As far as more than a few online entrepreneurs are concerned, someone else seems to always be at fault. They blame others for the fact that their projects haven’t turned out as well as they had initially planned, they blame others for each and one of their flops as well as for the fact that they can never seem to catch a break. Is this really the way to go?
Let’s just say that for online entrepreneurs who seem to think that they are never at fault and are always finding other people to blame, success is not exactly around the corner. I’m sorry to break it to you, but you will be the only one losing out as a result of living in denial. Sure, you can choose hide in that fantasy world of yours, but your problems will not run away and you will, at a certain point, inevitably have to face them.
Wouldn’t the time you waste by trying to find other people to blame for the things which go wrong be better spent actually working towards changing the way they stand? Of course, you can blame another person whenever a certain project doesn’t turn out as well as expected, but in the end, you have to ask yourself: what will I have to gain? Two words: absolutely nothing.
Let’s face it: whenever you encounter difficulties with a certain project, you are always better off assuming responsibility for your actions, understanding what you did wrong, learning your lesson and trying your best in order to be sure that you never make a certain mistake again. You will never be able to improve if you don’t admit that you were wrong in the first place.
Making Mistakes Is Part Of The Game
There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes, it’s actually an important part of the learning process as long as you assume responsibility. But not admitting them will only have the fact that you will end up repeating the same mistakes over and over again as a result. And, while making a certain mistake is perfectly natural, repeating it time after time is just plain foolish on your part and proves the fact that you have had absolutely nothing to learn.
Whenever you make a certain decision, you have to assume responsibility and understand the fact that there is always a possibility of things going wrong. It’s all a matter of making calculated risks: you have to always analyze the risk vs. reward ratio and decide if the possible benefits you could be taking advantage ask justify the risks you would be facing. If you want to be successful, taking calculated risks is a must and when taking risks, you have to understand that things may not exactly turn out the way you wanted them to.
What About You?
Are you a person who assumes responsibility for his or her actions, are you a person who is not afraid to take calculated risks and is willing to take the blame for possible consequences or are you waiting for an inevitable reality check to change your way of thinking?
Author info: This is a guest post by Alan Johnson, who has identified The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Online Entrepreneurs over at TheRatingBlog.com.