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Dr. Song's Corner


Responsibility and Consequences

June 11, 2018
By Dr. Jason Song

Sir Josiah Charles Stamp was a proflic man. He was an English industrialist, economist, civil servant, statistician, writer, and banker. He served as the director of the Bank of England and chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

He said, "It’s easy to dodge our responsibility, but we cannot dodge the consequences of our responsibility."

Think about that.

The following examples help you to think through this truth:

  • Dodge your responsibility to do homework, and there will be consequences such as low grades, email to parents, parent conferences, retention, or even failure to graduate.
  • Dodge your responsibility to complete your task at work, and there will be consequences such as your boss getting on your case, losing pay, or getting fired.
  • Dodge your responsibility to drive on the right (correct) side of the road, and there can be accidents, property loss, injuries, and even deaths. 
  • Dodge your responsibility to register on-time for your next semester courses, and you will end up with courses you don't want to take or possibly graduate later than you wanted.

You get the point. Clearly, there are consequences to both actions and inactions. So, when it comes to handling responsibilities--things that you know you ought to do--it's best to address them correctly, thoroughly, and swiftly.

John C. Maxwell' said, "the Law of Diminishing Intent [is] the longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it." 

Don't procrastinate. Get your work done. Do them well. And enjoy the positive consequences your labor.