Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 1, 2013

When Walking Away Means Moving Forward.

Sometimes you just have to walk away.

Despite the effort you have already put in. Despite the emotional energy you have already invested. Despite your personal investment.

Despite the goal you hope to achieve.

You just have to walk away.

There are a lot of things to fight about in life.

Religion, politics, money, personal freedoms — each one comes with different perspectives from millions of people around the world.

There are moments when your position is vigorously opposed to the opinions of others. You aren’t willing to budge. They aren’t willing to budge. Two intractable positions. Firmly held beliefs.

The only thing that makes that situation much more emotionally tasking is when your frustration bubbles over into distracting behavior. When you try to hurt other people instead helping yourself.

Whether it is religion or politics or money or any other personal belief, there are times when you just have to walk away. When the moment for advertisement and evangelism is over. You only do more harm with more emotional advocacy.

Remember that when you’re trying to navigate the stickiness of business.

You will always have differences with those around you that can get in the way of a workable business plan.

Your big ideas and bold thinking can be undermined by the ideology of those with whom you wish to engage.

The hard truth is that you can spend your time fighting to convince everyone that you are right. Or you can walk away.

That’s called having class. That’s called taking the high road. Its not a sign of weakness.

And it doesn’t mean that you’re not as passionate about what you believe then as everyone else around you.

It just means that you’re in it to win the battle.

Not a war of words. Remember that the next time you find yourself distracted.

Walk away.

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.