Responsibility:  The Wednesday Word

Responsibility:  The Wednesday Word #WednesdayWisdom

INTRO:  Why are humans at the top of the food chain?  This week’s word is something you have, it’s something you take and it’s a skill that in order for you to survive and thrive here on planet Earth you must also develop and train like a muscle.

WORD: Responsibility  (noun)

DEFINITION of Responsibility:

  • the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.
    “a true leader takes responsibility for their team and helps them achieve goals”
  • the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
    “the group has claimed responsibility for a string of murders”
  • the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.
    “we would expect individuals lower down the organization to take on more responsibility”
  • a thing that one is required to do as part of a job, role, or legal obligation.  plural noun: responsibilities
    “he will take over the responsibilities of overseas director”
  • a moral obligation to behave correctly toward or in respect of.
    “individuals have a responsibility to control personal behavior”

ETYMOLOGY of Responsibility:

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Spondeo:  Latin for guarantee. I promise for another; I become security for a person, enter bail.. I promise or engage in marriage, betroth.. I promise, bind or pledge myself, contract, vow.

re: Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.  Also meaning: About, regarding, with reference to.

Respondeo:  (figuratively) I measure up. (of a sound) I re-echo, resound. I am present, I appear, attend; I make a return, yield; I meet or answer (a charge); I meet, agree, accord or correspond with, conform to, answer for; I reply, answer, respond.

Responsibility:  The Wednesday Word ACTION IDEAS:

Definition of response:  a verbal or written answer; a reaction to something; something offered in return.

Definition of ability:  possession of the means or skill to do something; talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area.


To what degree are you response able?  We as humans we have the unique and innate ability to select our response.  Most of the animal kingdom operates on instinct yet humans have evolved a level of self-awareness that enables us to make a decision about how we will respond.   So I ask again, to what degree are you response able?  No one has ever MADE you do anything.  You chose that response.  So if your ability at responding is subpar guess what else will be too?  Your responses.  Split seconds where YOU are aware of your surroundings, you observe, you make a decision and then you decide.  You choose your response and hold yourself accountable and you take ownership of the consequences.


No one is a victim unless they chose to be.  Being a victim and staying a victim are very separate things.  One is a moment in time, the other is a choice.  Everything that exists in your life is a consequence of how you’ve chosen to respond to external stimuli.  The 10X Rule teaches us to assume control for everything.  Take responsibility and ownership for the conditions of your life.  The opposite of responsibility is blame.  And speaking of The 10X Rule, Blame is the energy that makes slaves.  That would make you a person who is excessively dependent upon or controlled by something or someone.  A slave.  If you’re not working on your responsibility daily, you’re just a slave.

As long as you are alive, you will either live to accomplish your own goals and dreams or be used as a resource to accomplish someone else’s.”
                                                               -Grant Cardone