Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 31, 2013

Successfully Living Life Right Side Down.

There’s a cycle in life. And managing the flow of that cycle is important if you’re going to be successful. Some call this cycle the “ups and downs” of life. And that’s one way to describe it. But that creates an image in most of our minds of an ocean wave. An unending linear motion that goes up and down and up again. Moment after moment after moment.

Life is more like a tumbleweed rolling through the Wild West. It’s not so much an up-and-down motion as it is a spinning upside down contortion. Turning around while moving forward. Getting blown side to side while trying to keep in the middle of the road.

It’s natural to not be good at living part of your life upside down and off the beaten path. And there’s no easy way to plan for that. To manage that. To get used to that.

Being upside down and turned around is the exact opposite of what you’ve tried to spend most of your life doing. So you fight against it. You don’t like that it’s happening when you’re in the middle of it. You want to be right side up.

All that is natural.

But perhaps a better response is to embrace the cycle. Not enjoy it. Not pretend like you’re OK. But to respect the process and to anticipate the glory of being back on your feet and swinging your sword with both hands.

Whether it’s business or your private life, professional or personal, you’re going to end up on your head, blown side to side.

In that moment, remember the cycle. This is where you are now.

Its not forever. Its just right now.

Heal. Grieve. Resolve. Learn.

And when the moment comes where you find yourself standing back up, act like a man possessed by the visions of those upside down moments

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.