Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 24, 2014

You Can’t Hold On Tight Enough.

The worst defense you can play is to have no offense at all. Sometimes it feels like you’re in a position where you have gone forward far enough.

You’ve accomplished some achievements and made some news — and now you feel like it’s time to just sit back and protect what you have.

You don’t want to drive ahead anymore. That fire in the belly you used to have is missing.

So, instead of continuing to move forward, you decide you’re just not going to move backwards at all.

Which is when you start to run into trouble.

The worst defense you can play is to have no offense at all.

The truth about positioning is that you’re never standing still.

You can’t just decide to not move anywhere. If you’re not moving forward you’re moving backwards.

The real problem is that you don’t figure that out until it’s too late.

Until you’ve lost something. And then you realize that you weren’t actually standing still.

You were getting pushed backwards.

That doesn’t mean you need to light your hair on fire and act like you’re possessed every moment of the day.

But it does mean that you need to still dream dreams.

Even if you’re tired and sore and wonderfully accomplished, you still need to have a purpose.

You still need to have meaning.

Or everything you’ve been holding onto will slowly be pried away from you.

You will lose it all trying to protect it all.

Think about that the next time you’re tempted to sit back and rest on your accomplishments.

Think about that when you’re tempted to just stand still and protect what you have.

You’re going to lose it all eventually.

The real question is whether you’re conquering new challenges every day until then.

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.