Personal Responsibility and Academic Success

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In this paper, I will define what personal responsibility is to me and the role it plays in academic success. In my thesis statement, I state that personal responsibility starts from within. Its takes discipline and a willingness to do what you feel needs to be done. Failure or success in whatever you choose to do or not do in any area of life is based on your actions or inactions. The definition of personal responsibility varies in different cultures as well as with one person to the next. What it all boils down is doing what one feels is the right thing to do. So what is my definition of personal responsibility? To me, it is being accountable for your actions and all of the decisions you make throughout life. If the results turn out to be positive or negative, you have to live with them. It is also having that inner voice telling you when something is right or wrong, you listen to it. Whether people realized it or not, they were being taught what personal responsibility is simply from observing actions of family members and friends growing up. By this, I mean watching their parents going to work to provide for them and siblings even when they were exhausted, sick or just didn’t want to. Children depend on them for shelter, food and clothing and it’s the parent’s responsibility to ensure they receive it. What about those people who weren’t born into a family of means or power? I‘m referring to individuals who grew up in poverty, had discipline, were motivated and endured countless other obstacles to beat the odds against them. Vandeberg (2012) said “Both your successes and your failures are entirely in your hands”. It doesn’t get any clearer than that, but some may make the argument of being religious playing a significant role in their successes or failures. They often rely on prayer and faith to get them through the tough times. Vandeberg (2012) also stated that “Some spiritually or religiously minded folks might argue that God, or Goddess, or the Universe...
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