Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 11, 2014

Why Not Just Be You?

Ever wonder what would happen if you would just be you — if you stopped trying to look like something that you’re not? We spend a lot of time pretending to be something that were not.

We learn catchy phrases so that we can be witty in a discussion instead of digging deep into a subject so that we can be experts. We dress the part instead of living  the part.

Instead of just being who we are.

Which begs the question in the first place: Why are we pretending so hard? What’s so important that we have to be something we’re not?

We all want something more in life. Sometimes it’s small and silly. Other times its something so big we’re afraid to say it out loud for fear it might vanish at the sound of it being spoken.

Big (or small) dreams are tough work pursuing.

They require an insane level of dedication, perspiration, and inspiration . You have to bleed and fight and cry and struggle and work your way against impossible odds to the finish line.

Pretending to be something that you’re not just makes that struggle all the more difficult. All the more confused.

You start believing that since you look the part and act the part that you’re really a competitor. And you’re not. You’re a pretender. A fake. An impostor.

No one else around you knows, but you know.

You’re just pretending. You’re trying to be the person other people think you should be.

How much better off would you be if you were just you?

You might be the champion you were pretending to be all along.

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.