Personal Responsibility

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Gen /200: Foundation for General Education and Professional Success|

University of Phoenix

February 20, 2012
Authored by: Renee Jackson
University of Phoenix

February 20, 2012
Authored by: Renee Jackson

Personal Responsibility is something many of us will either run from or accept. According to Kimberly Alyn (2010), “Personal Responsibility is becoming more and more scarce in our society. People want to blame everyone else for everything that goes wrong....creating a lack of trust ….as well as lack of respect” (p. 76). It is also has the power to change the lives of others as well as our own. However, one important fact about personal responsibility, we must be willing to accept the consequences that go along with our decision to either blame others for our actions or we can accept them. When I was reading my morning devotion by Joyce Myers (2012), she stated, “You can be filled with pity or full of power. Stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for you/our actions/behavior.” This statement speaks volumes on just how many of us will either blame others for our actions; or accept responsibility and the consequences as the result of what we have done and learn from them. For example, when I decided to return to school to make a career change, I considered the consequences and impact it would have on both me and my family. I had to accept the challenge of devoting the time to complete every assignment in a timely manner, logging on to participate in the discussion questions, and making sure that the work submitted is acceptable. I made decided not to give up no matter how challenging it became. This is the attitude I had to develop that will ensure and determine my success in completing this goal. Prior to starting class at the University, I received phone calls from my academic, enrollment and financial advisors who all touched basis on what my responsibilities as a student would be. They also stressed the importance of informing them immediately if there were any problems which would stand in my way of successfully completing my academic responsibilities. Once I started class, one of our assignments was to write a paper on personal responsibility. After starting to write the paper, I noticed the name of the course corresponded with the name of the paper. Ironically the name of my first course was entitled Foundation for General Education and Professional Success. Over the course of five weeks, the instructor would ask us a series of discussion questions that would focused on the different aspect of personal responsibility and the major role it would play in both our academic and professional lives. For example, one my classmates touched basis on the saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know in the corporate world that will determine your advancement”. Sadly enough, there are people who have advanced up the corporate ladder that way. The one’s who hire them are not aware of the consequences of having someone who’s not professionally competent in a position. It end result can be detrimental on the company, co-workers and everyone involved. In the end, I learned that a person’s level of ethical standards will determine their success in both areas and they both go hand-in-hand. No one can achieve professional competence without achieving academic success. Another quote that I love by Joyce Myers (2012) states, “You can make yourself accountable or you will be made accountable by the circumstances you create.” There are consequences for every decision we make, whether it is good or bad. It is those decisions, whether we chose to accept the consequences or not which will have an impact on those around us. In an article featured in The Journal of Business Ethics by Professor Simon Robinson entitled The Nature of Responsibility in a Professional...
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