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The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
-- Nancy Astor


Tuesday, October 15, 1996

Who’s to blame?

Who is to blame for your troubles? The government, the economy, your boss, your customers, your spouse, your neighbors, your children, your parents, your employees, the mayor, big business?

When you blame others for your problems, you give them control over your life.

The only way to control your own life is to take responsibility for it. You are the reason for your own circumstances. You got yourself where you are today.

Is that depressing? Discouraging? No, of course not. Because the past is gone. It doesn’t matter what has happened up to this point. The important thing is to take responsibility for your situation. Take responsibility, take action, and make your life what you want it to be. Blaming others for your problems might make you feel better about the past, but so what? What does it matter what you feel about the past?

What matters is this -- what are you going to do today? Are you doing to sit back and complain about how badly you’ve been treated? Or are you going to stand up and make a life of excellence for yourself? The choice is yours. You are responsible for your situation and your actions. You are in control. You can go wherever you desire to go, so you might as well make it someplace great.

— Ralph Marston

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