Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 8, 2014

Why You Need To Start “Winging” Your Way To Being A Bad-Ass.

Maybe you should start living life a little more unscripted.

You will often hear strategists, mentors and coaches tell you that you need to be prepared: “you’ll be more effective if you don’t wing it.”

And certainly, almost any topic is more intellectually relevant when you are less ignorant about the matter.

Being lazy isn’t ever a good strategy.

But that’s a no brainer. Obviously, the more you know, the better prepared you can be.

But that’s not the question here. What’s wrong with “winging it”?

What’s so wrong with been so prepared that you don’t need to prepare to present?

Think about it for a minute.

When you’re told not to “wing it” what you’re really told is that you need to cram — research what other people are saying about the subject and put together a few talking points that support a position you already know you want take. Right?

That’s essentially the unspoken rule of “being prepared.”

You’re not really prepared — or thoroughly knowledgeable — about the subject matter you need to discuss. You just know a little bit more than anybody else in the room.

You don’t have enough experience or understanding off the subject to present any new ideas or offer the debate any new perspective. Its just the verbal theater of monkey-see-monkey-repeat.

Maybe you should just “wing it.”

Maybe it’s time to stop scripting, cramming, and slamming.

There’s no excuse to live life less prepared, because that’s even more ridiculous.

But maybe you should invest so much time and energy and thought into your passion that you can speak about the matter at any time — regardless of who is asking you or from what angle the subject is being discussed.

Then you can just “wing it”.

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.