Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 14, 2014

Why Things Have To Get A Little Bit Tougher For You.

It’s easy for you to stay positive when things are looking good. You can quickly smile and stay focused when there are no problems. No frustrations in your life.

But it’s harder to do what needs to be done when the pressure of problems is weighing you down.

When all you can think about is finding a way out.

It’s hard to smile when all you think about is finding a way up out of the hole you find yourself in at the moment.

In that moment it’s nearly impossible to stay focused and positive and motivated. And that’s exactly the time when you need most to stay motivated.

That’s exactly when you do need to stay working. Stay focused.

You’ll learn some of the best lessons of your life when everything seems to be melting down around you.

In that moment you’ll see how tough you really can be. You’ll develop a thicker skin and a more calmed perspective on life.

The tough time teach you how to pause and appreciate the delightful moments that happen randomly throughout your day. You will learn how to celebrate small successes and tiny victories.

You you will learn how to shuffle forward on wobbly legs and uncertain hands.

It’s the tough times that makes you better. That build your character. That define you. It’s the tough times that make you amazing.

Not the easy ones. Not the times when everyone is smiling at you and reminding you how good you are.

It’s the times when the critics treat you unfairly. When the support around you is lean. When the people you think you can count on let you down.

Those times — those moments — are the opportunities to rise above your limits. That’s your boot camp.

Life will beat you down but build you back up stronger.

But that demands a different perspective from you when you’re in the middle of the hard times.

To be amazing we have to welcome the tough times. The ugly times. The uncertain, chaotic times.

That’s your way of knowing that in just a little while you’re going to be a whole lot stronger.

All because of this moment. Fight on.

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.