Simple, Yet Profound Words To Live By: “Commit. Then Figure It Out.”

With a new year comes new resolutions. And most resolutions are moonshot goals that are only successfully achieved by a select few who are willing to commit. Setting a goal without a willingness to commit is destined for failure.

A wise friend once told me:

Commit. Then figure it out.

This good friend is Mick Ebeling whom I first met while speaking alongside him at an innovation summit last summer in Arizona. Whether he knows it or not, he has since served as an inspiration to me to help guide my focus while I navigate unchartered territories and pursue new endeavors in my speaking, writing, and other upcoming initiatives.

Commit.Then Figure it out.

While his message is simple, it is deeply profound in impact and one that he lives by everyday.

As an accidental innovator, Mick turned a simple goal to help one individual that has, in turn, helped many along the way.  He selflessly committed to helping a limbless boy named Daniel (inflicted by the civil war bombs) in conflict ridden Sudan by building an affordable prosthetic arm through the use of 3D printers and then trained the local community to continue his mission by helping others in similar circumstances. What’s most fascinating is that Mick has no training or education in engineering, health, or 3D printers, but committed to learning from those around him so he could achieve his goal. He first committed, and then figured it out.  This, now famous, mission was named Project Daniel, and has since been picked up by numerous media outlets and received numerous accolades for its profound impact on the world.

Mick continues to help one, help many through his lab called Not Impossible.  Quite fittingly, he believes that “if you are willing to commit, then nothing is impossible”. He has demonstrated this time and again through his various projects that leverage technology for the sake of humanity. Check out his other projects here.

How can anyone not be inspired by such stories?

Well now you can read it for yourself in his upcoming book that is being released to the public on January 6, 2015.  You can pre-order it here. I already pre-ordered several copies for myself, friends, and colleagues. By now, we’ve all read the reviews for the top books of 2014, so I thought it would be great to share what I believe will be a bestseller for 2015 and a must read for anyone looking to make a positive impact in the world.

So what moonshot resolution will you commit to in 2015?


SHARE YOUR STORY: Do you have an inspirational story to share? Know of other similar stories? Please share below.

(PS: I’m usually not one to endorse any products or services via my blog, but this is one that I believe fits my ideals and personal values, and needs to be shared with the world. I do not receive any perks, credits or kickbacks by promoting this book. I simply believe in my good friend’s message.)

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