Stop Blaming – Take Responsibility

Unsuccessful people blame external circumstances; successful people internalize responsibility for their results. This represents a new way of thinking; a paradigm shift that is necessary for your progress. Until this shift takes place the unsuccessful continue to get more and more of what they don’t want, and (comically) it is never their fault. I came across the poem below a couple years ago and it illustrates what I am talking about. It’s one of my favorites.

-When the other fellow takes a long time, he’s slow.
-When I take a long time, I’m thorough.
-When the other fellow doesn’t do it, he’s lazy,
-When I don’t do it, I’m busy.
-When the other fellow does something without being told, he’s overstepping his bounds.
-When I do it, that’s initiative.
-When the other fellow overlooks a rule of etiquette, he’s rude.
-When I skip a few rules, I’m original.
-When the other fellow pleases the boss, he’s an apple polisher,
-When I please the boss, it’s cooperation,
-When the other fellow gets ahead, he’s getting the breaks.
-When I manage to get ahead, that’s just the reward for hard work


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