Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

April 23, 2014

Pottery Jenga And The Secret To Being Good At Just About Anything.

If you’ve ever taken a pottery class, you know how truly amazing it is when an  artist turns a lump of clay into a gorgeous vase. It seems so easy when the wheel is spinning and the artist’s wet finger tips mold the ridges of the clay into something beautiful.

But then when you sit down at the wheel and start to shape, your design doesn’t look all that beautiful. Its not the same thing at all.

The clay falls apart. The inside of the vase collapses in on itself.

You’re left with just a lump of clay again. You’re back where you started.

All that hard work watching an expert do it right is wasted. All that hard work trying to do it on your own is wasted.

You started with a lump of clay and now all that you have left is a lump of clay.

It feels like you shouldn’t have even started in the first place.

But that is where you are wrong. Getting in shape is always hard work.

If you’re not financially fit or physically fit or mentally fit, then you know how difficult it is to get back in shape.

It keeps falling apart. All the hard work you’re putting into getting in shape feels like it’s not even working.

No matter how much you do it seems like you take one step forward and then two steps backwards.

But the amazing thing about shaping things is that the more you practice the better you get.

The more times you hit the treadmill, the easier it becomes. The more times you start saving, the easier it is to stay on budget.

Getting in shape is never an overnight success story. It’s an every day story.

It looks a lot easier than actually is. Just because what you’re doing doesn’t look like it’s working doesn’t mean you should give up.

The truth is you’re building a masterpiece. And that takes time.

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.