is simply the result of hard work and persistence, right? Wrong! You earned your success, but you had some help along the way. Hear Dr. Todd's take on why service isn’t an option, it’s an obligation.
(upbeat music) (upbeat music) - You know, people really like simple answers to complex problems. Take success for example, one of my favorite topics. Most people think that success is simple. It's just about working really hard. You know, there's a lot more to it.
I mean, think about it. You've got to understand goals, persistence, communication skills. It's just not that simple, is it? So, here's something really huge. I want you to think about all of the assets that you were given at birth, and all of the things that other people did for you along your journey. I mean, let me pick on myself. I'm tall, 6'4. It's nice. Did you know that height is related to social status across many different cultures? That's wonderful, but I didn't earn it.
I mean, I'm smart, but I didn't earn that. I was born white, that can be useful. Didn't earn that. LinkedIn discovered me instead of somebody else, and you know what, I didn't earn that, either. I was born into a pretty good family in a really nice neighborhood, above poverty, et cetera, et cetera. That's just good fortune. All of these factors together helped create a person who was clearly college-bound, and that's a place where I met so many interesting professors and other people, people who had a great influence on my life.
(upbeat music) I mean, I could go on, but I think you get the point, and a version of this applies to you, too. That's why service isn't an option, it's an obligation. The universe reached out and helped you in all kinds of ways. That's why the only response is to give back. Buy someone a needed resource, or be a coach or a mentor. Write someone an encouraging note, or just make a phone call and try to connect, and help someone feel a little more motivated.
There are a million options for giving back. Every time you see one of your close connections, think about how you can help them. No, even better, think about asking them how you can help them. Professionally, I help people understand and relate to other people effectively. But you know what, I give back, too. Every single day I have a chance on email, a telephone call, or in person, to help someone informally understand their colleagues, or maybe their boss, so their professional relationships are even better.
Look, I believe you when you say that you earned your success. I think I did, too. But now you know, there's more to it, isn't there?