The “R” in COURAGE…Resolve and Responsibility

If want to take risks, you must have resolve and commitment


Courage…don’t leave home without it! As we break down each letter in this word to create a sort of puzzle of the attributes one must possess or acquire in order to create extraordinary results, no other letter stands out as versatile as the letter “R.” We’ve established that taking risks is important if we are to make significant progress in every area of our lives, whether we’re referring to career, personal, or to the financial aspects and goals we are living with every day. We talked about the importance of risk and why risk is necessary, which is what led us to the need for courage in the first place – without courage, taking risks might not be plausible.

We began breaking down the word COURAGE and distinguished Commitment, Organization, and Unwavering Integrity. Now we are going to look at the letter “R,” which actually brings us back to Risk. But this beautiful letter stands for so much more! “R” is the first letter in many other relevant and important words (such as relationship builder, resourceful, rational), words that define important characteristics that we need to develop within ourselves. But here we are only going to distinguish two of these…Resolve and Responsibility.


Resolve, as we  mean it here, is the quality necessary to decide firmly on a course of action. It means you really mean what you are committed to. It means taking a stand and being unwilling to step down from your choice no matter what others think, no matter what societal norms dictate, or what is expected of you by external factors. Having resolve allows you to stay true to yourself and forces you to stay on your chosen path. Resolve is a key characteristic for all who are up to big games in their lives.

Taking a big risk

Several years ago when I thought about starting a business, I found myself surrounded by many whose opinions disagreed with what I was about to do. People thought I was crazy to leave a stable corporate job and a secure career to start a business in the midst of one of the worst recessions of our time. A single mom with two teenagers in tow should not take that kind of risk. The statistics on start up small businesses were not in my favor. The economy was not in my favor.

My lack of business savvy was not in my favor. My financial instability was definitely not in my favor. But I had resolve. I was resolved to not continue in a career that was choking the life out of me. I was resolved to create a world where people love what they do for a living. And so I started my business, against all odds. And thirteen years later we are still here working hard every day to create new opportunities, usually for people we are meeting for the first time. Every day we plant the seeds for a future where those we represent can thrive and move their careers forward. It hasn’t always been a breeze and many times I thought to give up, to throw in the towel. But it is most certainly my resolve that keeps me going!


Responsibility takes resolve to a whole new level. By responsibility we do not mean duty, which is often accompanied by the perception of burden. Responsibility, in the way that we want you to relate to it here, is about owning your choices, whether they turn out or not, whether they work or don’t. Being responsible in this sense means looking only to yourself as the source of all your choices, all your results, and every single outcome.

It means refusing to blame another for your circumstances. Being responsible is extremely powerful because only when you stop pointing your finger at an external force are you able to change the course of any aspect of your life. When you take 100% responsibility and own your choices, there is no room for making excuses. Suddenly, it no longer matters if it’s raining outside, or if the economy is in decline, or if you had an awful childhood, or if you don’t have a degree, or if the odds are against you.

Next page: Accept the consequences

Lily Winsaft
Lily Winsaft
As CEO and Founder of Aldebaran Associates, Ms. Winsaft focused her 25 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to create a company dedicated to addressing the hiring and training challenges facing corporations and professionals in the 21st Century. The firm provides highly selective recruiting services for fortune 500 companies in the consumer goods, advertising, marketing, legal, accounting, information technology and non-profit sectors. Given her notoriety in the Hispanic community and among international organizations, her firm plays a major role in boosting organizational diversity and in the placement of candidates at companies transacting business in Latin America or selling products and services to the U.S. Hispanic consumer segment.

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