The Importance of Personal Responsibility

Paul Brodie

A few weeks ago I cut one of my fingers while stripping a wire with a utility knife. Who was to blame? The company that manufactured the knife? The company that manufactured the wire I was working with? Perhaps the manufacturers of the work gloves I was wearing that weren’t strong enough to protect my finger. Any one of those could take the blame, right? Certainly it couldn’t be me at fault for doing something sloppy and hurting myself, could it?

Action has attached to it reaction, or consequence. Some consequences are subtle, some are obvious. Some consequences are favorable, some are not. All actions have consequences and consequences can’t be avoided. Some times we might think we have circumvented consequences because they are not obvious. Or we might think this because through subsequent actions we have temporarily diverted a consequence. Whatever we think we have done, we have not…

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