a time, I was a young kid with a ton of free time…
In the late 80’s I committed to finish Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros with only 1 life.
✓ Nailed it
In the late 90’s I committed to drinking a bottle of whiskey to prove to my best friend that whiskey’s big deal is that 'adults' only liked it because of its weird taste.
✓ Nailed it.. I think!
In the early 00’s I committed to renovating my first house. Pretty sure I still have demolition dust in my lungs...
✓ Nailed it to a point! There's always something else to paint, right!
In the early 10’s I committed to Emma and seeing the world together.
✓ Ongoing project!
Seeing something through (including those things that end up being a waste of time) tends to give me a huge morale boost, so I’ve naturally overcommitted many, many times.
In 2012 I was going to do the best wedding album ever.
Haven’t got past page 4 yet.
In 2018 committed to have my website done and it was going to be epic.
Making up 2 years later.
The list goes on and on and on, side projects, requests, personal projects...
At some point you get to learn the weight words carry and realise that keeping your word is an asset.
An essential one.
You learn that you can’t blame clients for not taking you seriously, or your bosses for being unfair, or your friends for cancelling on you. It is all you. Be professional, be accountable, keep your principles, and keep your word. Everything else should fall right into place.