An individual can’t take responsibility for things that other people or out-of-control circumstances do to him.
Of course, he must always take responsibility for circumstances that he brought on himself.
Certainly, it is a person’s responsibility to take appropriate corrective action in either situation – to the extent that’s possible.
We all encounter problems and setbacks in the course of our lifetime. It seems to me the key to success is to confront these problems with appropriate corrective action.
The most important thing is to never accept defeat – to get up when you’re knocked down – to dust yourself off and move forward.
Back in 1941, Winston Churchill memorably declared, “”Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
Although unconfirmed, similar sentiments are attributed to America’s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge:
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom and interests – and to defend the Judeo-Christian American-Way.
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