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Have any of you watched Kick-Ass? That show disrupted me internally more than it should normally have, compared to  the ordinary audience.

Perhaps I wasn’t normal to begin with.


With no power, comes no responsibility.
-Kick Ass

Power, responsibility and ownership. Who knew they were all intertwined? The average person does nothing about the state of his country because he feels that he does not have the power to change anything. Without power, one is not responsibly for change. Rather, the burden and responsibility of change is pushed onto those who are in positions of power – the CEO of the organization, the senior pastor of the church, the prime minister of the country. Understandably, it is hard to take ownership. With 4000 over people in our church, we would reckon that our stake lies at a minuscule 0.025%

Except that isn’t true. Power doesn’t lies in a position. I realized it while watching Obama pleading with the senate. I always thought that if I could become the leader of this group, I could instill change into it. If I could become a pastor, I might be able to change some things in my church. If I could become a minister in my country, I could be able to change some policies. Yet, here I am watching the most powerful man on earth, trying to bring about change in his own country, slower than he wanted, faster than they were ready for it.

Power doesn’t lies in a position. It lies with people.

To be more precise, it lies with the people who take ownership. These people bring about changes, rally people to a cause, mobilize people onto their efforts and recruit people through their passion. There’s no way you can do that with an appointment. These people don’t do what they are supposed to do, their position in the hierarchy doesn’t determine their job scope. Driven by their vision, they go above and beyond their own job description. They are the ones who take ownership of the organization. They actively seek for more responsibility.

What a foreign statement that sounded to the most of us.

Responsibility could be pushed onto to someone, but ownership can only be taken by himself. Only those who chooses it will get it, because they want it; because they care. It is ironical how I often see middle managers challenge their people to take up ownership of their group, yet they themselves do not rise up to the challenge to taking up more responsibility in the bigger picture in which they now play the part of being the members this higher tier of leadership.

At the end of the day, we can no longer hide under the veil of powerlessness. We obtain more power when we take up more responsibilities. And it is up to those who take ownership of the group to actively seek out these responsibilities.

You are not responsible because you are in the position of power; you are in the position of power because you are responsible.

Don’t ever invert the priority.