Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 27, 2012

You Can’t Delegate Progress.

‘Tis the business parable of magic mushrooms. There is this unspoken business advice that you will hear from many experts that if you build a good enough process for your business that you can walk away and things will operate like you intend.

You’ll hear experts tell you that if you “have a marketing platform” for your business that you can launch an endless stream of successful products and each one will leverage the experience of the previous one.  All with you out of the picture.

It’s shocking ridiculousness.

Based on the dual insanity that hard work doesn’t really matter and that you can exploit other people and be successful in the long term.

Neither of which work.  Ever.

Which brings about a startling observation you need to think about.

Progress isn’t some “day labor” ditch-digging assignment you can hire out to anyone.  That’s your mission.  That’s your job.

It’s the only things that truly matters in your business. And it demands your leadership.

Your experience.  Your passion.  Your insights.

And there is just no way to shortcut that.  No platform big enough or business process smart enough to replace what you bring to your company.

Face it. You can’t be replaced.

So why are you trying to sucker-punch your odds for being successful?  Why are you attempting to blow-up one of the most amazing thing you’ve done so far?

It’s a waste of all your hard work and talents.  You don’t need to be the center of attention all the time.  This isn’s a discussion about machismo, ego, and “always being right”.  That’s stuff doesn’t work long term any way.

It is a reminder that there is no easy route.  There is no shortcut.  No silver bullet.  And anyone who pretends otherwise is just flat-out wrong.

Sadly you’re the one who ends up paying the cost of believing such nonsense.

You walk away and your dreams head in the opposite direction.

The truth is that you can’t delegate progress.

And why would you want to.  It’s your future after all.

Why not own it.

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.