The French Philosopher of renown Jean Paul Sartre believed that to relinquish ones personal responsibility by blaming outside forces for ones decisions is a form of intellectual suicide.
One of the essential ideas of Sartre was the idea known as Bad Faith, he considered bad faith to be any sort of belief that denies that oneself has the responsibility for ones choices and hence the responsibility for the situation one is in.
There is confluence between the ideas of Jean Paul Sartre and the American philosopher William Walker Atkinson. Both believed that people are ultimately personally responsible for their destiny. Sartre believed that people were condemned to freedom.
Atkinson stressed the importance of consciously choosing the thoughts one thinks, treat ones thoughts as a work of art and view oneself as the artist.