Christian A. Smith
June 30, 2014
Personal Responsibility, let’s think about that term for a minute… Done? In a 2009 article from the Brookings Institute titled “The Sequence of Personal Responsibility”, Ron Haskins, a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies writes:
“Personal responsibility is the willingness to both accept the importance of standards that society establishes for individual behavior and to make strenuous personal efforts to live by those standards. But personal responsibility also means that when individuals fail to meet expected standards, they do not look around for some factor outside themselves to blame. The demise of personal responsibility occurs when individuals blame their family, their peers, their economic circumstances, or their society for their own failure to meet standards…”(Haskins, 2009)
I think that is the best definition of personal responsibility that I have ever seen or heard.
Personal Responsibility is of vital importance when attending college, especially as a working adult. So many things can happen in day-to-day life, that one could very easily be tempted to make excuses. Fortunately as a student at the University of Phoenix, I have been given a great deal of support resources to fall back on. These I will use to improve my Career Competencies, make ethical decisions, improve my teamwork skills, and set SMART goals for myself. Excuses will not be tolerated, and failure is not an option. While time and other life pressures may be obstacles to completing my degree, only I can be responsible for the success I have a student.
While being successful at anything is largely dependent on the effort that is put forth, having a great support network and resources can have a great impact on the quality of work that is produced. University of Phoenix has some of...