They take full responsibility for everything, even the things seemingly out of their control. There is an important reason for this.
I’m reading a great book from the famous oil man, J. Paul Getty, who was named “The richest man in the world.” I picked up the book because it’s the only book listed in Amazon above mine with the many similarly titled books—How to be Rich.
His book was first published by Playboy Magazine in 1965. What caught my attention was even back then people were using the same excuses as today.
“It has long been fashionable—if not downright mandatory—to bemoan lack of opportunity and the stifling of free-enterprise capitalism. ‘Confiscatory taxation,’ ‘excessive labor costs,’ ‘unfair foreign competition’ and ‘creeping socialism’ are the ‘causes’ most often cited for what doom-mongers would have us believe is the imminent disintegration of the American Free Enterprise System.”
What’s so intriguing about Getty’s observation is that people were using these excuses in 1965, before they were nearly as justifiable as they are today. Yet people were prospering in 1965, even with those challenges, just as they are today.
When you place blame is you relinquish control, but when you accept responsibility, you have the power to find a solution.
There will be challenges. You should expect obstacles beyond your control, but you decide how you will react to them. When presented with roadblocks, you have two choices.
- Make excuses and give up
- Accept responsibility and find a way around, over, or through them
It’s perfectly normal to be frustrated and spend time wallowing and venting, but get back on track, take responsibility, and press forward.
It’s your choice how you react to life. Whether you reach success or failure—it’s 100% your fault.