Quality Blog


The Secret to Success: Accountability

June 24, 2013
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
We’ve written about success many times in this blog in terms of what it takes to be successful.  The reason is so many people want to be truly successful and are seeking advice and direction.  Certainly this likely will not be the last time we focus on this important subject.

Before reading on take a moment to ask, “What is the real secret to success - one that has been proven, time and time again, to bring true personal and professional fulfillment?”  The answer is, as renowned radio personality Paul Harvey said, “the rest of the story”.

Through the years, there have been many stories and anecdotes about people who searched for the secret to success. The secret to success is much like the secret of life which, according to the late psychiatrist, Dr. David Viscott, is there is no secret.  I agree with Viscott.

It is hard work, determination, and effective thinking backed up by persistent action, that brings about success.  There is no magic lantern, winning lottery ticket, or silver bullet.

You might have wanted a better answer but I bet, you knew it all along. Didn't you?  The purpose of life is to discover and develop our own unique gifts, whatever they may be.  The meaning of life comes from sharing our gifts with others whereby leaving a legacy.

Pretty simple, huh?  The key to all this, the glue that holds it together and allows you to create something truly wonderful is accountability - or responsibility, if you prefer.

While it is true that many things that have happened to you are not your fault, you didn't cause them, in every case you chose to react in your own way. Of course, accepting responsibility for your reactions means you have to stop blaming others for your problems, but it also empowers you to change what you need to change and move on.

I read somewhere that stated, "It is not what name others call you that matters, but what name you respond to that truly determines who you are." Bottom-line, you are the master of your own destiny and hold the key that unlocks the secret to success.

Think about it.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Podcasts

 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine

CoverImage

2014 July

Check out the July 2014 edition of Quality Magazine for features!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

The Biggest Obstacle/Concern?

In the current economic and business climate, what is the biggest obstacle/concern to your job?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

eNewsletters

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png