Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 17, 2014

Getting Things Done Isn’t Good Enough.

Getting things done isn’t all that special of a skill. The truth is that you don’t really need to be gifted, smart, or even savvy to get things done. Finishing the job is more about desperation and discipline than raw talent.

Whether you’re finishing an assignment for your boss or trying to navigate the finishing touches of a leadership plan for your team, trying to lose an extra 15 pounds, or grinding through an possibly long list of important tasks, getting things done right looks a lot different then just hitting the finished button.

And it makes a big difference. Both right now and in the long run.

A few grammatical errors in a proposal can mean the difference between winning new business that keeps your company alive or going bankrupt. Perfecting the right design and marketing message can mean the difference between 1 percent growth or 1,000 percent growth.

Anyone with enough desperation can finish an assignment.

Anyone can get a job done. But doing it right –agonizing over the details — that is what makes champions. That’s the difference between winning big or losing small.

Getting things done right isn’t always something that you can describe in words. Sometimes it’s a feeling you have. Sometimes it’s gut instinct.

Going through the motions will help you check things off the list . You’ll be able to say you finished. But you won’t ever find yourself doing something so incredibly awesome that the rest of your life changes.

You’ll always have to grind it out. You’ll always have to go through the motions.

You’ll always find yourself transacting instead of transformed.

And transformation is why you’re working so hard in the first place. To change your world. To be in a better place.

So that you don’t have to grind it out. You don’t have to sweat so hard. You don’t have to struggle and fight and claw. None of that changes when you just get things done. You have to get them done right.

Practice being delightful. Imaginative. Unexpectedly amazing.

Painfully linger over the details. Obsess over ways to do what you have to do better than it’s ever been done before.

Something has to change for you or you’ll never get to where you want to be.

Think about that the next time you’re tempted to just get things done.

That’s just not good enough.

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.