• Dedicated

  • The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing
  • By: Pete Davis
  • Narrated by: Pete Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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A profoundly inspiring and transformative argument that purposeful commitment and civic engagement can be a powerful force in today’s age of restlessness and indecision.

Most of us have had this experience: browsing through countless options on Netflix, unable to commit to watching any given movie—and losing so much time skimming reviews and considering trailers that it’s too late to watch anything at all. In a book inspired by an idea first articulated in a viral commencement address, Pete Davis argues that this is the defining characteristic of the moment: keeping our options open. We are stuck in “Infinite Browsing Mode”—swiping through endless dating profiles without committing to a single partner, jumping from place to place searching for the next big thing, and refusing to make any decision that might close us off from an even better choice we imagine is just around the corner. This culture of restlessness and indecision, Davis argues, is causing tension in the lives of young people today: We want to keep our options open, and yet we yearn for the purpose, community, and depth that can only come from making deep commitments.

In Dedicated, Davis examines this quagmire, as well as the counterculture of committers who have made it to the other side. He shares what we can learn from the “long-haul heroes” who courageously commit themselves to particular places, professions, and causes—who relinquish the false freedom of an open future in exchange for the deep fulfillment of true dedication. Weaving together examples from history, personal stories, and applied psychology, Davis’s “insightful without being preachy…guide to commitment should be on everyone’s reading list” (Booklist, starred review).

©2021 Pete Davis. All rights reserved. “The Abnormal Is Not Courage” from COLLECTED POEMS by Jack Gilbert, ©2012 Jack Gilbert. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Almost too difficult to listen to

Pete Davis' voice cracks almost every other word. It is very annoying. I listen at 1.3x and it is very annoying. I tried it at 1x and it is even worse.

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Get a narrator!

The content is thought provoking. It’s almost impossible to listen to though because the author is the narrator and it sounds like he’s going through puberty. Additionally, he can not seem to pronounce words properly and I have had to rewind several times just to understand what he was saying. I felt like I was listening to some high school kids bs’ing with each other.

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Great Writer, Terrible Narrator

Overall, a decent book with a worthwhile message and thought-provoking anecdotes, but Davis' voice constantly cracks and was a bit unbearable to listen to at times. His voice makes his text less powerful. However, the writing, despite how its read aloud, is expertly crafted and gets his points across with eloquence.

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Commit To The Bit!

Well done Pete. Long time fan from Current Affairs, and your podcasting experience translates to long-form storytelling joyfully. As a perpetual procrastinator with life-halting ADHD, self help books feel inept to me. This is the first in a while where I felt spoken to not only as an individual who wants to Get Better, but as a leftist and community member who wants to motivate myself to build a better world. Motivated to change my ways as a serial dabbler....

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good points but leave the narration to the pros

very interesting thesis about the value of commitment. many good examples about the value of going deep and over the Long haul. everywhere we go we see people just skimming the tops of the waves. the book could have been shorter it's a little preachy but there's good content

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Dated lecture on personal responsibly

I am a committed person who was eager to read this book. However, I was immediately turned off when it became apparent this was a 1980s, blame the victim, book instead of a deep dive into the systems that prevent people from being able to commit. Workplaces that cut hours in order to not give benefits, childcare costs, racism, sexism, this book is stating the obvious, but not providing solutions for the problems that have placed people in situations in which they are unable to commit. This book was obviously written by a rich white man with tenure and full workplace benefits who has never had to leave a job because of discrimination, corporate cut backs, childcare costs, or lack of upward mobility. This is a society issue, not a personal responsibility problem.

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Thoughtful, engrossing, persuasive

This is a fantastic book. As someone who can spend an evening trying to decide what to watch on Netflix or Prime or HBO or Hulu or PBS, and end up watching nothing, I totally related to the book's premise: all the freedom of choice can be overwhelming, in many areas of life. I listened to this book while gardening and painting a room (having spent too many hours trying to decide on paint colors and then changing my mind after the first coat) and was totally absorbed in it. I've thought about its points several times since finishing the book a couple of months ago.
The narration is good--it's earnest, unique, and well-paced. Much better than generic narrators who sound like television announcers or robots. This book is from the heart and the narration reflects this. I hope it gets the public attention that it deserves.

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Mastery is Dedicated

Complete dedication is mastery. well written, clear and concise. immediately applicable to those who dare move into the "counter culture".

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The book I didn't know I needed

I haven’t read any of Pete Davis’ books, so I didn’t know what to expect from this one, but it was fantastic. We’re all flooded with choices and options more than ever, which makes it difficult for us to stick to one thing. We’re afraid to commit to one thing because we want to leave our options open, and FOMO is definitely a problem I struggle with, and I know many others do as well. Pete Davis presents a compelling argument for why we need to stay dedicated to relationships, projects, jobs, interests, and much more. Without even realizing it, this book was something I needed in my life because I have 1,000 ideas a day and often jump from one to another. I took a bit longer to read this book than others because I really wanted to savor the lessons from it and implement some of the ideas into the different projects that I’m currently working on. This was an excellent book, and now I look forward to checking out the other books that Pete has written.

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Gives language and vision to these times

Gives language to describe these times. And hope and vision for what we can become.

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