Why did we create Committed?
By John Fitch and Eric Olszewski
How many times have you thought that a book was going to change you?
Have you ever felt like Dave?
Sarah is right. We read so many of the New York Times’ bestsellers, stream the top podcasts, and replay motivational YouTube videos. We passionately talk about these contents with our coworkers and friends, but do we live out the lessons?
We have fooled ourselves into thinking that a one-off seminar, workshop, or book will change us. That this next purchase is going to be the one thing to finally level us up as a leader. And it may motivate us… for a moment, but this feeling seldom sticks around.
And yet, we are still so eager to throw money at this approach to improvement.
…so, how can we create real change?
Instead of reading the book and placing it back on a shelf, why not practice the lessons you value with people at your work and home? Commitment is participating in a book’s ideas rather than just reading them. We believe that putting the knowledge into practice gets you a real-world education.
We want the art of commitment to be easier. Easier to get started. Easier to be held accountable. Easier to track your leadership growth. Easier to learn through experience. Easier to become an easier person to work with.
It needs to be easier because the vital skills of tomorrow are not being taught widely today.
Most of the educational tools and programs we have access to today help us acquire hard skills. These vocational skills are valuable, but frequently change given the age of automation upon us.
Many jobs require additional and very human qualities like communication, empathy, creativity, strategic thinking, questioning, and dreaming. Collectively, we often refer to these qualities as “soft skills,” but don’t let the name fool you; these soft skills are going to be hard currency in the job market as AI and technology take over some of the jobs that can be performed without people.
— Bernard Marr
Success in the workplace of tomorrow necessitates leveling up our soft skills, today. We aren’t saying that we should stop acquiring hard skills altogether, but instead elevate them with soft skills.
- What if your MBA degree was paired with a commitment to creativity?
- What if your role at work was empowered with a commitment to transparency?
- What if your teammates were committed to mindfulness and vulnerability during your next big project?
Soft skills like creativity, transparency, and mindfulness can be rebranded as real skills because they help us thrive in the real world.
We started Committed to allow us all to get an actionable education in these real skills.
You tell us what human skills you want to improve, and we program it all for you — no more information overload or looking for the one thing to change you.
Committed enables a world in which people are valued not only for their hard skills but also their soft skills and are regarded, accordingly. We can start connecting with people based on shared values instead of just shared hard skills — and this, in our opinion, will open the door for a lot more meaningful connection in a world where human connectivity is slowly fading out.
Committed is a commitment to continuous improvement and understanding of oneself. It is akin to having a personal coach and team who are helping you and holding you accountable.
We have been learning a lot from those who have already committed:
We take it further by allowing our network to showcase how they develop throughout the process with various ‘affirmations’ and ‘gifts’. It is a more accurate resume of the person you are rather than just the hard skills you know.
On top of this, the platform is much less expensive than a personal coach.
What books do you obsess over? Which podcast do you stream religiously? Whose life and habits inspire you? Would you like to live out the wisdom that you hear, read, and watch?
We are having fun combining technology and humans to help you commit to the real-world skills that will transform you, your team, and your culture.
All we need from you is confidence in where you want to go.