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The Reactor Factor: How to Handle Difficult Work Situations Without Going Nuclear by Marsha Petrie Sue

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Chapter 10. Preach It, Teach It

Control, Decisions, Money, and Parenting

Do you have people in your life to whom you preach because you want them to take personal responsibility for their decisions? Do you also take the time to teach them how to do what you're instructing? I believe that everyone must be accountable in helping others be more responsible.

Now—is that little voice in your head screaming, "But you said I can't change other people!" Well, you are right about that. What you can do, however, is act as a role model to others, and lead them to better decision making through the example of your actions. In fact, the common thread that I weave through the interviews in this book is the solid fact of taking responsibility and believing in yourself.

My husband Al and I had the pleasure of taking our wonderful young friend Christian to a local banquet and silent auction. Upon entering the auction hall, I immediately fell in love with a carved wooden bear. Ever the generous friend, Christian texted his mom and asked her to let him know what the balance on his debit card was. Once he found out that he had enough to make an offer, he began his bidding and won the bear; and so, I am now the proud owner of this "Beeso Bear." Christian is developing fiscal, relationship, and personal responsibility for his decisions—and all at the ripe age of 12. Playing an active part in his constructive development is wonderful. Our goal is to share experiences through our actions, and help others ...

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