1.17.2013

14 Things You Can’t Do.

  1. You can’t learn if you aren’t willing to listen.
  2. You can’t care less about others and expect them to care more about you.
  3. You can’t give up and find a solution anyway.
  4. You can’t be passive aggressive and not get stabbed in the back yourself.
  5. You can’t hurt others with your words and still be respected by those around you.
  6. You can can’t be lazy and lucky at the same time.
  7. You can’t ignore good advice and still make good decisions consistently.
  8. You can’t lead by fear and expect more than the bare minimum from those who follow.
  9. You can’t put in half the discipline required and realize the full reward of the competition.
  10. You can’t expect others to give you a second chance when you won’t give them one first.
  11. You can’t get a lot without giving a lot.
  12. You can’t just go through the motions and be more than mediocre.
  13. You can’t expect fairness when you don’t live with kindness.
  14. You can’t find opportunities for greatness when you aren’t looking for them.

You can’t have it both ways.

If you want to be successful you have to do things that are hard.  Life has to be uncomfortable for you at times.

That’s just how it goes.

So if you find yourself taking the easy route, know that it’s the wrong path to be on.  You’re never going to end up where you want to be.

Basically, all of life comes down to a simple reality: “You can’t keep doing the wrong things and get the right results.”


  • Jay

    Good post!

    I like the thought you put into this. Looks original.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Thanks, Jay. Glad you liked this. I was traveling last night and thought about this on the road…

      Dan

      p.s. Being “original” is kinda our thing over here.

  • RScott

    Yeah, this is a good one. Thanks Dan

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      You bet….

      Dan

  • http://markharai.com/ Mark Harai

    A nice dose of reality here, Dan… A most excellent post!

  • http://markharai.com/ Mark Harai

    A nice dose of reality here, Dan – a most excellent post!

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Thanks, bother. Time to get crazy and start pushing the limits, ehhh?

      Dan

      • http://markharai.com/ Mark Harai

        There’s no better time than the present to make sh_t happen, Dan!

        I’m with you. I’m going to put a dent in something this year :o

        Cheers to making a difference, bro – you can count on my support : )

  • http://dannybrown.me/ Danny Brown

    Damn, there are so many examples of “Hell yeah!” it’s impossible to know where to start. So I’ll just say, “Amen, sir” and mosey on along.

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      Thanks, Danny. Glad you liked this. I had fun writing this….

      Dan

  • Vince Reindl

    So true…put discipline around these strategies and you have a winning formula to accomplish anything. Thanks for saying it so succinctly!

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      You bet, Vince…

  • JKR

    The problem is we routinely see examples contrary to the above every day. Lazy people DO fall backwards into luck, Many successful people don’t care about others. Women are plenty kind, but fair doesn’t begin to explain the treatment we get professionally or personally. We’re always taught that when we let go or give up or stop looking for things, they will come to us on their own. In fact several people put in much less than the competition and come out blazing trails of their own luck. How is it that real people, with zero competitive advantages to start, zero expectation except to be treated fairly, and average concern for others are supposed to stay motivated when some of the worst people are not only professionally but also personally successful?

    • http://www.DanWaldschmidt.com/ Dan Waldschmidt

      That’s not a problem. That’s just reality. The rain falls on the road as well as the crops. On the good and on the bad.

      You cant blame the stupid luck of bad people as a reason for not achieving your won success. Yes, it is hard at times to watch others “get ahead” by cheating and bad behavior. But karma is an interesting thing. What goes around comes around.

      Dan

      • http://www.facebook.com/bauermarty Marty Bauer

        Totally agree that karma is an interesting thing. One thing we CAN do is focus on long term goals vs. wanting the biggest payoff today. It is always the hardest decisions that payoff most in the long run. The journey I started this week is a result of something you Dan started me on back in July. Thanks.

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