Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Taking Ownership

We all know the basic meaning of this phrase, I mean it’s pretty self explanatory right? If something belongs to you, you in turn confirm that you are in fact the owner. Pretty simple concept, but there is a deeper meaning to it to me and many others.

Taking Ownership is almost synonymous with taking initiative. If you own something, you have to be responsible for it, and do whatever you have to do to maintain it. This same logic applies to when you take ownership of an intangible object, or an ideal. When we take ownership of anything, weather it be a new business venture or it be a new hobby of yours, there becomes a more underlining bond with it. We instantly feel closer to what it is we are doing and want, and make it seem much more achievable or realistic.

Now this doesn’t mean you should just walk around and just take ownership of every aspect of your life. No one wants to own too much stuff, because that just means more responsibility, and the people that do in fact want to own as much stuff as they can, usually also pay people to maintain and claim responsibility for such items

The key is to find two or three things that inspire you and everyday life, and take ownership of them. Like Tears for Fears once sang, “Everybody wants to rule the world”, but unfortunately NO ONE has the time or ability to take ownership of every aspect of their life, or even most of them for that matter. If you feel like you are capable of taking ownership of more aspects of life, I suggest starting with two or three, and then gauging weather you would like to take on more responsibility. Once you make a conscious decision to take ownership of something, you will be amazed at how much more devoted and confidant you will be at that given aspect of life.

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