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Personal Responsibility 101

Robbing a child of the pain of disappointments, failures, and pain is cruel.  When they are old enough to begin to venture into the world of reality as a teen and young adult, they can be shocked when no one is there to “fix it”, “confront the mean boss man”, or do the job so that the young snow flake doesn’t have to be responsible.  The parents that are most effective give their children tasks and hold them accountable.  The child is expected to do their work, complete their assignments, and correct anything done in error.  If that is learned in childhood, they are much more prepared to excel in life.  Here are some people that spoke about being responsible …..

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher.

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt.
We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

We remember the name, Andrew Carnegie.  His accomplishments in business were stellar. He was reared to be responsible and that trait was manifested in his teens.

In his youth, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the famous steelmaker, worked for Thomas A. Scott, the local superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Carnegie was employed as a telegrapher, secretary, and a person with various duties in the office.  His pay was $35 a month.

One morning a serious railroad accident delayed the passenger trains and shunted freight trains onto the sidings, unable to move in either direction.

Scott could not be located, so Carnegie plunged into the breach; knowing what had to be done, but also aware that an error could cost him his job and perhaps criminal prosecution.

He signed Scott’s name to the orders and got the trains moving with no mishaps.

When Scott arrived at the office, Carnegie told him what had happened. Scott carefully looked over everything that the boy had done and said nothing. “But I noticed,” Carnegie said, “that he came in very regularly and early for work for some mornings after that.”  (Copied).

A person can get a reputation that stays with them for life.  One who is self-motivated, conscientious, dedicated, consistent, and responsible moves up quickly with those that employ him/her.  Sometimes, in our biases, we can group people as being “responsible or irresponsible” because of our experience dealing with “examples” from various regions in our country.

An airline pilot flying over the southeastern U.S. called the local tower and said, “We are passing over at 35,000.  Give us a time check.” The tower said, “What airline are you?” “What difference does it make? I just want the time.” replied the pilot. The tower responded, “Oh, it makes a lot of difference. If you are American, it is 1600. If you are United or Delta, it is 4 o’clock. If you are Southern Airways, the little hand is on the 4 and the big hand is on the 12. If you are Skyway Airlines, it’s Thursday.”   (Copied).