Beware of the Bystander Effect

September 18, 2023 1 min read

Andy walking down a hallway

"Someone else will take care of it."

How many times have you heard people say that?

How many times have you said that?

If you're being honest...

I'm sure you can recall at least a few times.

I know I can.

This is a psychological theory called the Bystander Effect.

It says that people are less likely to help someone in need or fix a problem when other people are around.

This also happens to be the reason why most people never end up becoming great at anything…

Not as an entrepreneur.

Not as a friend.

Not as a parent.

Not as a leader.

Not as a fit, functional, productive human.

Because to some degree...

They are a bystander in their own life.

Instead of addressing the problems that present themselves...

They push them aside for someone or something else to fix it because it's "not their responsibility."

What these people fail to realize is that by doing this, they are dismissing valuable opportunities to build discipline...

Solve problems...

...and make themselves more valuable as a result.

Winners take responsibility and seize these opportunities to build their skillset.

Losers avoid responsibility and wait for someone else to do it.

When you correct this behavior within yourself and start addressing these issues whether they're "your problem" or not...

You'll be amazed at how quickly things will begin to change for you.

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