Do You Keep Your Promises?

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Ok, now let me ask that question differently…

“Do you keep your promises…TO YOURSELF?”

(My guess is that question yielded a very different response for you. I know it did to me.)

Most of us are good at keeping the promises we make to others. We have to be. If we don’t, we’ll be labeled a “flake” or worse, a “liar” and we’ll be outcast.

But when it comes to the promises we make to ourselves, that’s a different story.

We can lie and “flake out” on ourselves every day, and no one else will know. There are no external consequences to keep us honest.

And that’s why…

The most frequently broken promises are the ones we make to ourselves.

That’s also why Ori is such an inspiration…

Two years ago, Ori made a promise to himself. He said that he would create at least one painting…one work of art…every single day.

Ori kept that promise.

750+ days later and Ori is STILL keeping that promise.

And it’s a promise that wasn’t easy to keep.

There were days when he didn’t know what to paint.

There were days when his paintings weren’t very good.

And I’m sure there were days when he would rather just sit on the couch and watch TV.

But Ori kept his promise.

Ori painted.



Ori painted.

And that’s why Ori inspires me. It’s why HIS WORK inspires me.

Whether it’s freakysublime or just flat out hilarious (seriously…a Zebra Launcher?!), the message is always the same…

…a promise KEPT.

Now Ori is making a new promise. Yes, he’s still painting every day, but in addition to keeping THAT promise he has also promised to become a full-time artists and expand into sculpture and other forms of digital 3D art.

But keeping this promise is going to require a little help from his friends.

I, for one, want to see his promise fulfilled.

That’s why I pledged $1,500 to Ori’s Kickstarter project, “The Uphill Pursuit of Passion”

Will you join me in helping Ori keep his promise?

More importantly, will you join me in keeping more of the promises you make to yourself?


P.S. As I write this post, Ori is $9,168 short of his goal with 8 days to go. With your help, that’s a tiny hill to climb.



  1. says

    Thanks for sharing about Ori Ryan. He seems like a really good guy. Knowing that he kept his promise to himself is inspiring. Makes me want to do the same.

    Have you read The Four Agreements? That book also really helped me to see how important it is to keep commitments to myself, as well as to not tear myself down.

    Keep up the awesome work you do man!


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