Taking the Heat

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“I willl take the heat”. “I like the heat” are both oversimplified statements, jargon, that mean far more than what they sound like. Taking the heat means accepting the consequences for the decisions made, accepting responsibility and willing to bear the burden of criticism, judgment and unhappiness from those who disagree with what was decided.

“Taking the heat” also means taking responsibility for a belief, a philosophy, an ideology or a theory you are willing to defend. There is no room for blame. If you are willing to “take the heat” you give up the right to blame anyone else. It is all on you. When we hear statements that have become sound bite expressions made to make someone sound bold, look beyond the expression to the actual meaning and you may not find more than bluster.

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