0272 – The Magic Moment of Commitment

“At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.” –Goethe

I heard this quote a few days ago from Tom Root, an entrepreneur, a partner of Zingerman’s Mail Order and founder of Maker Works. Talk about awesome people saying awesome things in Ann Arbor.

So how does–or how can–the universe conspire to assist someone like you or me?

My mentor once told me that he sometimes say things to have it heard by the life force and imprinted on the grand tablet of the universe. There really is something special about the moment when you say “Hell yes, I’m going to do this.” I can still recall the moment when I decided that I’ve had enough with conforming with expectations and wanted to pursue my own passions and values. It was as if some mysterious life force injected some magical boost in me that invigorated me and got me believing in my future. I committed myself to staying true to my passions and values and serving the greater good. Granted, I did not have an easy path from that moment to now, but every moment in life is an opportunity to learn, especially those that hurt you the most.

You really just have to make the first move.

When I did take that first step, I had no idea where I’d end up. Life really has steered me to paths I’d never imagined I would be on. I remembered the day when I tried to steal a pack of cards from the department store. Fast forward 15 years later–after my commitment, I found a $20 bill in the parking lot and donated it to charity. Not once was I tempted to keep it for myself. I was… shocked. And proud.

Change is possible. You just gotta believe.


6 thoughts on “0272 – The Magic Moment of Commitment

  1. MoreMaor March 21, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Really inspirational stuff, Pete. Was there any specific event that prompted you to stop conforming and pursue your own passions? I would love to read a blog post where you go into more detail about
    a) what passions and values you used to have
    b) what caused you to pursue new passions and values
    b) what your new passions and values are

    • Pete W March 22, 2012 / 5:47 pm

      You know what… I just realized I haven’t really written something about that in a long time. Thanks for the suggestion. Watch for it soon.

  2. jjheller March 21, 2012 / 5:20 pm

    I agree with MoreMaor, I definitely want to hear about what inspired you. Your blog and its content is just so positive and happy, it’s quite the contrast from my cynical and negative observations. I’m a big fan.

    • Pete W March 22, 2012 / 5:49 pm

      Ha. Funny you said that. I think it’s fun to make fun of people. Became a fan of that since the pursuit of jappiness came out. I’m actually gonna be taking a more serious tone when I blog about sustainability, so we’ll see how that contrast goes.

  3. springsteen1 March 21, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    This is really interesting. I try and be positive and optimistic, but it’s getting tougher, as will be evidenced by my own couple of observations in blogs in the days and weeks ahead. There is absolutely a ton of things, in professional, personal life, etc., that can go wrong with being pessimistic/negative, but very little if anything (only contextually) that can go wrong with being optimistic. I find that positive people are socially and romantically successful, and usually get promoted first. Cheers.

    • Pete W March 22, 2012 / 5:51 pm

      Yeah being happy does wonders to your life. But you know… it’s always a struggle. I struggle with it everyday, especially with all the demands of a college workload.

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