Personal responsibility means that I am the master of my own destiny. It is the opposite of entitlement thinking that suggests others are responsible to make me happy. Free individuals are free precisely because they have taken responsibility for their own lives and let go of whatever primitive impulses there may have been to blame others for their own lack of happiness. The empowered individual does not let impediments get in the way of his own existential search for happiness and meaning, indeed he sees temporary obstacles as necessary challenges in the quest for meaning, flow, and the good life. He does not live in quiet desperation as Thoreau noted in his famous characterization of most men, but instead he desperately seeks his own happiness by taking responsibility without blame. He does not blame God or man for his lack of success. He knows he is the master of his own destiny and he is up to the challenge.