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Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take Ownership

October 22, 2021
Author: YKK
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Take ownership

When I was asked me to write something about this week’s Fundamental behavior, I couldn’t say no. This is one of the behaviors that is most dear to me. “Take ownership” has guided me throughout my entire life, or…almost.

For me it’s hard to write about it…I just do things because they need to be done. I don’t think about who should do them, or why are they not done yet. If I see something that needs to be done and it is within my power to do something about it, I just do it. Then I thought about myself and realized I wasn’t always like this.

When I was 10 years old, my parents sent me to boarding school in a different city. It was a very hard time for me because I passed from being a single child, with her own room and all things done by others for me to an 8 girls’ dormitory with tasks to accomplish and chores to do every day. I was looking at the other girls and see them doing their beds, keeping clean their closets, doing homework without anybody asking them to do it, following a schedule and I was amazed. I asked them why do you do this? You don’t have to…let someone else do it or do nothing and eventually they will forget they asked you…

One of the girls told me that she cannot go to bed at night if she still has some unfinished tasks. Another one told me her parents give her a gift every week she does all her chores. A third one said she does it to please the monitor, because she was very nice…I guess we all have our own motivation to do things. In my case, I started taking ownership because all the other girls were.

When I think back, I realize responsibility is something that comes with age, but you must be introduced to it in your childhood. You can find on the internet a lot of tips on how to take ownership, but the most important thing in taking ownership is to assume your actions and to stand by them, even if sometimes you wish you could blame someone else.

Do not be content with doing just the MDR (Minimum Daily Requirement), just enough to fly under the radar and avoid getting called out for or fired.

Strive for more!

Isabela Duta
Logistics Manager