If we want to succeed as leaders and business people, we have to take responsibility for everything that happens in our lives. Human nature is such that people tend to blame others for failure, or to justify or complain about circumstances. But we need to overcome this tendency if we want to grow and succeed in our careers and become wealthy and happy.
Admitting that we are wrong hurts our ego, and this stokes our fear of being regarded as incompetent or stupid. However, this fear is unfounded. In fact, those who are quick to take responsibility for their actions, as well as their organization’s, earn the admiration and respect of the people they work with. For one thing, it takes great courage to own what goes wrong.
I’d like to share this TedX talk by former SEAL and author Jocko Willink about “Extreme Ownership” to illustrate how not blaming others or finger-pointing can lift one’s own leadership and integrity and build a solid foundation for success. (Just click on the highlighted words.)