7 Things Drift Taught Me About Commitment

I’m reflecting on a young man who doesn’t care much for making commitments. I’ll call him Drift. He’s easygoing, generous, kind, carefree, and transparent. I like him.

people commit for their reasons not yours

Drift doesn’t demand much from life. He takes things as they come.

In his role, you might be surprised to know that Drift is committed, dedicated, flexible, helpful, and reliable. He doesn’t make commitments because it’s the right thing to do. He makes commitments for his reasons, not someone else’s.

Frankly, Drift makes a bigger contribution than many who fit more traditional patterns.

7 things Drift taught me about commitment:

#1. The leader of Drift’s team is dedicated, opinionated, transparent, directive, and compassionate. Overall, Drift’s team leader is a strong personality with lots of opinions. They don’t clash. They like each other. Relationships matter to Drift.

#2. Drift feels comfortable being respected and receiving direction.

#3. Don’t ask Drift to participate in collaborative decisions. He goes with the flow and likes it that way.  

#4. Commitment isn’t difficult for Drift. He only commits to things he enjoys. When Drift is thanked for his contribution, he always says the same thing. “I enjoy it.” Dedication isn’t difficult when you enjoy what you do.

#5. Drift is strong, not weak. He won’t be pressured into making commitments that aren’t appealing to him. He won’t make commitments that might help him “get ahead”. Enjoyment is more important than getting ahead in Drift’s world.

#6. Drift enjoys commitments that fall within his competence. He doesn’t want to stretch into new areas. He wants to do things that he enjoys and does well.

#7. Frustration and disappointment await any leader who aspires more for Drift than he aspires for himself.

What observations about commitment do you think are most useful for working with Drift?

What can leaders do to create environments where people make commitments?

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