take responsibility for your actions and do the right thingTaking responsibility for something gone wrong seems to be a generational thing. I have noticed that the words, “I’m sorry” and “It’s my fault” don’t exist in today’s world.  How simple would it be to own up to a mistake and correct it? It’s the right thing to do, no matter what it takes. 

On that same note, I have seen people take credit for something they did not do.  I had my first experience in high school when I was on the yearbook committee.  I had some ideas that I shared with the committee head, who then in turn presented them at the general meeting.  As I listened to her taut “her ideas,” I sat there not saying a word.  I had known this girl since elementary school and we were friends.  No, she did not admit that she did anything wrong, and not, we are not still friends.

Since then there have been several instances where others have taken credit for my designs.  On one project in particular, I suggested the builder hire a designer I was introduced to who had years of experience in interior design. I was working alone on this 5,000 square foot new construction project so I welcomed another person to work with.  Unbeknownst to me, he was telling people that he was designing the kitchen and baths.  Tsk, tsk!  He didn’t realize I had been working with the builder on several other projects, so he was caught lying.  Of course, he wouldn’t admit that his stories were not true, hence that was the end of our relationship.

Bottom line:  Own up to your mistakes and make them right. Take credit and give credit where it’s due, because it is the right thing to do.

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