I’ve discovered ten phrases that can and will change our lives if we apply them. The next few articles will continue to cover some of these truths and hopefully give you a reason to think for a change as well.
In previous issues we have covered 1. All success or failure in life is based on two things, the people you meet and the books you read. 2. Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. 3. It’s not how much you make it’s how much you keep. 4. There aren’t any rules for success that will work unless you do. And now “I am 100% responsible.”
I admit this column has given me the opportunity to share some of my beliefs and I’m thankful for that opportunity. As I mount my soap box again I want to warn you that this one may crush a few toes. I believe I am responsible for my actions, my failures, my choices, and my success. Of course the success part is also greatly due to others putting their faith in me because of . . . my responsibility. All this may seem like double talk so let’s make it simple. I had a horrible childhood, my parents were terrible, my grandparents were my only good role models. So that means I can complain about my problems the rest of my life and blame it on my parents. NO, it doesn’t. My parents were responsible for their actions and so am I. I don’t have to follow in their foot steps. I can choose a new path. In other words, you won’t be seeing me on Jerry Springer blaming my problems on someone else. And neither should you.
Our American culture and American media have become proficient at passing the blame buck to someone else. That’s what most of the silly lawsuits are all about. Thankfully, the lady that spilled coffee in her lap and sued McDonalds lost the case on appeal. Yes, there really is justice out there. Except for the fact that the lawyers got rich off McDonalds all because one lady couldn’t admit see was responsible for what she puts in her lap. There I am on that soap box again.
Now it’s time to discover the wisdom in this responsibility statement. If I realize I’m responsible for my success I will do the work necessary to make it happen. I don’t believe I’m going to meet the person that will “discover” me and offer me a big show in Hollywood. I don’t believe it UNLESS I’m willing to put myself in front of that person and appear “discoverable.” It simply means exactly what it says, “you are responsible for your actions and your success.” If you want success then take a look at your actions.
And finally a note about these articles. I fully admit that these are my opinions and I enjoy sharing them. But I want you to have the option to share too. If you agree write me, if you don’t agree, write me, if you think I should give my magazine space to someone else, write me. Let me know if these ramblings are helpful or otherwise. I look forward to hearing from you.