Someone who lives with moral excellence and righteousness understands the order of life. Growing up I heard over and over from my father, “Patience is a virtue. I believe accountability is a virtue. Accountability is keeping your commitments to people. People are attracted to people who are honest, transparent and who care for other people. People are attracted to people who are accountable.
The Accountability Blog
Month: February 2015
“The economy is down.” “The weather has been terrible.” “There is so much competition.” “Times are different.” We’ve all heard them before, one excuse after anther. We’re masters at making excuses to justify and rationalize poor results and even average results. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
How does a restaurant in a highly competitive market post a 22% profit margin in an industry that considers 5% a good result? Accountability.
We live in one of the greatest countries on earth. Food is abundant. Water is abundant. Education is abundant. Housing is abundant. Work is abundant. We have freedom of speech, social class mobility and the right to believe what we want. We have immense opportunity, but it’s not available to everybody. Why are there homeless people? Why are there uneducated children? Why do people go to bed hungry at night? So, what could possibly make this any better? Accountability.
Sam Silverstein, Inc. offers free Accountability Coaching for the Little League coach and administrator who have been suspended in Chicago. Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West. The team’s manager has been suspended and the district’s administrator has been removed. These adults worked together to extend the boundaries of the district so they could add players to the team that would not have normally qualified to play for them. All of this was done to help strengthen the team. All of this was illegal.
When I was 6 years old I jumped off of a wall and broke my leg. I remember it like it was yesterday. Unfortunately it wasn’t. It was 52 years ago. I remember how my wife had the shakes during the birth of our son 31 years ago. I remember the thrill of competition I enjoyed in my first Boston Marathon 21 years ago. I have a hard time believing that if someone’s helicopter was or was not hit over a war zone 12 years they would have a problem remembering that. I think you’d remember that incident the rest of your life.
In an interview this past week Lance Armstrong said if he had a chance to do things over, he’d probably dope again if he was racing at a time when cheating “was completely and totally pervasive.” In other words, if someone else is cheating he would cheat also. So cheating is okay.