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Personal Responsibility Really Matters
Eduardo Almeida
GEN/200
March 31, 2014
Heather Bartlett

Abstract

Personal Responsibility Really Matters
My father once told me “you must have integrity to be successful at the things you want in life; your responsibilities exemplify, who you are, what you do, and the effects you will on your loved ones”(R E Almeida, personal communication, May 25, 1997).
Even though there is no correct way to institute personal responsibility, personal responsibility allows us to respond to life in certain ways because personal responsibility determines the principles and rules to conduct ourselves by and therefor priorities and accountability are emphasized by personal responsibility.  

I glance at personal responsibility and ask myself, “Is my own definition of responsibility any different from society’s view or the dictionary’s version?”   Merriam Webster (1943) suggests responsibility is an individual with the liberty to choose for themselves whether right or wrong. Personally, I view and define responsibility as a set of ethical duties, perspectives, and standards for which they allows us to function and respond to our obligations in life through certain behaviors that can overcome tribulations and adversity.   I believe there are countless methods that exemplify just how to encounter uncertainties regarding accountability.   A certain industrialist put it best when he said, “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty” (John D. Rockefeller JR., 2014).   One way is, take direct charge of the priorities you set forth, set clear and defining goals, establish parameters so you don’t overwhelm yourself, and ultimately acknowledge your liberties and decisiveness to construct our own actions.   Remember that no one but us attain the rights to execute a choice and the option to act upon the choices we take.   I as an individual decide the approach and identify the...

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