One of my sons was explaining his frustration with his work, and as I listened to him it was clear to me that his frustration was with organizational policies that were established in executive meetings that he was not part of. I perceived that he was trying to take responsibility for policies that were beyond the scope of his job. So I said simply, “Well, you know, you aren’t the president.” He stopped abruptly and got the point immediately, laughing as he did, his burden already reduced. After that when we talked about his work, he referred to his office as that of “not the president.” He later observed that I helped by having a fresh, impersonal perspective that wasn’t hooked into the melodrama of the situation. It is critically important to accept the responsibilities of one’s job and also to recognize the limits of those responsibilities. Otherwise, chronic frustration will result.