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Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. And accept some responsibility. Please.

September 8, 2010

I’m not exactly sure if it’s something in the air or water or what, but lately, there’s a lot of, “That’s not my fault.” “I’m not sure how that could have happened.” “Make sure you get someone else to sign off on it because otherwise it’s our responsibility.”

Oh my gosh. Not that. Heaven forbid we take responsibility for our actions. For our opinions. For our work. *Scoff.*

Seriously, people?

Take Some Responsibility

We all make poor decisions. It’s how we respond to them that matters.

We all make mistakes. It’s how we learn from them that matters.

We all make judgment calls on a daily basis. It’s how we take responsibility for them that matters.

We’re human. We’re not infallible. We do the best we can. We strive for 110% every single day. And if and when a mistake pops up, we accept it. Own up to it. And move on.

We have to. This is how we learn, change, improve. This is how we better ourselves. This is how great leaders are separated from people simply in leadership roles. There’s a difference.

So, the next time you fall, pick yourself up. Dust yourself off. And accept some responsibility. Then, use that knowledge to make a change for the better, avoid that mistake next time and enhance your leadership skills.

Agree or disagree? Drop me a comment, and let me know.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ann Thuline permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:23 pm

    Hey Lo! This blog is so incredibly wise. You speak the truth. How did my one of my best friends since the 2nd grade get to be so insightful? I’m so lucky to learn from you. Keep the great blogs comin’. It helps to keep us all moving forward. Yee-haa. Bye!

    • September 9, 2010 6:16 am

      And comments like this help keep me going! Thanks for taking the time to read, the time to comment, and the time for being such a great friend, Ann!

  2. Katie permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:00 pm

    Ann, I totally agree; I think we have good taste in friends! ; ) Laura, I find your writing inspiring, eloquent, and thought provoking. You have to publish!

    • September 10, 2010 5:36 am

      Man, you guys are the best! Thanks so much for the comment, Katie, and right back at you both — you’re great, smart, super-fun friends!

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