Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 10, 2012

Raging Failure.

We all get frustrated. We all have things that “push our buttons”.

That send us into a rage.

And reality is that it’s not one set of “things” that does it.  It’s a bunch of them in a lot of different little places.

Some of those frustrations are caused by stress in the office. Others are caused by poor personal relationships, bad financial decisions, and unrealized life goals.

Together, this “life baggage” creates feelings of helplessness that can seem to overwhelm anything positive around you in your life.  It is almost as if there is an evil plot brewing in the universe against you.

It all leads to raging failure.

Anger is a dangerous weapon.

It can drive you to rise up on behalf of the weak.  On the other hand it can destroy good intentions with fear and chaos and reckless distraction.

It is all-consuming passion.

Instead of purposeful planning and thoughtful engagement, you find yourself vengeful, defensive, and passive aggressive.

All symptoms of raging failure.

It’s become radically more clear over the last half-decade.

The last few years of economic depression  across the globe have brought to the surface human emotions and bad behavior that further compound the business problems we find ourselves trying to untangle.  We’ve adopted hyper-combative atittudes in place of  kindness, charity, and compromise.

We’re angry.  And it’s robbing us of the bright spots in life.  It’s stealing from us our creativity to see beyond the obstacles in our way.

We’re so concerned about who is taking advantage of us that we don’t take advantage of the talents and resources we have at our disposal.

It’s the rage that blinds us.

Blinds us as we stumble stupidly towards impending doom.

Anger can never quench the fear you feel.

That takes something else.  Not rage.  But compassion.

Think about this.  You’re not the only one hurting.  You’re just like everyone else.  You want to feel a little better tomorrow than you do today.

That just as true for your business as it is for your personal life.

Simmer down.

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.