A biographer made up the story about George Washington confessing to cutting down the cherry tree. Yet, it's easy to believe based on his character.
The story has also been useful for generations of parents as an example of taking accountability. As a child, you may have learned that it’s more honorable to own up to your actions rather than blame others or make excuses about why it’s the tree’s fault.
On the other hand, holding ourselves responsible can feel risky. Admitting our faults may threaten our self-image and open us up to criticism from others. It may seem safer to focus on external circumstances instead of looking at our own actions.
The truth is that you could be missing out on more happiness and success by trying to evade responsibility.
This guide will help you learn more about the importance of developing personal accountability.