Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 15, 2014

No — You Don’t Need More Money To Be Successful.

Often, the discussion about success becomes a discussion about making more money. The two are easily interchanged. More money equals more success — and more happiness too.

  • Got a marriage problem? If you only made more money, you wouldn’t have those problems.
  • Got a work problem? If you only made more money, you wouldn’t have those problems.
  • Got health problems? If you only made more money, you wouldn’t have those problems.

It’s easy to assume that making more money automatically solves your problems.

That’s just flat out wrong.

 Just because you have more money doesn’t mean that you won’t have the same ugly problems you have right now.

Then again, the usual reaction to that bold statement is simply to say: “Let me figure that out on my own. Let me have a lot of money, and then I will decide if I’m happy or not.” Right?

The problem is that people who have “more money” think and act differently than you might be thinking and acting right now.

They understand that money is a tool, not a cure.

That’s important to remember as you work to overcome the obstacles in your way.

Just making more money, by itself, doesn’t solve any problem. In fact, making more money might make you even more of a mess than you are now.

Having more money might make you a less attentive spouse or parent.

Having more money might make your bad attitude even worse.

A big part of being successful is changing how you think.

Bad thinking leads to bad living which leads to being broke.

Which is why magically having more money won’t really solve the obstacles standing between you and your goals. You still have the same problems and limitations. You haven’t changed.

Money isn’t really your problem. And having more it isn’t going to magically fix what is broken.

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.