Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 15, 2014

How to Achieve Awesomeness Without Being A Jerk.

Being driven isn’t a valid excuse for not being grateful. When you are all consumed with a purpose and a big goal it comes naturally  to focus only on what is best for you. You wake up in the morning thinking about what you need to get done for the day and work tirelessly getting those things done. There’s nothing wrong with that.

You should be driven and you should get things done.

But you should also stop to be thankful for the amazing opportunities and people around you.
It’s not a waste of your time to be grateful. It will actually make you better at what you do.
Take a moment to wonder at the opportunities you have. Think for a moment of the people who worked hard to make that happen. Ever evolving technology like computers and smartphones enable you to do things you could have never done before — from anywhere.

That should make you marvel and then inspire you to work to the fullest of your ability.

Think about the people who have helped get you to where you are right now. Think about your family — your physical family and the virtual “family” you’ve got behind you. Think about your friends and co-conspirators. You didn’t get to where you are all by yourself. Sure you had the guts to work hard. But there were those along the way who thought for your dream. They fought to make you successful. That should make you more inspired to keep working — less willing to give up so easily.

Gratitude isn’t a sign of weakness and it’s not an excuse for not working hard.

Being grateful is an exercise in inspiration. A productivity hack.
And frankly, it’s a really smart way to live your life. Be driven. Be motivated. Work tirelessly to achieve the big dreams you’ve set out for yourself. But stop to marvel from time to time. Be deliberately grateful for the people and opportunities that empower you.

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.