Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 14, 2012

Refusing To Lose Quietly.

You don’t have to go down quietly. You don’t have to throw up your hands, hang your head, and admit defeat.

It is a choice. Both giving up and fighting on.

They are just choices.

And it’s your choice today.

That’s important to remember. Because it can seem like it’s not your choice. It can appear like the matter has already been decided. That no matter what you do you’re going to lose.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

You can’t be stopped until you quit moving forward.

Just because things didn’t go your way the first time (or any time so far) doesn’t mean that they won’t go your way the next time.

A thousand years ago, the battle between primal warriors was more clear.  Giving up wasn’t as easy a choice as it is for us today.  Losing meant giving up everything — your honor and your life.

And so, no matter how badly you were injured, you fought on. You grabbed your weapon and with every ounce of courage you could muster, you waged war with the enemy.

To lose quietly meant death.

And that choice wasn’t something you were prepared to choose.

Today’s options are more sophisticated. You can give up but still pretend you try. You can give up and not care about trying.

Or you can try and try and try and try and try again.

You can refuse to lose quietly.

And be a warrior.

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.