Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 25, 2014

It Doesn’t Really Matter, Does It?

What would you do differently if you felt like today really mattered?
What wouldn’t you do if you really felt like today was the only thing that mattered?
Would you still go into the office and do your job — or would you spend your time someplace else, with someone else? It’s easy to stay busy and in the process of doing things forget about doing what really matters.

Most of it doesn’t really matter, does it?

We scramble to make more money so that we can buy more things — looking for happiness in what can be purchased, pursued, or planned. We spend a decade or more in formal education so that we can have the qualifications to get a job to support our misguided conquest for more things. There are these moments of tragic introspection where what we are doing is left naked in the light of introspection.

Most of it doesn’t really matter, does it?

Life has to break us down before we finally figure it out. Before we allow ourselves to realize the bigger picture. Before we stop going through the motions and start doing what really matters. From time to time we need to be reminded that we need to focus on what truly matters. If you don’t have the job that you want, what are you doing to change that? If you’re not with the partner that you can love until you’re both old, then what are you doing to find that person?

Most of it doesn’t really matter, does it?

Who are you helping ? What are you building that will last long after you are gone? Sooner or later life will force you to get serious about your priorities. You’ll figure out abruptly by accident or purposely with intention that just going through the motions won’t get you to where you want to be. Maybe it’s time to stop being busy and start doing something awesome. Today is the day.

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.