With my thoughts clearly focused on the year ahead, and specifically the unprecedented financial challenges and economic uncertainty we’ll be facing, I find myself reflecting upon the following by Albert Einstein…
“Let’s not pretend that things will change if we keep doing the same things. A crisis can be a real blessing to any person, to any nation. For all crises bring progress…
Creativity is born from anguish, just like the day is born from the dark night. It’s in crisis that inventive is born, as well as discoveries, and big strategies. W is ho overcomes crisis, overcomes himself, without getting overcome. Who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent, and is more respectful to problems than to solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis…
The greatest inconvenience of people and nations is the laziness with which they attempt to find the solutions to their problems. There’s no challenge without a crisis. Without challenges, life becomes a routine, a slow agony. There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch. To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead…
Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.”
– Albert Einstein
What must we do as entrepreneurs, small business owners, franchisees, and restaurant operators responsible for moving our businesses forward? The key thought here is, responsibility. Responsibility for the business, for our employees, for our client & customers, and yes, responsibility for success.
Oxford Languages defines, responsibility as:
The state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone; “a true leader takes responsibility for their team and helps them achieve goals”
Additional explanations include:
Responsibility means you do the things you are supposed to do and accept the results of your actions. A responsibility: something you are expected to do. Being responsible: doing the things you are supposed to do.
Some common synonyms of responsible are accountable, amenable, answerable, and liable. While all these words mean “subject to being held to account,” responsible implies holding a specific office, duty, or trust.
Responsibility is important because it provides a sense of purpose, in addition to building resilience amidst adversity on an individual and societal level. Like an addiction, sidestepping responsibility may feel good in the short-term, but leads to exponentially worse pain and suffering in the long term.
Responsibility is accepting what is required and carrying out the task to the best of your ability. Responsibility is carrying out duties with integrity. When one is responsible, there is the contentment of having made a contribution. As a responsible person, I have something worthwhile to offer — so do others.
And one more that I find very relevant especially as I write quite often about mental health awareness:
In essence, personal responsibility helps you take control of your choices and your own perceived reality. Personal or individual responsibility is crucial because it helps you regulate your life properly and prevents you from derailing your mental and physical health.
My primary goal for 2023 is to make a difference in the lives of people I already know or will meet for business or otherwise. Whether it be a small task or a larger project or an impromptu lunch or even just a phone call, I want people to realize the value of the time we spend together and as such, the value of further developing our relationship. As Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
Of course, I don’t expect value to be realized without positive results. To that end, I fully expect to earn the perspective and opinion I’m striving to achieve, learning from and correcting mistakes I’ve made in the past. And yes, accepting responsibility for those mistakes and being responsible to remedy pain caused by those mistakes.
As well, and to Einstein’s points about crises, I accept responsibility for driving my organization forward, and especially for those that depend upon my doing so including our clients, our strategic partners, my business partner, and my family. I accept responsibility for my own personal well-being, both physical and mental for me AND for those that rely on me to be the best that I can be in all that I do.
Pandemic. Inflation. Economic uncertainty. Recession. Sure, they’re all real challenges, crises in their own right, but they cannot be used as excuses. Einstein’s statement bears repeating, “Who blames his failure to a crisis neglects his own talent, and is more respectful to problems than to solutions. Incompetence is the true crisis…”
Moving forward, I accept responsibility that the buck stops with me.
Have a great New Year. Make it happen. Make it count!