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If You Want All The Credit,
You Must Be Willing To Take All The Blame

Very seldom is anything accomplished because of one person's efforts. It takes a village, a team, or a few committed individuals supporting the effort. Unfortunately, some people don't want to share the credit with those who have supported them through the process. The problem with wanting to take all the credit is, to do so, we must be willing to also take all the blame too.

Funny how some people will take all the credit for an achievement that turns out great, but look to lay the blame on others when things don't turn out as planned. We have to decide early how we want to play it. If we don't want to share the credit, then we can't share the blame either. Taking all the credit means taking all the responsibility.

Eventually, those who support us and help us achieve our goals will grow tired of never getting credit for their contributions and will depart. When this happens, we won't have anyone to blame but ourselves. People want and need to be recognized for their contributions. Letting those who are responsible for making it possible for us to do the things we do is a sure way to guarantee we will continue to receive the support and help we need.

I have attended few award ceremonies where the person receiving the award did not acknowledge all those people in their life who made it possible. People thank everyone from their director to their dog. The wise person realizes that it takes more than individual effort to achieve in life. It takes a strong support structure to allow us to venture out into the world and make things happen. No one does it alone. There is no such thing as a self-made person. There are literally hundreds of people responsible for our evolution. We would not be where we are or who we are if it wasn't for all the people who have touched our lives.

Many people are ready to take the credit when things go well. Few are willing to step up and take the blame. Being able to take the blame as well as the credit is a sign of integrity and honor. Yes, we do deserve some of the credit for our accomplishments. We also deserve the blame when something does not turn out like we plan. Acknowledging the credit as well as the blame is a way of maintaining and building on our personal power.

Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD provides daily motivation, information and inspiration to thousands of busy self development enthusiast who want to stay focused and on track to their goals through her award winning e-zine 365 Days of Coaching. For a free report, "The Power of Daily Action - How to create more Wealth, Health and Happiness by Tapping Into the Power of Daily Action" go to

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