Responsibility doesn’t really exist. Responsibility is an abstract concept. Yet, unlike some other often used concepts, responsibility is very useful. Because responsibility doesn’t really exist, in reality you can’t have it. Nevertheless, even though you never really have responsibility, either for your own actions, events you are mixed up in or the actions of others, it is almost in every case smart to take responsibility.

There is a big difference between having responsibility and taking responsibility. If you have it, responsibility can feel as a burden, as something other placed onto you. When you take responsibility, you empower yourself. Because taking responsibility also allows you to change your behavior, influence others to behave differently and change events. When you take responsibility, it no longer feels as a burden other put onto you, but as a sign of strength you took upon you. That’s why taking responsibility, even though you didn’t really have it, is such a smart thing to do.


Any match where a single goal would have changed the final outcome probably has a larger than average luck factor. All draws are quite lucky in this sense. Of course it could be the case that a draw had very little luck involved. Or that a team won 1-0 and never got into any danger. Nevertheless, most of the time luck plays a major part in draws and wins with only a single goal difference.

What that means is that any analysis of that match had to take into account the luck factor. In fact, the analysis has to explain which parts of the match are due to the quality of players, the training program, strategies and tactics on the one hand and luck on the other hand. And that is quite a difficult job. So for all practical purposes analyses of draws and wins with only a single goal difference, are quite limited. In those games, most of the time, in these matches there is too much happenstance.

To make things even worse, is that one also have to take lucky goals into account. Goals that are scored because of a defender touching the ball, can hardly be said to be the result of the strategy and tactics of the scoring team.