Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 22, 2014

Don’t Throw Away Your Chance At Glory.

Champions look at success differently than everyone else around them. For them it’s not about what awards they win right now. It’s not about feeling good right now that matters most to them. It’s about doing whatever it takes in order to get to where you want to be. About doing the right thing, right now — not making excuses.

Not cheating, stealing, or short changing your potential for the future.

Champions practice and prepare for what’s really important — reaching their full potential on competition day. That’s not something that can be done quickly. It takes time. A lot longer than you would like. Which is why it’s important that you stay focused on what is important. It’s important that you don’t trade long-term greatness for short term immediacy. It’s a dangerous mistake to make. Your natural selfish tendencies pop up without you even knowing what’s happening.

The consequences can be deadly.

It pops up everywhere:
  • Businesses who nickel-and-dime their customers all too often wake up to find that they have no loyalty. All of their customers have left them in place of new businesses who actually care about them and deliver services and support that aren’t based on collecting nickels-and-dimes every time someone needs help.
  • Leaders who aren’t able to control their emotions and shout and scream when someone else makes a mistake — or play the blame game when the finger gets pointed at them –wake up to the startling realization that no one wants to work for them. Their emotionally unbalanced leadership style makes them worthless.
  • Athletes who can’t control their eating habits, addictions, or exercise find themselves performing way below their peak potential — and often get booted out of a job when a more disciplined competitor takes their position.
The same is true for politicians, community leaders, family members, employees, and sports figures.

It’s ugly when it happens.

Anytime you stop focusing on what’s important and get distracted by immediate gratification you’re setting yourself up for major disaster. You’re going to lose big, and it’s going to hurt. Not because you’re a bad person with evil intentions. But because you’ve chosen to trade long-term glory for a short term addiction to “feeling better” right now. You’ve made your choice. You’ve received your reward. Don’t expect to win big down the road when you’re selfishly hoarding prizes along the way.

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.