Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 11, 2012

Emotional Courage.

It takes emotional courage to say “no” when “maybe” or “we’ll see” leaves you the wiggle room to avoid immediate confrontation. It takes emotional courage to be kind when pointing out the flaws of your opponent will make you gratified right now.

It takes emotional courage to be professional and candid when passion aggression and situational dishonesty allow to you solve symptoms instead of addressing the uncomfortable underlying issues.

It takes emotional courage to smile and and ask someone else “how you can help” when you feel like you need so much help yourself.

It takes emotional courage to be different when populist peer pressure is easy to blindly adopt.

It takes emotional courage to resist being a bully even when you think the facts are on your side.

It takes emotional courage to make a difference.

Not brains or brawn or business braggadocio.

Emotional.  Courage.

Think about that the next time you’re faced with a tough business choice.

Most people will never know how brave you really are.  But that’s OK.  It’s your life to live anyway.

So live it standing up.

Outside and inside.


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.