I was sitting at a local restaurant trying to read a book in preparation for a meeting and a guy at the next table kept talking to me. He was an old guy talking about this watch he found and trying to return it to get a few dollars, which he obviously needed. Then he started talking about his Dad, then etc., etc.
He really didn’t care if I was paying full attention but I couldn’t help hearing him at the corner of my attention.
Then out of the clear blue he said, “If your books don’t balance, you can’t blame it on anyone else!”
All of a sudden all my attention went to that statement. I’m not sure why, but it seemed so out of place and as I considered the statement, I realized how profound it was.
“If your books don’t balance you can’t blame it on anyone else!”
Of course this is true at face value, but as I meditated on the wisdom of this simple principle, I realized it can apply to a lot of areas of our lives.
How often do I blame circumstances, how others have treated me, or just plain bad luck when things are not going my way; instead of taking personal responsibility for choices and decisions that I have made that put me in the situation?
Unfortunately, A lot!
I am going to purpose to live more by this principle of personal responsibility so that I can take control over my circumstances, make better choices and actually have a positive effect on the future.
So just remember, when life or business is throwing you a curve…
If your books don’t balance you can’t blame it on anyone else!