Michael Phelps: Stupid is as Stupid Does – Sometimes

The question is this – at what age should a person be responsible for the consequences of their choices and actions? I believe the answer is early teens. Have you even done something really stupid.  Boy I have!  But think about how training on personal responsibility relates to children’s development, grades, promiscuity, friend they chose, movies they see, games they play, etc.
2_61_020109_phelps2In a statement released to The Associated Press, the swimmer, Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games validated the authenticity of the exclusive picture published Sunday by the tabloid News of the World.

Phelps said: “I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment. I’m 23 years old and despite the successes I’ve had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public it will not happen again.”
How sad that this young man, at 23, has jeopardized everything he has worked so hard to receive.  The millions of dollars in endorsements, and the global role model position he assumed in Beijing. Stupid? I think so. Youthful? Perhaps.Phelps Explaining
This is an excellent lesson to understand that your actions become your outcomes – either positive or negative. You chose and no one else does.  It is all about personal responsibility, self-awareness and internal communication. The focus must be on not becoming a spoiled brat, have an entitlement attitude or arrogant.

Lesson: If you have a job, or are looking for one, don’t do stupid stuff.
In the current research I am conducting, leaders told me what is important when hiring and promoting people.
Stupid:
•    Negative comments
•    Arrogance and self absorbed
•    Withdrawn and don’t participate
•    Lack of tact
•    Unprofessional appearance
•    Lack of Experience
•    Poor Skill Set
•    Entitlement
•    Unprepared and don’t research

Not Stupid:
•    Personal Responsibility
•    Enthusiastic
•    Initiative
•    Experience
•    Professional dress
•    Engaging
•    Maturity
•    Articulate
•    Confident

So what do you think? At what age should a person be responsible for the consequences of their choices?  What are the lessons you’ve learned that help you keep your position stable?
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One Comment

  1. Jan says:

    Marsha – You are right on with this comment — I was equally upset at the headline on AOL this morning where the author references the Super Bowl MVP as a former drug dealer — what message are we giving to our young people? In many ways, I think it gives young people the idea that they must hit rock bottom before they can succeed…and it continues to sabotage their results.
    See you in Vegas!!

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