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Taking Responsibility is Essential for Successful Entrepreneurship
By Galit Zamler

aking responsibility for encouraging successful entrepreneurship

Michael Jordan: "I missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, I lost more than 300 games, 26 times I was asked to take the last shot and I missed it, I failed again and again in life. And that is the reason I succeed."

The way to successful entrepreneurship is often accompanied by mistakes. Recognizing the mistake and taking responsibility help the entrepreneur to learn lessons and eventually succeed.

From an early age, we can educate children to take responsibility. Our first inclination is to look for guilt, so the little boy who can't find his toy tends to blame the people around him, but if he had returned the toy to its place, he would easily find it.

Therefore, if we learn to take responsibility for what happens in our lives, we can fix and improve our situation

Taking responsibility for what happens to us in life

The entrepreneur:

Takes responsibility for his actions and the results, because only if we recognize our responsibility for the actions and results will we have the ability to get better, move forward and achieve success.

Take responsibility

Some people look for someone to blame when bad things happen to them.

If we do that, what message do we pass to the kids? After all, we used them as a model.

When I think and say that I failed because of someone or something, it means that I did not take responsibility for my failures, because I blame someone or something else for my situation, even if it is not a person.

Blaming anyone else in our situation indicates a lack of faith in our ability to be responsible for our fate and our success.

However, when we succeed, we attribute the success to us and to our efforts. When we succeed, we should check how we did it and draw conclusions, so that we can repeat the success in the future. The Israeli Air-Force pilots do it as well, after each flight exercise they have an intervention and discuss whether the practice was successful or not, in order to improve performance in the future.

An example from kid's world:

When a child succeeds in an exam, even if we are satisfied, we should find out what brought him to success, to let him know what he must do to keep being successful in the future. In the same way, when a child fails the exam, we will help him find out the reasons why so that he can do better in the future.

An example from adult's world:

Batya [pen name] looked for a job and found one, she was very happy about that and she talked about it with her friends. A week later, she was fired. Batya complained and said: I have had the evil eye, but a brief conversation with her revealed the following findings:

*She was late for work twice in the first week [of course she had good reasons for that, in her opinion].

*The first week was defined as an attempt week.

*She has already argued with her manager [she, of course, thinks she is right].

The recommendation for Batya: take responsibility for your actions, even if you think you are right. If you do not deduce conclusions, you may repeat the same mistakes, and again you will find yourself fired.

The video below, taken from one of the Rocky movies, conveys well the message of taking responsibility for what happens in your life, even if you have difficulties, and the message of believing in yourself.

Recognizing the mistakes:

We have all experienced in our life's failures with the successes. The way we treat our failures will greatly affect our ability to deal with them, overcome and succeed.

Denial of failure or mistakes will not encourage success, so from a young age, we should serve as a guiding hand for children to be able to recognize their errors, but make them understand that they have the ability to repair, improve and be successful.

There are mistakes that children and especially teenagers perceive as irreparable and then they despair. Education for taking responsibility and dealing with mistakes encourages children to solve their problems and be optimistic.

The entrepreneur:

Recognizes the mistakes, learns from them, forgives himself and gets better. Because if not, he will stay stuck and will not advance.

Each of us makes mistakes. The mistakes are part of the action because there is a reason for this saying: Who has not made mistakes - has not made.

An example from the entrepreneurship world:

Many entrepreneurs said that they made mistakes when they started, but those mistakes do not prevent them from continuing until their success. Assaf Naaman Hillel, business consulting entrepreneur for building a business online, said: When I first started, I made many mistakes, but with the experience came the altitude.

When it comes to kids:

How should we perceive the mistakes of the kids, and how can we make them catch a mistake?

When a child makes a mistake, does he realize he made a mistake? As educators, rather than being angry with him, we can explain to him that he made a mistake, but never mind, maybe it can be fixed. If not, he can learn from this mistake in order to avoid repeating it.

Here we should expand the conversation because one mistake can have many variations, and children do not always see it. As adults, we want to teach the children not to repeat the same kind of mistakes and not necessarily the same specific mistake.

When the child finds it difficult to forgive himself for his mistake, we can encourage him, and explain to him how understanding the mistake could help him in the future.

In business and in life in general

Yossi Yassour in his book Did you also have no hot water? A guide to preventing failures in decision-making published by Matar writes about that:

It is especially hard for us to leave at once, without keeping trying. Difficult for us to accept the fact that we failed, and even more difficult for us to accept the fact that we should not start.