An old bud sends me a note today announcing his new network marketing site. There, they quote my old friend, Art Jonak:
Today I heard Art Jonak say, “The height of maturity is taking full responsibility for where you are today.”
Two thoughts as I read this. Does it seem to you that is this directed at folks who are not where they want to be (yet) or – folks you know who are not where you wish them to be?
Now, imagine someone making this same statement – but this time to a room with only self-made folks making millions per year. The handfuls of Wall Street executives to computer builders to top preachers and NMers. That’s perhaps 1-2 percent of all of us.
Wouldn’t the same words “I have all this because I took responsibility” suddenly seem arrogant and vain?
And often, after attaining great wealth based on intense self-effort, that is the time some wildly successful people credit others. “God gave me my money,” said John D. Rockefeller at the end of his life.
Clearly, taking responsibility may be a good and necessary step. (Although even ‘necessary’ is not always so. Look at top NM folks who literally bumped into someone early in their NM career. And that someone turned out to build a huge organization. Without any help from the sponsor. That was Jeff Olson in NSA. He built a huge business and the gal who sponsored him had no role in his business. It’s the story of one of the top NuSkin folks who has 95% of his giant business under one person. She built it, he didn’t. That’s not unusual.
Still, taking responsibility is a good thing. But it is not a sufficient thing for big success.