Everything’s My Fault

Everything’s my fault.

Although upon first glance this may seem a negative and destructive statement, my intuition says that actually it’s a key belief if you truly want to be successful.

Let me explain…

Essentially in my understanding, the crux of this concept is that by truly accepting responsibility for the position you’re in your working life, it can be the most liberating and inspiring thing possible.

Growing up I always thought that the age I am now I would already be hugely successful and be a celebrated and respected businessman.

Being honest I’m not even close.

And although it’s really easy to play the blame game and use a myriad of things in my life as an excuse at the end of the day it’s 100% my fault I’m not further along.

But what’s great about accepting responsibility for it, means that simultaneously you believe that the decision to actually be successful is fully in your control.

If you want to achieve all this success all that’s standing between you and your dreams is a bunch of work.

(I’ve definitely stolen that quote from Casey Neistat, check him out, he’ll help you more than I will)

For a number of reasons I’ve been self auditing a lot over the last few months and although it’s a harsh realisation to recognise you’re not doing the right things you need to in order to succeed, it’s hugely motivating to identify the problem and realise what you need to do.

I think this quote is by Charles Kettering, it’s a good one…

“A problem well stated is a problem half solved”

Staying topical and practical, in order to make choices working towards my goals this week I read an article how choosing what to consume in today’s modern media landscape is a lot like choosing what to eat.

Sure we know what’s good for us, broccoli, spinach and green beans (the media equivalent of which is reading thought provoking books, insightful articles and listening to educational podcasts)

Then there’s the opposite, junk food! (Endless social media scrolling, clickbait and mindless media content).

After reading the article, I’ve set myself a goal in the coming weeks is to consume a much healthier media diet and whenever I’m tempted to dive back into unhealthy habits, instead I’ll either open this great app (Medium) and find something interesting to read, or log on to YouTube and watch a video learning a new business skill I need to master.

And of course everything in moderation, having the occasional bit of junk food isn’t the worse thing in the world.

If I’m not where I want to be, it’s all because of my actions and I need to deliberately do something different to change that.

So remember, think to yourself everything’s my fault and I wish you every success.



*As usual this article is an amalgam of thoughts from people I look to like Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat. They both run multi-million dollar business so it makes a lot more sense to listen them rather than me.

Jack Tompkins