Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 21, 2012

What Rages Beneath.

You need to rethink your business strategy. Your business strategy won’t work all that well if it’s aimed at what people are doing right now. And contrary to conventional wisdom, you shouldn’t take your inspiration from what you hear from employees or partners or customers.

It’s wise to listen and learn.

But what you see and hear probably isn’t as helpful as you think it might be.

Underneath the bravado and glamour of business there lies the realities of human nature — pain and fear drive most decisions.

That’s easy to miss because of how different things look on the surface. On the outside, confidence and impeccable timing appear to drive executive behavior. But what you see isn’t always the truth.

  • It’s effort that drives success. Not luck.
  • It’s determination that results in breakthrough. Not more education.
  • It’s heart that keep you motivated. Not a business process.
  • It’s compassion that builds unity. Not a mission statement.
  • It’s a dream that keeps you focused. Not more money.

What you see on the surface can be confusing.

You miss the chaos and frustration that rages on the inside. The confusion. The sense of panic. The fear of failure.

It’s tend to always be what it’s not…

That tempest often gets left unnoticed. And unresolved.

We’ve forgotten that performance and happiness and satisfaction isn’t about what you achieve but about who you are. About the attitudes and intentions and philosophies that drive you.

All happening beneath the surface. Where you think and sleep and worry. Where you really are you.

That’s true for you and everyone else around you. Business partners. Potential clients. Bosses. Friends.  Family.  They’re all wired the same way.

They struggle telling you the dark and gritty stuff that is happening on the inside. They clean up the outside and hope you don’t notice the confliction.

If you look a little deeper you’ll see a lot more.

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.