Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

March 29, 2012

How Extraordinary Happens.

Doing something that is amazing isn’t an accident. Living an extraordinary life doesn’t come naturally.

What comes naturally is for you to just be ordinary.

Which is how most of us stay.  That’s what is normal.

So we invented a new word to describe something that transcends mediocrity.  A word that communicates more than average. More amazing than  everything else ahead of it.

We simply call those “extra-ordinary.”  Not ordinary.  Something extra.

But even that begs explanation.  How does it happen?

How can you manufacture something more than ordinary?

Extraordinary starts with you.

It starts with an ordinary person at an ordinary job doing ordinary things on an ordinary day.

No special advantages.  No remarkable skills that can’t be duplicated.  No larger bank account.

Just all-around “ordinary”.

Then that ordinary person decides to do something extra. Something a lot-a-bit extra.

And not just one time.

They do it day after day after day after day.

And then one day, all of us watching them notice that “ordinary” is no longer the accurate description for who that person has become. For what they have done.

And all we can do is simply shake our heads and remark that what we have just seen is extraordinary.

Because it was. And because they were.

And that’s how extraordinary happens.

By not being satisfied by what is ordinary.  By doing something extra.

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.