When reading this passage, I remembered the window and the mirror from Good to Great. Some leaders look through the window and see others to blame. Other leaders look in the mirror and only see themselves to blame. Which leaders at the most respected and get the best results? The ones who are looking in the mirror when something goes wrong. Whatever is wrong in your company, whatever is wrong in your relationships, whatever is wrong in your life is on you. No one else can keep you from making your dreams a reality. No one else can stand in your way. No one else can determine your future. You are the problem. But you are also the solution. You can become a better person. You can accept responsibility for what is wrong. You can grow. Because only you can choose who you are going to be in life.
Franklin believed the best way to live a life of happiness was to live a genuine, honest life. And I would agree. Being truthful creates less stress in your life than telling lies. After all, liars must always remember their lies and live with the consequences if caught. Sincere people are genuine. They do not have to worry about being found out. And integrity holds you to your honesty and sincerity even when the stakes are high. Before blaming the world for your unhappiness, think about your character and how you treat other people. Do the words truth, sincerity, and integrity come to mind? If not, you have some work to do.