Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 3, 2013

Crippled Doesn’t Mean Conquered.

We are all afraid of something. Afraid that our ideas are too small. Afraid that we are going to run out of money, time, and forgiveness.

We’re afraid about how we’re going to look, what’s going to happen next, and if we’re going to make it this time.

Afraid, frightened, confused and angry.

Crippled by questions we can’t seem to answer.

It’s you and me, and everyone else around us. We all get crippled by our fears.

We all feel like we can’t go on. That we don’t want to go on.

But crippled isn’t the same as conquered.

Being down isn’t the same as staying down.

And that’s important to remember as you claw your way back to the top inch by inch by inch.

You might be scared. You might feel like you’re not going to make it. You might be out of money and time and second chances.

But just because you’re crippled doesn’t mean you’re conquered.

Warriors get cut and bleed.

They cry tears when no one is watching. They doubt themselves.

They ask questions they never say out loud.

But when the morning dawns, they rise from the darkness to meet the challenge in front of them.

Blade out. Shield up. Visor down.

The battle has begun and crippled or not a warrior knows that conquest is about moving forward.

Despite the pain. Despite the fear. Despite doubts.

Being crippled isn’t the same as being conquered.

Fight on.

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.