Recently, I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about certain cars that receive more than their share of traffic tickets! They went on to identify the cars such as Mercedes Benz 500SL convertible, Toyota Camry Solara convertible, and Scion TC. The article questions if it is the car or the driver. It is definitely the driver, the person who decides to buy the car is the decision maker whether to speed, go through a red light or park illegally. What kind of person breaks the law?Personal Choices, excuses, reasons, When I cross the street at a light, I am fairly confident that people will stop for that red light, but I look anyway. I am cautious, because I do not want to be a victim. What kind of person always blames other people for their mistakes? How are these two thoughts similar? It is similar because it is taking responsibility for your own actions.
You know these people! Sometimes it is you! You are in center field of the important baseball game, a hit is coming toward you, and you miss it. Instead of saying, I missed catching the fly ball, you say the sun was in your eyes. That was just an excuse! Somewhere you got away with giving an excuse rather that accepting responsibility. Is this any different from the financial crisis? The bankers were blamed for not checking the borrowers’ credit, but should the borrower be off the hook? The message is clear! You can blame someone and relieve yourself of the responsibility. That is crap! Personal responsibility is an important part of your integrity. A definition of integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. The important word is consistency! So many people complain about the government, yet a small percentage of eligible voters vote. I guess we get what we deserve! You can learn a lot from your mistakes. If we all take responsibility for our actions, this would be a much better world. If you like this article, please subscribe.
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