Continuing with the Teachers’ Day posts, here’s the third one in the series.
Responsibility is a duty if you do it properly, otherwise it’s just another noun.
Well, this one comes from one of our clients. We recently worked together & I was marvelling & commending this person on his work ethics – very strong! So much of the work was solely his responsibility & some serious accountability therefore, and the very fact that he did all of it so seamlessly & so proficiently was really something to learn from. To which he replied that if we take our responsibility and understand it, it’s actually a lot that you’ve to take care of. Otherwise, like so many other people feel about it, it’s just a noun.
This definitely stayed with me. And that’s when I remembered the quote by Martin Luther King Jr., which sums it all up too well:
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Definitely a principle to live by :)