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Why You Should Only Make Promises You Can Deliver On

There are two types of people in this world: those whose words are worth a lot and those whose words are not.

You've probably dealt with both. Some people, when they make a promise or, simply, when they state something, mean business — and you know it.

They will do whatever it takes to accomplish a goal — their words are nearly set in stone. You know when they say something, it's thought out, deliberate and you can expect results to be delivered. And, even if they haven't planned or foreseen some obstacle they find along the way, they'll make sure they overcome it.

On the other hand, there are also people whose words are inconsistent and untrustworthy. What they said yesterday doesn't necessarily stand true today.

In fact, they might not even remember what was promised yesterday. They glide from one promise to the next, on and on, with no genuine sense of commitment. Their general mindsets might be consistent, but how and what they declare to do changes every day as if no consequences existed.

From my experience in life, the majority of people — I would dare to say the only people — with whom you want to surround yourself are the ones whose words are worth a lot.

People who make specific promises and declarations and stand by them, regardless of what circumstance may change. The type of people who say “This will be done,” and you can trust them to make it happen, come hell or high water.

Trust is one of the most important concepts in life, both in terms of your personal friends and business contacts. You need to be able to trust people.

You need to be able to hear someone say, “This will be done”, and trust that will absolutely happen. You can only trust someone as long as you can trust his or her word.

If someone breaks their promises consistently, or continually switches from one commitment to the next, it's hard to consider the person to be reliable. It's difficult to be able to work together or to make something happen with this person.

Needless to say, you should strive to be this type of person. Don't make many promises. Make a few that are well thought out and genuine, and keep them. Be aware that though things might change, you still promised to deliver.

Give your word, and when you do, do whatever it takes to make something happen. Demand the same from others.

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Vasco Patrício

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Vasco is a contributing writer based in Boston, MA and Lisbon, Portugal. Having co-founded two Enterprise Data startups and having pursued mentoring roles, Vasco participates in the BGI startup accelerator within the MIT-Portugal initiative.
Vasco is a contributing writer based in Boston, MA and Lisbon, Portugal. Having co-founded two Enterprise Data startups and having pursued mentoring roles, Vasco participates in the BGI startup accelerator within the MIT-Portugal initiative.

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