What comes to your mind when you hear the word “responsibility’? What’s the first thing that pops-up to your mind? Duties? Authority? In-charge of something? Those are what we usually relate to the word “responsibility.”

What if we ask ourselves with these questions: Do you want responsibility? Are you responsible? You might pause for a moment to think. Why is that? It’s because responsibility is a difficult thing to do. It is a dreadful word—as people commonly wouldn’t accept responsibility. Some will not accept responsibility right away. They are forced to take that responsibility because they have no choice but to accept it. We like comfortability.

A student has a responsibility in his schooling; parents have a big responsibility to their kids; a boss has a responsibility to the employees; a driver has a responsibility to his passengers; a working employee has a responsibility to his work. Almost all of us are dedicated to a responsibility.

Then what are people afraid of? It’s because responsibility is accountability. If anything happens in your work, you’re the one who is responsible, or in-charge, and sometimes you’re the one to blame. This is the consequence of having a responsibility.

In a workplace setting, it’s so easy to point to someone’s responsibility, but what they don’t know is that the one who is always pointing fingers at others–is the person who didn’t know how to accept his fault or responsibility. That’s is a cowardly act of comfortability. There’s no work career growth from this. Therefore, if we’re given a responsibility, we should be bold and courageous enough to say “I’m responsible.”

Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it. Malcolm Forbes  

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