Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 24, 2014

Learn At Any Cost.

There is something magical about discovering something new. Whether it’s the first time you figured out how to ride a “big bike” without re-skinning your knee (Remember those days?) or even when you finally get that new TV remote to work right — the “aha” is an emotion you remember.

You’re happy and motivated and want to tell everyone you know about why your life will be changed forever because of what you figured out.

And it is changed. Learning made you better.

So why does that have to change just because learning comes with a cost — usually money? Why is it that learning isn’t so magical any more once you have to pay someone to help you figure it out?

That’s a dangerous mindset — to stop learning because someone is going to charge you for information and help that could change the rest of your life. It’s a crazy way to live you life.

The best information is going to cost you.

Anyone can grab the back of your bicycle seat and shove you down the street screaming instructions from the safety of lawn. It’s a special kind of love and support to hold your seat and handlebars and jog along beside you while you figure it out together.

I’m concerned deep down in my soul at the number of people who refuse to pay for the help they need. By the way, we don’t coach, train, mentor, or sell online education here at Waldschmidt Partners — so this isn’t me teeing you up for a sales pitch and optional payment plans.

That shortsighted attitude has to change though.

There are countless sources of awesome information available to you for free right now. In fact, some of the leading universities in the world, like MIT and Harvard, provided access to their academic programs to anyone online for free.

What you can’t learn there, you can uncover using Google and Wikipedia and research databases provided for free at your local library. If you want to know something, there are countless way to figure it out.

It’s free and fast and available to you right now.

But knowing isn’t the same and learning.

Learning is about breakthrough. Learning is about mastery. Learning is about implementation and application and integration.

Learning is really about transformation. About you being a different person when you finish from when you started.

And that requires someone walking along beside you holding your bicycle seat and handlebars.

Get that person in your life right now.

Stop spending so much money on things that don’t matter and start learning at all costs.

Invest in getting to where you want to be. Take the trip with someone holding your hand and guiding you around the obstacles in your way.

Things won’t change for you until you decide to invest in learning.

That’s when the magic begins.

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.