To Lead or to Follow?

To Lead or to Follow?
The Choice Is Ours!

Yvonne Nasch, CCIM, S.E.C.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the 1979 issue of the CCIM newsletter.

Think and choose wisely, for we are the masters of our fate. So, what will it be? If, out of comfort, we choose to follow, we may be pushed out of the way before we even realize it. The style of life we are familiar with is changing faster than we think. While we go along on the path of conducting business as usual, all aspects of ownership, free enterprise, and our bundle of rights are being attacked on many fronts: legislative, media, and press—“ecology,” courts, tenant unions, riot and boycott instigators, to name but a few. Therefore, if we want to protect our rights to real estate ownership and preserve our inheritance and that of future generations, we have to take a stand and do our share as individuals.

We all are, or attempt to become, successful in our field. Success though carries with it responsibilities, especially those of personal integrity, honesty, and leadership. Success does not mean only getting; it also means giving. As leaders, you have to set an example. Care about what is taking place and care about people other than yourself so that others may care about you. Give generously to the world and you will receive more than you gave.

Do not let things happen because they do not affect you. They are! What is happening to others today will shape your future tomorrow.

GET INVOLVED! Do not sit back and leave a vacuum. There will be too many who will rush in to fill it. The tyrants, the “hero” do-gooders, the misguided.

It is up to you not to let it happen. Help maintain a world that we may continue to be proud of. Do not get discouraged by the belief there is nothing that one single person can do. Each time you act, you can start building a current, which will grow and have an impact on the shape of events. I urge you all to make a strong commitment to thinking above and beyond self and participate actively in creating the future. President Clark Wallace feels that because so many of the bills being passed involve investment properties and urban renewals, we as members of the Investment Division should play an important role both in the legislative and political arena. He has asked us especially as successful, experienced, and articulate people in the investment field to participate actively in the RED ALERT PROGRAM.

There is an urgent need for action and adequate representation involving the entire spectrum of legislative–political involvement for bill reviews, personal contacts with local assemblymen, senators, and congressmen. Knowing our dedication, he hopes that each one will respond to this critical need. Do not be negative and apathetic but positive and active. Only if you are an active member together with other active cooperating fellow members can you achieve the necessary power to shape your destiny. So, ask yourself the following:

Are you an active member?

The kind that would be missed?

Or are you quite content that your name is on the list?

Do you ever take a stand for things you think are right?

Or leave the work to just a few and talk instead of fight?

Think it over member, you know what’s right and wrong.

Are you an active member, or do you just tag along?

Yvonne Nasch was the 1979 Investment Division Chairman and was a practicing Downey REAL TOR who held the National CCIM, as well as the S.E.C., R.E.C.I., and GRI designations. Nasch, who specialized in investments, exchanges, and estate planning, studied at the University of Munich prior to receiving her certificate in real estate from UCLA. She had the distinct honor of being the only woman in the United States to hold both the CCIM and S.E.C. designations, as well as being selected to the Hall of American Exchanges in 1977. A recipient of numerous awards in her field, she was a noted speaker and guest lecturer, has authored numerous articles for various professional magazines, and is published in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women” and “Personalities of the West and Midwest.”


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