Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 31, 2009

When We Don’t Run At the Same Speed


Under the right incentive almost any one of us can run the same distance in the same amount of time.

It might only be 20 feet… or 2… but until we scale the challenge with hills and distance and time requirements, we are all pretty much the same.

There’s a certain quiet inspiration to that observation.  That what separates us from each other is our will to win.

Success is not about the 20 feet where we are all the same.  It’s how we perform on the hills and over a long distance that determine our destiny.

And it’s on those hills where we have the greatest opportunity to separate ourselves from the pretenders.

You’re fighting for air.  For the finish-line.  You just want this part of the race to be over.  And yet you find yourself half-way up a hill with the goal somewhere over the top of the ridge with nothing left but the guts to put one foot in front of the other.

And so that’s what you do.

You run…

Because you believe in your heart (and hope in your soul) that the goal is up ahead.

And even if it’s not, you’ve left the pack behind…

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Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.