Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 5, 2014

Less Books. More Anger. Bigger Success.

You don’t need to be smart to change the world. You just need to be inspired.

Since the beginning of time, great leaders have understood the importance of emotion, passion, and connecting what is hard to do with what is powerful to feel.

The truth is that you don’t need to be smart to grab a sword and charge the enemy head on. You don’t need have a college degree to bleed and sweat and fight and curse and cry and fight some more.

Any person can have a mission and a cause — and be moved deeply in their soul to rise above the entanglements of being ordinary to achieve outrageous success.

Don’t confuse logic with bravery or strategy with courage.

Sometimes what looks impossible on paper is only made possible by the supernatural capacity of humans driven by deep emotion.

Great leaders are great learners. They aren’t willfully ignorant. They don’t ignore trends, ideas, or the feedback they get from those around them. They don’t relish in what they don’t know or in the limitations of their bias.

They learn and lead and learn some more.

But underneath that learning is a swift current of emotion.

Great leaders understand that charging into a battle with the plan is good. But charging into battle with a plan and a chip on your shoulder is even better. So think about that as you tackle the challenges ahead of you.

Sure you want to make more money. You want more friends. You want more recognition. Fewer hard times. Less struggle. That’s natural.

But don’t let the battle rob you of your anger.

Make your mission personal.

Take time to dwell on the reasons why you’re battling in the first place.

Attach your plan to a reason for your passion. Combine good ideas with great inspiration.

Rise to meet the challenges ahead of you not just with a good strategy but with the swagger of a lifelong conqueror.

Get angry about where you are. Get angry about the battle ahead.

Let that emotion wash over you.

Let it strengthen your resolved. Refine your purpose. And tough your skin for the battle ahead.

Get angry. Go fight it out.

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.