Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 27, 2013

Don’t Break If You’re Going For Broke.

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is just going far enough to be “a respected loser”.   The guy who gets the polite “golf applause” without the winning the award on conquering a corner of the world. It’s an easy trap to fall into.  You want to be risky and bold and audacious.

But you don’t want to get hurt too badly.

And so you end up breaking going for broke.  You end up with other people politely excusing away your loser lifestyle.

The secret is you.  Your determination.  Your resilience.  Your guts.  It’s all in your hands.  You decide if you’re going to go for broke.  And  if you are going to break along the way.

So it makes no sense to go for broke if you’re not prepared to stick it out when things get tough along the way.  You have to think about that before you get started.  You have to remember that when you’re getting hurt and you want the pain to go away.

You might as well stick it out and be a champion.

It’s tough, but you’re already bloody.  Your tired, but you’re closer to the finish line.  You’re humiliated, so you have less to lose.

You’re more prepared now than ever to do something awesome.  Think about that.

When you’re ready to break, think about that.  And refuse to break.  Bend.  Fold.  Sway.  Flex. Just don’t break.

It’s a choice.  A decision to give up.  And give in.

The truth is that you’re better than that.  You’re tougher than that.

Even if it doesn’t seem like it right now.

That’s the truth.  You’re a winner.

Start acting like it.

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.