Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 30, 2013

A Confidence Game Worth Getting Tricked Into.

Being smart isn’t always about having the answer at the top of your head.

Sometimes it’s just about you being confident that you’re smart enough to figure it out.

Confidence is a tricky emotion.

If you have too much of it you can take wild risks that come back to hurt you. Without enough confidence even the most basic decisions pose a problem for you.

Building confidence is a habit highly successful people focus on. It’s a fundamental principle of EDGY. From business to sports, science, math, or politics, successful people build confidence from bold life experiences.

They put themselves into risky positions that others might find frustratingly lopsided.

That doesn’t mean that they always emerge from those risky situations with outstanding individual success. In fact, confidence building comes as much from failure as it does from success. Failing at something audacious can help you feel confident that achieving small daily progress is not only possible but imperative.

For successful people, the “E factor” (“Extreme Behavior”, if you are new to EDGYis what drives the conscious memory muscle others outwardly see as confidence.

Putting yourself in extreme situations forces you to make quick “all in” or “all out” decisions. In business, like sports, high performers look to frame up their current situation using the closest possible experience from their past.

The more extreme that earlier experience was, the more confident they feel about their current situation.

What does that mean for you?

  1. Every experience has lessons for future applications. Even if you fail miserably right now you will probably look back differently at that experience in the near future.
  2. Trying isn’t just an empty attempt at success.  It’s your brain’s way of leveraging past experience for future success.
  3. If you’re not doing something extreme, then you’re not a building the confidence you’ll need to master bigger opportunities down the road.
  4. Success is a cumulative effect. Lots of failure indexed different experiences mix to give you a surprising first whisper of perspective on what you thought you are possible of a cheating.

So go create memorable experiences. Try things you might fail at for a while. Be extreme and disciplined and giving and human. Be confident.

You’ve been through a lot already in your life. Why not use that experience to help you make better decisions right now?

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.