Personal Responsibility and Career Success

Chris Widener is a well know career success expert.  He writes a blog called Made for Success.  In a recent post he made this point…

“We must take responsibility for our life and understand that we can, and will, achieve whatever we ourselves choose to.”

This reminded me of the career advice in Tweet 21 in my career success book Success Tweets.   “You’re in charge!  Commit to taking personal responsibility for creating the life and career success you want and deserve.”

You demonstrate your commitment to your career success – to yourself and to the world – by doing three things.  First, take personal responsibility for your career success.  Only you can make you a career success.  You must be willing to do the things necessary to succeed.  Second, set high goals – and then do whatever it takes to achieve them.  Third, stuff happens; as you go through life you will encounter many problems and setbacks.  You need to react positively to the negative stuff and move forward toward your goals, dreams and career success.

Those days in which you have a lot to do, and you get it all done, are not only satisfying; they demonstrate your commitment to your career success, and they help strengthen that commitment.  I wrote this post on a plane on a Friday night.  It was about 8:00 in the evening.  I’d been up since 5:00 because I needed to finish an important project for one client before I spent the day working with another.  I had a full, but very satisfying, day.  I felt a sense of satisfaction because I demonstrated to myself that I’m willing to do the things necessary to succeed.

On the other hand, I had a bout with the flu last winter.  It left me feeling weak and tired.  I spent all of a Monday afternoon and a good part of the following Tuesday morning in bed.  It couldn’t be helped.  I needed to get my strength back.  By Tuesday afternoon, I was feeling physically better, but emotionally drained.  I felt as if I hadn’t moved forward toward my goals.  I didn’t get anything done for about 24 hours – and I hated it.  Even though I was sick, I felt as if I had lounged around and done nothing for a day and a half.

George Bernard Shaw is my favorite playwright.  Here is one of his most famous quotes…

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

I know that I want my life to be a splendid torch that burns long and brightly.  That’s why I choose to commit to taking personal responsibility for my life and career success.  I have found that reveling in hard work is the best way to create the life and career success I want and deserve.  The same is probably true for you too.

The career success coach point here is simple common sense.  Commit to taking personal responsibility for creating life and career success you want and deserve.  Follow the career advice in Tweet 21 in Success Tweets.  “You’re in charge!  Commit to taking personal responsibility for creating the life and career success you want and deserve.”  Set high goals – and do whatever it takes to accomplish them.  React positively to the people and events in your life – especially the negative people and events.  Relish the days when you have a lot to do, and then go on and do it.  Take great satisfaction from working hard and seeing the results of your labor.  When was the last day when you were truly busy?  How did you feel at the end of it?  If you’re an achiever – someone who is committed to your life and career success – I bet you felt exhilarated and ready to go the next day.  That’s how I felt after a very long day that Friday.

That’s the career advice I take from Chris Widener’s thoughts on taking responsibility for your life.  What do you think?  Please share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks reading my daily musings on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you.

Bud

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