A pledge or a promise (Webster)
Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
– Albert Einstein
Requires ability to take risks
It’s easy to observe those who lack commitment to a project/issue. Their behavior can be characterized as “waffling”, “doing the CYA dance”, “pointing fingers”, “denying any involvement”. Unfortunately my career contained more of these types than those truly committed to the organization, and/or their employees. Most troubling is their inability to take risks.
Is taking risks sometimes costly? Of course, and sometimes they are the wrong approach. Everyone takes risks daily (i.e., driving, walking, climbing up and down ladders), and I’m not talking about those. I’m talking about taking risks that will make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.
Has taking risks been costly for me? Yes, and I do not regret them. Kissing someone’s behind to protect yourself is not what I would call bold and committed. Is it a good idea to confide in a “trusting” associate important? Yes, of course, but always be careful to ensure trust is present in that individual. Some pretend to be “trusting” when in fact they are exactly the opposite. Yes, I speak from experience.
There is great satisfaction, as Einstein said, in, “mastery demands all of a person”.