Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 18, 2012

Misfit Friends.

Just because you  and the person you’re talking with hate the same people doesn’t mean that you should be friends. Anger isn’t a good foundation for friendship.

Neither is jealously or fear or passive aggression.

You become like the people you spend the most time with.

Which means if you hate and fear and crave and spend your time people who just do the same thing, all the worst parts of you get amplified.  You create bigger monsters to tame later.

Monsters those friends can’t help you tame.

You need people around you that can help elevate your skills.  Which means the best parts of you get promoted.

Hope, possibility, opportunity.

Instead of emoting reactively against what happens to you, you find yourself working proactively to attract champions who get behind you and make you better.

Friendship should be a motivation.  Not a disruption.

If you aren’t getting better you aren’t going the right direction.

Think about that the next time you think your friends are crazy.

Maybe they are.  Maybe you shouldn’t be.

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.