Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 6, 2013

You Don’t Have To Love What You Do To Be Awesome.

Sometimes you just have to gut it out. Stick it out.  Fight it out. Stay out of the way of disaster. It’s sexy to talk about “loving your job” and “pursuing your passion”. But in-between your idea to get started and the finish line is pain and sweat and tears.

Not love.  Not joy. Not fun. Just hard damn work. (And a lot of it)

You have to grit it out.

Grind it out. Work on days when you’re sick-and-tired and tired and sick.

You have to put in effort even though no one else believes in you. Even though you’re not sure you believe in what you’re doing.

Your boss might be an idiot. Your coworkers might be short sighted, passive aggressive punks. Your clients might abuse you. Your prospects might lie to you. The world could be crumbling down around you.

And yet, if you are going to be awesome, you just need to grind on.

You don’t love the pain. You don’t enjoy the sweat that gets in your eyes. You aren’t passionate about getting emotionally kicked-in-the-gut each day.

But, you do what needs to be done. And that’s what makes you awesome.

Loving what you do is a privilege. It is an honor. It is a reward for grinding out progress in the darkest of days.

Unless your passion in life is to “fool around”, you’ll never love everything about what you have to do in order to be successful.

But that’s okay, because if you grind it out for long enough you’ll love the place you’ve arrived at.

Grind on, my friend.


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.