If you have the ability, you have the responsibility

I recorded a podcast interview with an amazing guest yesterday (you'll have to listen to the podcast in the coming weeks to find out who) and something he said really struck me.

This man was talking about his motivation for helping others get fit, healthy, and active, and he said his father always told him “if you have the ability, you have the responsibility.”

"If you have the ability, you have the responsibility."

First off, if there’s any doubt the influence a father can have over his child’s life, know that the man I interviewed now lives his life by these words that his father spoke to him, even though his father has since passed away. His father’s words and legacy continue to live on through his son’s actions.

Secondly, I see this as a call to action for all men — not just fathers — to step up and put others before themselves. To be humble and grateful enough that you put others first and you use the means at your disposal to improve the lives of others.

If you are able to do good, you have a responsibility to act on that ability.

Likewise, with fitness, if you are able to move and you can rid yourself of B.S. excuses, you have a responsibility — to yourself and to your family — to take care of your body and your physical health. To rid yourself of your dad bod. To do whatever you can to positive affect your life, so that you may positively affect your childrens' lives.

You have the ability. Live responsibly. Be involved.