Take Ownership of Your Life

[May 9, 2022]  Go!  Whatever you do, whatever you may think, do something to take ownership for yourself and others who are important to you.  My message is that you can operate during times of tragedy, deception, and tyranny, and the good news is that you can flourish and grow.  And, that is a good piece of news given that it is better than you could ever hope to wish for or that you could reasonably expect.

Pick up your responsibility; pick up the heaviest thing you can.  Realize that despite your inadequacies and mistakes, you will succeed.  Those who are with you will also prevail.  And that is really good news.  At their core, the greatest stories ever told have the flawed hero, the one who trudges on to defeat the dangerous dragon regardless of the many obstacles in his path.  It is not that you are kinder, gentler, more ethical, or smarter, the adoption of your responsibility ensures you become stronger, a person with greater character, and that your flaws are not what define you.

The antidote is truth and responsibility.  That is the secret to a meaningful life, and without truth and responsibility, all you have left is an inability to see the world for what it is, and you will find emptiness and suffering.  Stand up and take ownership of your life; take onto yourself what you must do and what you know you must do.  Use no excuse for any failure to do that which needs doing, but see your failures as a means of learning and growth.  Own your failures; they are part of what will make you better, more experienced, more motivated (because you will not want to repeat them), and wiser about the world.  Do not blame others or anything; it is you who are responsible.  Your goal should be to reveal to the world the overwhelming best of yourself, that part of you that can do the most good for the world.

Take ownership of your problems, and then take ownership of the solutions to solve those problems.  Take ownership of your mission.  Take ownership of your job, of your team, of your family, of your future, and take ownership of your life.  Until you take ownership of your life, you will always be chasing your dreams.  People are starving for this message.  They want to hold responsibility close to their heart because it makes them who they are and keeps them from falling into the abyss of depression and hopelessness that many folks today have wrapped around themselves.

You have no idea what might be possible for you if you got things together for what you could pursue.  You don’t know what is impossible to you that would become possible if you sought truth and responsibility.  Go out into the world.  Stand up straight.  Hold your shoulders back.  Do so without fear.  Possess courage.  Leave your ego behind.  Be humble for what you have and for those who are with you.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

28 thoughts on “Take Ownership of Your Life

  1. US Navy Vet

    You would think by now with all the self help books and online & tv personalities hawking their snake oil about how to be a better person that folks would have figured out about taking ownership of their lives. Not.

  2. Adolf Menschner

    If you don’t take ownership of your life, no one will. Nuff said.

    1. Rides Alone

      Yep, you got that right Adolf. Well said. Simple truth. And that hurts the snowflakes that are out there. Too bad. A little hurt now is better than a big hurt later when reality imposes its will upon you.

  3. DocJeff

    Take ownership. I’m sad to put a wrench into this idea but IMHO, our governments are working to the exact opposite. They want to have ownership and therefore more POWER. I reject that govt gives me rights or duties. I’m born with them and they are a God given set of rights and responsibilities.

  4. Rich Adams

    This is my first time on this site I just finished reading the Generals book. If you like what he says here I suggest you read his book

    1. Edward G.

      Welcome Rich. I hope you enjoy your time with us. Please throw some ideas our way and we will respond to help you develop them. That is how we all gain a better understanding.

  5. Max Foster

    Spring is nearly here and time for all of us to start getting outside and getting around to talk with people. However, since elections are coming up in November (in America), it’s time for the fascist governors of liberal states to begin their lockdowns in the name of “safety.” Much in the name of safety is being done to destroy the family and our will to resist.

      1. 76 Wife

        Too funny Lady Hawk but I know you’re serious. Great observation by Max, who once again writes what we are thinking about. Yes, this is also about taking ownership of yourself, your family, and your community.

      2. Action Dave

        Yeah, I hope so … too bad fascist gov’ res can’t be just good Americans. 👍👍👍👍👍

  6. Bryan Z. Lee

    Special thanks to Gen. Satterfield for once again giving us some useful info. I think, however, young folks are the ones who would gain most from what Gen. S. is writing about. I sent this article to my niece. I’ll let you all know what she says about it later. Thanks again, and a belated Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there.

    1. Dead Pool Guy

      Good point, Bryan. Thanks. 👍👍👍👍👍

  7. Rev. Michael Cain

    This Jocko Willink is a great guy. Decorated US Navy SEAL, commander, successful podcaster. The man wins at all he does. He is the one who tells us to take ownership of our lives. Read his books and watch him on YouTube and Gettr, etc. ✔

    1. Fred Weber

      Thanks Rev Cain, i went on line to find him. Great info and lots and lots of videos. I just started looking at them. I’m hooked.

    2. Willie Strumburger

      Good thing Gen. Satterfield got me to see what this Jocko Willink is saying. Take OWNERSHIP. it works.

      1. Erleldech

        Good info. Thanks All. Yes, I highly recommend Willink’s books and watching him (better). You can get a lot from his videos. Says a lot about a guy who can successful in many fields of endeavor.

        1. Shorty Mc

          Great read. Get the books. Don’t wait. And get Gen. Satterfield’s book too. 😀

  8. Bobby Joe

    Another top notch article from the brain of Gen. Satterfield and once again is showing us how to take ‘ownership’ of our lives and be a good, well-meaning person who can look themselves in the mirror at the end of the day and say, ‘I’ve done well today.’ That is the real meaning of life, not that of a dependent slug who takes handouts from the government.

  9. Audrey

    If u don’t take ownership, no one else will. Be brave. Be a man. Be secure in you position in life. Do what is right, always.

    1. Janna Faulkner

      (or woman)., yes you are on-target with this comment Audrey.

    1. Pooch T.

      Wild Bill, yep, just as expected. The children who don’t get their way are crying and lashing out just like an infant.

      1. Unwoke Dude

        Yep, just like spoiled kids, like the are and egged on by the likes of Pres Biden and his ilk.

        1. MrJohn22

          Unfortunately, Unwoke Dude, you are correct. The braindead Biden (run by his minions that control him like a puppet at the end of strings) is saying that we should just sit down and shut up. I won’t do it. And neither should any of us. Stand up and do good. Don’t tolerate this idiocy.

        2. Karl J.

          Spoiled kids is an apt analogy. The problem, however, is what to do about all this craziness. Stand up for your community and don’t tolerate it. That is a start.


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