THAT’S NOT MY JOB!
This is a story about four people named: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. (Author unknown)
This is such a simple, short and humorous story, but it’s also full of wisdom. The article reminds us that we can’t rely on others to finish the task. Everybody tried to put the responsibility on Somebody, but Nobody was willing to carry such a burden for Anybody.
This article reminds me of the most important principle of Zero Limits – that we are 100% responsible for what happens in our lives. It’s not our fault but it is our responsibility. We should not blame other parties but rather bear all responsibility, because the world is simply the reflection of what’s inside us. Therefore, the problem lies in us rather than in others.
In order to change other people or cure them, we have to start with ourselves. This is why Dr. Len, the author of Zero Limits, was able to cure patients without seeing them. All he had to do was cleanse himself. Once he was healed, the patients recovered.
By the same principle, we could change this title – That’s Not My Job — to That Is My Job and That Is My Responsibility. In doing so, we can reclaim ownership, and the path toward zero limits (no limits) may be achieved.