Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 8, 2012

You Can’t Lead If You Aren’t Bleeding.

If no one follows you, you aren’t leading. You’re just blazing a trail. And that’s ok as long as you don’t expect others to help you make it to the finish line.

Which begs a deeper question: How do you get people to help you?

You hurt in front of them.

You don’t fake it.  You stop pretending like you have all the answers.  You ask for help.  And opinions.  And criticism.

You desperately search for answers.

And when you fail you pull yourself off the floor and try again.

No pretension.  No pandering.  No pride.

Just the vulnerability of a warrior who bleeds blood.  Who cries tears.  Who strives for greatness beyond the exceptions of those onlooking.

Just because you have authority doesn’t mean you are a leader.  Just because you don’t have authority doesn’t mean you can’t be a leader.

Be vulnerable.  Be fearless.

Bleed.  Fight.


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.