Playing your part; accountability; looking after yourself
In a cooperative situation, where people are cooperating together to achieve a common
goal, then there are a number of parts to be played, and each part falls to a particular
If someone fails to play their part, then we say they are shirking their responsibility,
or letting the side down.
In a cooperative situation, it is human nature to commit, and to be expected to commit,
to see the project through to completion unless we explicitly “take leave” and take
steps to properly untangle ourselves from it.
Responsibility for your actions
This often goes together with playing one’s part in a cooperative situation, in that
we owe it to the other participants to take ownership and responsibility for our
actions and how these relate to our commitment to those other people. We are expected
to show that we have willingly played our proper part.
We are all the authors of our own actions. It is us that does them. Taking responsibility
for one’s actions means to consider the effect they have on others, and, to a proper
degree, to take ownership of the consequences and the responsibility to put right
Take responsibility for your life
Look within and find your own power. Place the “locus of control” within yourself.
A worthwhile existence lies in playing whatever cards life has dealt you as skilfully
as you can.
Naoki Higashida – “Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight”