Blame and Responsibility

by Tony Scelzo - March 14th, 2013

I have a couple of rentals, Indianapolis is a good market to invest in, but being a landlord can sometimes be a pain (no bigger than the actual market itself).

I currently have a tenant who has not paid rent for 3 months. Yes, 3 months (in process of being evicted).

Yesterday, she blamed me for not getting her rent. She said it was due to the fact that she had to have the city fill out paperwork to pay it because I didn’t call them to say where my checks were…Huh?

For most of us reading a blog like mine this wouldn’t make sense at all. We are responsible for our own finances, right? We are responsible for paying our rent (or mortgage), right? Ultimately, we are responsible for ourselves, right?

Yet how many times do we blame others for our mood, our quality of work, our failure, or worse, our success? How often do we hold onto what our friends say, the actions our spouses take, or what are parents did? Then we blame them for what is happening in our lives today.

If you’re at all like me, then you do this way more than you should. When you blame others versus taking responsibility you are giving up control. You are robbing yourself of the ability to take action to then solve the situation.

Seems simple? Take responsibility; take action to change the situation. Simple. But how many times do we actually do it?

When you build a team environment the most important qualities to have is people who take responsibility. These people tend to learn faster, gain skills quicker and become increasingly indispensable.


Because they take responsible for their own success and failure.

Tony Scelzo
Rainmakers Marketing Group

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