Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 27, 2013

You Can’t Climb Higher Than You’re Willing To Crawl.

There comes a time in life when you realize how hard it is to achieve what you want for yourself. Regardless of your aspirations, your skills, or the unique environment that you think only you live in, you will come to a point where you realize that it’s a lot harder than you thought it would be.

Suddenly, you just know.

You know that you’re a little weaker than you hoped you would be. You know that the obstacle in front of you is a little bigger then you’re comfortable with.

You just know that it’s going to be tough. And that’s scary. Knowing that it’s going to hurt is scary.

You can deal with being blindsided by an unfortunate experience or bad luck.

You can handle a freak disaster.

But you’re probably not so ready for the hard truth about the long, bumpy road in front of you.

What you know is that if you’re going to climb, you’re going to have to get good at crawling. The path forward isn’t a jump up; its you pulling yourself up.

You’re not just down on your luck, you are down on your knees.

Finding your way forward with your nose in the dirt.

Asking yourself why it’s you who has the tough path forward.

The truth is that it’s hard to keep your head in the clouds when your elbows are on the ground and your fingernails are in the dirt. It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re bent over, straining to pull yourself forward a few more inches.

It’s hard to see that this is where dreams turn into destiny. Its hard to believe that where you are right now is exactly where you are supposed to be.

That feeling so bad is absolutely right.

But that is the truth.

Success is not built in the clouds. It’s built in the dirt. Not by lofty thoughts, but with dirty fingernails.

It’s you clinging desperately to anything you can get your hands on as you fight the slide over the edge of the cliff.

You, my friend, are not dying.

You are living.

And tomorrow will find you further ahead than where you are right now. Closer to where you want to be.

The crawl you’ve come to hate has really been a climb all along.

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.