Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 30, 2014

Life Is Crazy Because You Are.

What does your day revolve around? What are you looking forward to right now? Is it the time you get off from work this evening? Is it a TV show episode that’s airing later this week? Is it a social event, an upcoming job interview, or the next class you are studying for?

Something is the center of your attention right now.

It is what is motivating you to do what you’ll be doing all day today and tomorrow and for the rest of your life. What you do is driven by what you want to do.

Sure you’ll slug it out doing things other people demand you do, but even that has limits. You’ll give up or push back if the pressure on you is greater than the reward that you expect to receive by getting along.

Almost every part of your life is something that you permit.

Sure, accidents happen that unexpectedly impact your plans. Other people around you can derail you, distract you and destroy your progress. But that’s most often just a small part of your life. Even under the worst circumstances you can possibly imagine, you get to do what you decide you want to do.

You get to say “NO”. You get to say “MAYBE” or “LATER”.

You get to plan and create a process and protect your future.

But don’t pretend like you’re working to be a better person when your life revolves around a TV show. Don’t cry and whimper and moan when you can’t seem to make more money, when you’re not out hustling for new opportunities.

If your life revolves around an Xbox game or a YouTube channel, then you don’t get to complain about being broke and confused about what to do with your life. If you spend your life only doing what your spouse want you to do or what your boss wants you to do or what everyone at your church wants you to do instead of following your dreams, you’re just nuts.

You’re just flat out crazy.

You’ll never get to where you want to be by following someone else’s roadmap for them.

Stop right now and think about what your day revolves around. Right now — what is the brightest spot in your life?

You might be horrified at what you consider a priority.

Fix that. Be fit financially. Be fit physically. Be fit mentally.

Go wage war.

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.