Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 27, 2013

Stop Being A Damn Business Bully.

Just because you’re working hard for your dreams doesn’t mean that you have a license to be a bully.

Just because you believe in something strongly doesn’t mean that you have the right to badger and beat down the ideas and interests of others.

You don’t get a free pass to be a jerk just because you’re tired and bruised from the battle.

But business bullying is wrong.

And it’s an ineffective long term strategy for you achieving what you want for you.

In the short term it seems like the right solution. Sometimes it feels like if you talk louder or longer you can get what you want without having to hear the annoying feedback of those around you.

If you’re the boss, you can raise your hand and tell people to “shut up”, “pack it up”, or “move on” if they don’t like the way you’re doing things.

You can squash dissension and stop criticism with the point of your finger and an angry look.

But you might be squashing your dreams.

Crippling your ability to get the results you want.

Sometimes the quest for good ideas is a messy one. Fraught with the stickiness of human emotion and personal baggage.

Just because you have it all figured out doesn’t mean you get to step on those around you who don’t agree with you. That’s important to remember.

Because you can’t do it all yourself. You need other people to help you achieve your goals.

Whether those people are helping you because you’re their friend or because you are paying them money, being a bully just stymies forward progress.

Its a move backwards not ahead.

Maybe it’s time for you to “shut up” instead of expecting everyone else to.

Be nice. Stop being a damn bully.

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.