What Will Smith Can Teach You About Responsibility

When it comes to accountability, I see two types of people.

There are those that always look to blame others for everything that happens to them.  Then there are those that blame themselves for everything.  They accept responsibility for everything…even when it’s clearly not their fault.  I don’t see this as being a martyr.  I see this as being a learner.

Will Smith falls in the second group.  Most truly successful people do.  I saw this video yesterday that illustrated this point.  You can watch it here.

In the video, Will talks about his transition from junior high to high school.  He went from a catholic school to a public school and decided to make a splash.  In doing so, he made an enemy.   Later that day, the kid assaulted Will.  He hit him over the head with lock…and was taken away in handcuffs.  The young Will Smith watched the other boy being taken away from the school in handcuffs.

So how did Will react?  What was his takeaway?   Even as a young man, Will realized he played a part.  He had an influence in how this played out.  He took the lesson and learned. That’s the message here.   The most successful people I meet take responsibility for everything.  They look for the lesson in every situation.  They see that they have the ability to influence nearly everything in their life.

As I said before, this is not about being a martyr.   It’s about NOT being a victim.   It might not be your fault.  But it is your responsibility.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.