Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 25, 2012

Why Being Successful Isn’t What You Really Want From Life.

“Let’s make this a success, okay?”  You’ve probably ended a business strategy meeting with these words. Being successful is a big part of everything that we do. We set goals based on our need to be successful. We adapt, learn, and improve based on our need to be successful.  We talk about it. We go to seminars, webinars, and networking events to learn more about it. We crave success.

Or do we?

At face value it would seem like achieving success is what we want from life. With that success comes satisfaction and money and authority and a sense of accomplishment.  All the things we say we’re told are the ideal lifestyle.

But more than we want to be successful, we just want to be happy. That’s our primary driver. Happiness. A simple word. But an attitude that at times seems impossible to achieve.

The truth is that you might not want to be more successful. You probably just want to be happier. And there’s nothing wrong with being more successful. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make more money. Wanting to get promoted. Wanting a title with more responsibility and reward.

Push the limits. Push yourself to achieve bigger and bolder things. But don’t ever forget the real battle that is going on inside you.

The struggle to be happy.

At your core, beyond survival that is the only thing that really matters. You are wired to want to be happy. You want to find meaning to your existence. To take pleasure in feeling loved and loving others.

It’s happiness that you’re looking for. So along the way in your pursuit for money and fame and recognition and achieving bold ideas remember that status or money can only keep you happy for the short term.

You have to find peace inside yourself and around you. You have to get comfortable living in your own skin.

Everything you do doesn’t have to be fun and giggles. But it is important to understand that without meaning no accomplishment is enough.

Are you happy?

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.