Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 25, 2012

10 Reasons Not To Believe Anything Or Anyone.

  1. Because you can’t be sure they aren’t lying to you.
  2. Because you don’t believe anything you don’t do (or see) for yourself.
  3. Because  you’re too busy to stop and think through all the angles.
  4. Because you don’t want to believe.
  5. Because believing would challenge what you think you already believe.
  6. Because it’s less vulnerable than demonstrating trust. 
  7. Because you don’t feel like it.
  8. Because you don’t need to believe anything new right now.
  9. Because you aren’t sure what you believe to start with. 
  10. Because you aren’t a believer.

(and the list goes on and on)

There is always a reason not to believe.

To mistrust.  To deny the obvious.  To discredit anything unconventional, different, or challenging.

But distrust isn’t a formula for break-through.  It’s not arecipe for life success.  It’s a frustrating trap of fear and pain and confusion.

You can’t be a cynic and live fulfilled and focused on your goals.  You can’t be happy and hateful at the same time.

But believing isn’t easy.

Sometimes you get hurt.  Sometimes you believe in the wrong thing and end up feeling embarrassed and stupid.  You can lose friends and money and time and credibility.

But believing gives you the edge.

A believer always makes it farther than someone just going through the motions.  A believer fights harder for he wants.  A believer makes it to the finish line faster.

Sure there are bumps and bruises along the way.  Tears and pain.  But there just aren’t enough good reasons to stop believing.

Even if you just believe in you, that’s enough.

Start there.

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.