In the past, I blamed my lack of career success on external factors.

I pointed fingers. I blamed others. I blamed the situation and circumstances. I made excuses.

You know what?

I let it happen. I made choices. I chose certain work and to join certain organizations. I made bad decisions. I chose my path.

I am the common denominator. I was the problem.

I could have done things differently, but I didn’t. So now I learn from them.

There’s no doubt our environment matters and external factors can make us or break us, but the buck stops here.

I made my bed and have to lie in it.