Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

March 14, 2012

Refusing To Be An Imposter.

We all want to be something that we’re not. At least, that’s how we’re talked to by advertisers, coaches, and business experts.

According to the pros, you’re better off being an imposter than relentlessly pursuing bold ideas.

You’re told that:

  • It’s better to be rich then build relationships.
  • It’s better to “get yours first” rather than give happiness to others.
  • It’s better to smile but hurt inside than to cry but heal.

We’re told that we need to be what everyone else thinks we should be.  Not who we really are right now.

So instead of moving towards our goals, we move toward the mirage of who we are pretending to be.

Instead of being leaders, we’ve become business fakes.

Entrepreneurial impostors.

We act like we have a goal, a mission, a greater purpose, and then abandon those dreams when those around us don’t agree with us.

When the going gets tough, we start complaining.  We adopt a whining attitude instead of a winning attitude.

But deep down we all know that something is wrong.  We know that we’re not who we say we should be.

We look within ourselves and see a liar, not a leader.

And even though the harsh reality of our situation is clear to us, we don’t work on being a better “us”.  We choose a path of confusion and camouflage.

We choose excuses over honesty and effort.

And the sad truth is that those around us don’t need the imposter that we have become.

They need the innovator we should have become.

  • We’re told that having it all together makes us qualified to lead. But how can you put the pieces back together until you’ve had them ripped apart yourself?
  • We’re told that it’s brain and brilliance that win out over heart and soul.  But how can you “do” until you “are”?

The choice is yours.  You can be who you should be or you pretend to be what others think you ought to be.

Refuse to be an imposter.

  1. Deny the crowd the dignity of listening to their criticism.
  2. Create goals and a future for yourself that is wildly audacious.
  3. Stop asking others for permission to dream big dreams.
  4. Refuse to stop fighting until you have figured it out for yourself.

No one wants to be a fake.

We all want to be the real thing.

We just get confused about what the real thing really is.

But that’s for you to decide.

Not everyone else shouting at you from the sidelines.

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.