Quotes from the Masters
On Personal Responsibility

"If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own." -- Stephen R. Covey

"Don't become a victim of yourself.  Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?" -- Jim Rohn  

"Self-responsibility is the core quality of the fully mature, fully functioning, self-actualizing individual." -– Brian Tracy  

"The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing." -- St. Thomas Aquinas

"It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future.  What happens, happens to us all.  It is what you do about what happens that counts." -- Jim Rohn  

"Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us." -- Stephen Covey  

"99% of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." -- George Washington Carver  

"Peak performance begins with your taking complete responsibility for your life and everything that happens to you." -– Brian Tracy

"Your paycheck is not your employer's responsibility, it's your responsibility.  Your employer has no control over your value, but you do." -- Jim Rohn  

"No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourselves." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson  

"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.  And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"If your everyday day life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place." -- Rainer Maria Rilke 

"Accepting responsibility is the fulcrum point for succeeding at anything." -- Jeffrey Gitomer  

"You say, 'The country is messed up.'  That's like cursing the soil and the seed and the sunshine and the rain, which is all you've got.  Don't curse all you've got.  When you get your own planet, you can rearrange this whole deal.  This one you've got to take like it comes." -- Jim Rohn

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." -- George Bernard Shaw  

"I used to say, 'Things cost too much.'  Then my teacher straightened me out on that by saying, 'The problem isn't that things cost too much.  The problem is that you can't afford it.'  That's when I finally understood that the problem wasn't 'it' - the problem was 'me.'" -- Jim Rohn  

"People aren't afraid of failure, they just don't know how to succeed. We are each responsible for our own success (or failure). Winning at what you do is no exception. To ensure a win, you must take a proactive approach. Prevention of failure is an important part of that process." -- Jeffrey Gitomer

"Until a person can say deeply and honestly, 'I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,' that person cannot say, 'I choose otherwise.'"-– Stephen Covey

"A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying." -–Napoleon HilJohn Burroughs 

"The first step in dealing with any difficulty is to be willing to have it so."-– William James  

"Superior people take both the credit and the blame for everything that happens to them."-– Brian Tracy

Provided courtesy of  Jim Rohn International