Personal responsibility is undoubtedly the most recognizable building block of success. It is the one characteristic that demonstrates to others that you offer a level of dependability revered in the business world. In the article “The Power of Accountability,” Linda Galindo (1998) suggests the importance of responsibility by stating, “Choose accountability and own your personal success and happiness” (p.18). While personal responsibility does not account for the actions of other, it does ensure direct accountability of one’s own success or failure.
The college journey requires multi-tasking, perseverance, and reliability to achieve success. Taking precise notes on various lectures, participating in group discussions, showing up to class on time, and returning to class promptly from lunch or breaks all demonstrate a level of personal responsibility. Undoubtedly, attaining true success in a course will take more than performing the basics. Since passing a class depends primarily on the student, it is important to pinpoint any scholastic difficulties that you encounter, maintain a proactive role in ensuring that your instructor is aware of the problem, and work toward a path that will assist you in overcoming the issue at hand. This again demonstrates how taking personal responsibility can have a positive outcome in a challenging situation.
Being a responsible student does not end after leaving the classroom. Completing school activities outside of the class room may involve studying, research, and planning that require a certain level of resolve. When working as a group, personal responsibility plays an extensive role in the group dynamic. Assigning deadlines, allocating assignments to individuals of the group, ensuring that tasks are complete, and communicating with each group member stresses how individual accountability can contribute to the success of the group.
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