Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 14, 2014

Just Because You’re Lost Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Be There.

One of the biggest reasons why being successful is so hard is that often you just aren’t sure which direction to go in order to get to where you want to be.

Figuring out the right direction to go is a painful task at times.

You can’t help but hear people telling you what you need to do in order to be successful. You “need” to get a college degree. You “need” to build a mentor network. You “need” to play it safe until you’re sure that what you’re doing is working.

And while the people giving you that advice probably aren’t trying to hurt you, following their advice blindly will probably end up hurting you.

The path to success isn’t a highway.

You can’t always drop your race car plans into high gear and zoom along until you reach your exit and realize your happy ending.

No — the path to the success is more like navigating through a dangerous jungle. You can’t move anywhere fast. Danger is all around you, all the time. And for most of the day, you’re hoping that all the effort you’re putting in to leave a trail is actually headed in the direction you actually want to go.

That’s why it is such a struggle to figure out what you want to do and what you want to be and where you want to go. Because you’re in the middle of the jungle with a machete in one hand a compass in the other and the last map you looked at was written in a language you can’t read yet.

The best thing going for you is your will to survive.

You’re not doing something wrong when you realize that you have been trying and failing and trying and failing. That’s what you do when it’s dark and dangerous  — and you are trying to make it out alive.

Just because there aren’t any roads to where you want to go doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go there.

In fact, the road you’re creating right now might be the only lifeline someone else so desperately needs.

But you already know that. You already know that’s going to be tough.

You already know that being successful is completely crazy at times.

You already know that you’re going to have to sweat and bleed and try.

But sometimes, when you’re at the middle of the jungle with no friends, little fuel, and danger all around you, you can fall prey to your own fear and move your way down the trail you’ve created thus far back to safety.

You can give up too soon because you think that what you’re doing doesn’t really matter. You can quit right before the next bit of effort pushes you out of the jungle into the sunlight.

But you won’t know how close you really are unless you keep trying.

You won’t be able to see the sunlight unless you keep pushing through the darkness.

Don’t forget that when it’s dark out. Don’t forget that what you’re doing matters.

That the effort you’re putting in will lead you to where you want to be eventually.

Keep looking within. Keep pushing through.


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.