September 19, 2011
The Concept of Personal Responsibility
The concept of personal responsibility can be defined in many ways, especially when it comes to different areas in life. Some of those areas are socially, personally and financially, all of which being personally responsible are equally important. And even though certain obstacles may sometimes veer an individual away from being personally responsible, personal responsibility is simply acknowledging that one is solely responsible for their choices in life because being personally responsible is the ticket to a life of achievement and success and being personally responsible will ultimately keep an individual motivated and happy. According to Ellis (2011), “The first step technique is simple: Tell the truth about who you are and what you want. Urging you to tell the truth sounds like moralizing, but there is nothing moralizing about a First Step. It is a practical, down-to-earth way to change behavior.” (p. 25). Making good choices in life from a social, personal and financial perspective is truly where it starts and being honest with yourself and the choices you make truly is key to being personally responsible. Being socially responsible deals primarily with the obligation an individual has to act in such a way that benefits the society as a whole. It also deals with individuals behaving sensitively and ethically towards different issues in life and throughout the world. Ethics is most often described as a standard of conduct that ultimately defines whether an individual is socially responsible. An individual who has good ethics and therefore also practices proper ethical behavior in life will clearly know the differences between good and bad or right and wrong. And most often, the act of honesty where it relates to being socially responsible can be closely tied with the act of proper ethical behavior, which combined make...