Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 20, 2012

Anger Isn’t A Strategy.

Not getting along isn’t a winning strategy for long-term success.  You just end up looking like a fool. While it’s only human that you have an opinion, forcing your opinion on everyone else all the time just isn’t a winning formula for getting people to follow you.

It is guaranteed to backfire.

Anger, at first, creates options. It allows passionate people to choose sides.  It creates urgency.  It defines the cost of the battle.

For a little while, anger is energizing.

But, anger for too long creates confusion and resentment.  Both sides go too far.  Things are said that can’t be taken back.  The original cause of the conflict seems to have been forgotten in the quest for not having to take a step backwards.

Anger may be a great way to get your business strategy off the ground, but the lift you get will only be short-term.  You had better be ready to turn outrage and paranoia into an idea that everyone can get behind.

You don’t want to turn into your own target.

Playing to the angry mob only works if they have an enemy other than you.

Get angry. Rage loudly. And then use that anger to create change that matters.

Anger by itself is a losing strategy.

It’s what you do with your anger that matters.

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.