Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 3, 2012

Celebrating the Secret to Success.

There is no faster way to world domination than in putting in gut-busting hard work.  Grueling emotional (and physical) labor. In all the chaos and frustration of being a business leader it is easy to lose track of that — especially when you are looking for answers.  When you aren’t getting the results that you want.  When you need to change and need to fix things fast.

More labor is the secret.

Not another seminar, webinar, or mastermind group. More hard work.  Not working smarter, just harder.

That’s the secret to accomplishing audacious acts of mind-blowing greatness.

And it didn’t always use to be a secret. One hundred years ago it was just called “common sense”. To get more you have to do more.  To change your life you had to do more.  To make  more money you had to do more.  It wasn’t a secret at all; it was just a way of life.  What fathers told their sons.  What leaders told their employees.  What schools taught their students.

But then we got too important to work hard.

We bought into social peer pressure that told us that we needed a college degree first.  Ten years of experience in our field.  And “Six Sigma” certification.

And those are good things.  It’s impossible to do something amazing when you are undisciplined or a dumb-ass. Or both.

But when things are wrong and you are pacing the floor wondering how to put the pieces back together, your certification and degrees and experience won’t help you save your dreams.  Sadly, you usually figure that way too late.

So maybe it is time to return to the glory days of celebrating raw, unfettered human effort.

Encouraging bold and inspired acts of labor.

Of course, we need to think smarter and work smarter and be smarter, but most importantly we need to work harder.

More labor. Emotional labor.  Physical labor.  Intellectual labor.

That’s the (not so) secret to success.

Happy Labor Day — today and every day.

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.