Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 2, 2012

The Arrogance Of Big Dreams.

Ever notice how you offend some people when you want more for yourself.  You make some people angry when you decide to escape the ordinary and dream of defying the impossible. But nothing changes without a dream.  Without you dreaming.  Whether you are leading a company, trying to coax your industry out of the “dark ages”, or just attempting to close new customers, it takes big dreams to pull off impossible tasks.

If you aren’t dreaming big, you aren’t doing big things.

Success starts with the arrogance of a dream.

After all, what makes you any different than the “non-dreamers” around you?  You probably don’t have any more money than they do.  Chances are you don’t have a higher college degree than them.  You aren’t any luckier, smarter, or well connected.

At face value there is no reason to believe that you are any more likely to succeed than everyone else.  So why should you try?

That’s the unspoken question that lingers.  That’s what goes through your head sometimes.  That’s what you’ll hear from those around you if you appear to eager to try something new.

But you know the secret behind dreaming big dreams.

Nothing ever gets done until you try.  Success isn’t the dream.  It’s the inspiration behind how hard you work to make that dream come true.  It’s not the finish line.  It’s the fuel that drives you.

What looks like arrogance is just vulnerability with an outer crust of ambition and resolve.  It’s you knowing that the odds are not in the favor and still trying.  It’s the courage to look past your own fear and pain and loss and failure and guilt  — and do something different.

And that’s pretty damn impressive.  That, by itself, makes you luckier.  Stronger.  Tougher.  Smarter.

But it doesn’t mean that people like you any more.

It doesn’t mean that those around you start supporting you any more than they did before.

You’re everything that they aren’t but want to be.  You remind  them of what they could have been.  Of what they could still be if they were willing to be vulnerable.

That doesn’t make you better than them.  It just means that you are willing to try something that might lead to you getting hurt.  It means that in the quietness of the night you are holding out hope for a better future.

Some might call it arrogance.  You know it by a different definition — courage.

So dream on.


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.