Wisdom-Trek / Creating a Legacy
Welcome to Day 329 of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.
This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom
The Buck Stops Here!
Thank you for joining us for our 7 days a week, 7 minutes of wisdom podcast. This is Day 329 of our trek. During the last two days, we hiked on a difficult trail that is precarious to navigate as we learned how to become comfortable with discomfort. Today we will extend that trail as we seek out what it means to have personal responsibility.
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We are broadcasting from our studio at The Big House in Marietta, Ohio. We have a lot of projects in and around the house for this weekend, so hopefully we will make good progress. One special event is the birthday celebration on Saturday of our oldest grandchild Paul as he turns 8 on the 25th. It is amazing how quickly the years rush by.
The whole space/time continuum really makes my head spin sometimes. What seems like a few days ends up being years, and the opposite is also true. That is why it is so important to make sure that we are accountable for investing our time wisely to have the greatest positive impact as we are living our legacy each day. One trend though that appears to be growing in our modern world is the lack of accountability, especially when it comes to personal responsibility. Maybe it has always been an issue, but it seems that fewer and fewer people are willing to be responsible for their own actions in life.
That is why today on our trek we will explore what it means when we hear the phrase…
The Buck Stops Here!
"The buck stops here" is a phrase that was popularized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who kept a sign with that phrase on his desk in the Oval Office. The phrase refers to the fact that the President has to make the decisions and accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions.
It should be no different for each of us. We are ultimately responsible for our decisions. In other words, if you’re a parent, it’s time to act like a parent. If you’re a leader, then lead. If you want to be treated as an adult, then act your age. If you’re a politician, remember you weren’t elected to merely show up; you have a job to do. And if you’re not happy with your standing in life, don’t fault others. Success and happiness begin and end with personal responsibility.
· Take Charge of Your Life
Personal responsibility puts you in the driver’s seat to make the most out of your life. You have the freedom to choose the direction that you want to take, determine the choices that you’ll make, and decide how hard you’re willing to work to achieve your goals. The key is to personally “own” your life, rather than abdicating the responsibility to others. The fruits of your efforts are yours as well, to keep or share, to invest or spend.
Personal responsibility shouldn’t be a burden. It’s a blessing when you assume complete responsibility for your life’s successes and failures. We will all have our share of both. Hard work and commitment are required. If you want to lose weight, start with diet and exercise. If you want money for retirement, begin with a getting out of debt and committing to saving. If you want to be successful, you must possess the knowledge, integrity, work ethic, and determination to win. There is no genie in a bottle and “your ship is not going to come in” unless you build it.
· Get Motivated
Life is not a spectator sport,