Take Responsibility ! - THE BUSINESS PACKAGE


Monday, March 21, 2022

Take Responsibility !

School of Life  ...with Waheed Ogunjobi 

Today, we are drawing inspiration from the Millionnaires mindset. It relates a story about  President Harry Truman of the United States who had a sign on his desk that said: “The buck stops here”. 

What did he actually mean by that? What he meant by that was, as President, he did not have the option to pass the buck when it came to mistakes or failure. He was the boss and the buck stopped getting passed with him. 

Yes, the buck stops at the bosses' table. What stops at your own table. The result of the action you take in life stops at your table. The consequences of your decisions stops at your table. The end product of what you do and what you do not do stops at your table. The responsibility for your success or otherwise stops at your table. It is your life, own it! . You have no one to blame for your failure, the same way you have no one to praise for your success in life 

According to the Millionaires mindset, when it comes to the results of the decisions you make, don’t pass the buck. Everyone is happy to take credit for a successful outcome; as well they should if they were directly responsible for that success. That’s the easy part. The hard part is owning up to your own mistakes. 

There is somewhat of an inclination to try and blame someone or something else for a negative outcome. The most successful people fight that inclination and accept the blame for their mistakes as readily as they accept congratulations for their successes. They do so because they realize that being the captain of the ship means that all decisions start and end with you. If you happen to make a bad decision then you own that fact, tighten your belt and move forward armed with the knowledge on how never to repeat that mistake. This is a part of the process of growth. It is a process that demonstrates that the greatest opportunity arises from failure. By avoiding the repercussions of that failure, you also avoid the opportunity to grow as a leader and learn from your own mistakes. In other words, you condemn yourself to make that same mistake over and over. So, if and when you are faced with a bad business situation of your own making, don’t pass the buck. The buck stops with you. Accept that and move on.

So, today, I urge you to follow this advice. Take responsibility for your actions. Take responsibility for your life.

Tomorrow is another day.

Waheed Ogunjobi, Journalists, Writer, author and Public Affairs Analyst can be reached on 08035004741.

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