Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

January 9, 2012

Irrational Acquiescence.

What comes naturally is to smile and nod instead of forcing yourself to think through the decision that you’re making at the time. It is fanciful to assume that just because you have a goal and work really hard that you will achieve the success that you want yourself. It is irrational to only stop and think through the big decisions.

Every decision matters.

Not just the big life-changing goals you scribble on a whiteboard.

Chances are it will be the small decisions that ultimately determine what you achieve. And that means you have to take the time to think through each decision that you make.  Right when you are making it.

So just smiling, nodding, shrugging, and hoping that you have time to think about it later is definitely the wrong strategy.

It’s irrational acquiescence.

  • The placating politician does it hoping that ambiguity gives him an excuse if something doesn’t work out. It also causes his constituents to lose respect for him.
  • The passive aggressive executive does it hoping to leverage some else’s failure into an opportunity for advancement. It’s a strategy that backfires over the long-term.
  • The overworked entrepreneur does it praying that nothing will go wrong and that they get a second chance. Sometimes you don’t get a second chance and a lot of the time that decision is much bigger than you originally thought it to be.

If it’s your dream and your success and your reward.

Why would you hand over your decision making ability anyone else but you?

That’s hard to justify matter how you look at success.

Take back control.

Take back responsibility.

Be amazing every decision.

(Especially the small ones)

About the author

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.