Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 9, 2013

No One Owes You Anything (And Why That’s Awesome).

You aren’t owed a job. You aren’t owed an education.

You aren’t owed a promotion.

You aren’t owed a chance to make it.

You aren’t owed fairness, facts, or fun.

You aren’t owed a chance to pitch your dream client.

No one owes you anything.

Not a place to leave, not food to eat, not transportation, or anyone else’s time.

Nothing. You are owed nothing. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.

And understanding that makes you powerful.

Entitlement is the beginning of disaster. It’s a disease that will suck your soul dry and destroy your motivation for pursuing big dreams. When you feel like other people owe you something you miss out on the opportunities in front of you to be amazing.

You’re bitter when no one automatically gives you what you want. Angry when people get ahead faster than you. Jealous that rewards only seem to come to those around you.

Instead of working ferociously towards your dreams you wait to be handed the things you think you are owed.

But it’s not enough. It never is.

What other people give you is never more then you can create for yourself.

Its scraps. Not bountiful reward. Leftovers. Not the grand prize.

And you owe yourself more than that. You owe yourself more than someone else’s garage sale cast-aways.

But you can only get more if you work more. If you care more. If you do the hard things that everyone else around you seems to avoid.

That’s how you get more. A lot more.

No one else owes you anything. But you do.

You owe yourself the best chance to be successful.

You owe it to yourself to take a chance on you.

You owe it to yourself to work hard for you.

You owe it to yourself to fight for you.

You owe it to yourself to put in enough effort to win big.

Are you paying up?

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.