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Taking Ownership and Responsibility Leads to Growth

It’s been a while. Seems like all these days, weeks, months, I am hibernating. I wake up every now and then, check up on myself if I am still sane (haha) and when I do, I speak my thoughts. So there, welcome back to my blog! Now, I will talk about what I learned just today – taking ownership and responsibility of your behavior dictates your growth.

Taking Ownership and Responsibility

I recently talked with a good friend and he shared his bad experience yesterday – a hit-and run accident. Well, this actually triggered me to write this post. Luckily, it only caused a small dent on his car. He tried to catch the driver who tried to run away after hitting his car. I could only imagine how clouded his mind with anger while talking to me about the experience. He really couldn’t take it! The next thing he knew he was driving too fast breaking the speed limit of a two-lane road and overtaking cars. He is still justifying that his actions are just a result of what that driver did to him, but does it really have to be that way? I’m not against running after the driver, but acting on impulse can potentially lead to danger. What if he meets another accident? Is it worth the chase? What happened to him was a clear example that anger and impulsivity go hand in hand.

This leads me to talking about taking ownership and responsibility. There are two types. First, own the issues brought to you. Second, own the decisions you make.

Own the issues brought to you…

What separates a leader from the rest is how he responds to people bringing their own issues to him. When someone approach us to bring up an issue, especially at work, and we realize that it is out of the scope of our job, what a normal person will do is to pass him to someone more knowledgeable about it. Next thing is to forget about it.

Jeff: Hi there! I need help. I want to have my aircon repaired.
Adrian: I'm sorry. I don't repair aircon.
Neill: I'm sorry. I don't repair aircon.
But, I know someone who does.
Would you like me to take you there?

But, what does a true leader do?

A true leader own the issues brought to him and redirects them to the other person if applicable. We could easily say, “It’s not my problem!”, but the magic is the action we make right after we say that. “Let me find somebody who can help you.” It doesn’t end there, he follows through to check if that someone really has his problem solved. That actually gets the job done.

If we are like this, there is a sense of fulfillment inside. We may not be the actual person who does the fixing, but the fact that we become the bridge for someone to solve his problem is fulfilling.

Own the decisions you make…

A lot of times we make plans for our lives. We make dreams and set goals. In whatever we are trying to accomplish, we need to be firm and succinct. However, most of us forget about this – learn from our own mistakes.

Be honest. Learn from your mistakes.

In every thing we do, we try to strive for perfection. But, perfection does not exist. When you are able to learn this, it makes it easier to accept that we all make mistake because it is part of our growth in this so-called life.

Run from your mistakes.

Try to justify them.

Pass the blame to others.

Sweep your mistakes under the rug.

Be humble. Take courage to admit when you are wrong. Also, do your best to make it right. Never make another mistake and layer it on top of the other.

Own your mistakes so that your mistakes will not own you.

This is how we grow and mature.

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July 3, 2020 9:38 am

Anger and impulse definitely go hand in hand. Learning to control both matters quite a bit, in so many ways.

July 3, 2020 7:36 am

Not nearly enough do people take ownership and/or responsibility. If I make a mistake, I own up to it!

Ivana Mearns
July 3, 2020 4:32 am

I definitely agree that being honest and learning from one’s mistakes is very important!

Marie Phillips
July 2, 2020 10:11 pm

This is critical to being able to function well in society. And it should be taught in the home as well as at school from a young age. If people just knew about how to own your life choices, life would be so much better.

July 2, 2020 7:24 pm

Admitting when you are wrong goes a very long way in the game of self awareness.

Gervin Khan
Gervin Khan
July 2, 2020 5:01 pm

Nice article and definitely learned a lot from this. Accepting your mistakes, learning from it and doing your best to make it right are some attributes of a person to become a good and a responsible leader.

Cristina Petrini
July 2, 2020 4:07 pm

Growing is making mistakes is exactly about our mistakes that we build ourselves.

July 2, 2020 10:37 am

I am a firm believer that we need to make mistakes in order to grow as people both in life and in business.

July 2, 2020 8:42 am

When we hold ourselves accountable and acknowledge our mistakes there is growth.

July 2, 2020 3:09 am

This post is so awesome! This is something that people too often forget. You have to own your successes, your mistakes, and everything in between. You can’t be successful if you try to skew yourself in your own mind.

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