Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 15, 2014

Why Suffering Is The Secret To Success.

You will do just about anything to avoid suffering. That’s just how you’re wired. Problems and pain and potential risks are scary.

And when you don’t think you need to experience any more hurt, it’s all too easy just to back down from the fight and let someone else absorb the suffering.

Its natural to avoid getting hurt.

You’re already busy and pushed to the end of your limits by the day-to-day grind. Taking on any more is just overwhelming — but suffering is also the secret to being successful.

Gain usually comes through pain.

  • You can’t make more money without experiencing the emotional burden of sleepless nights.
  • You can’t be a better leader without learning from your mistakes and developing the humility to adapt when you get it wrong.
  • You can’t win at sports or politics or business without experiencing embarrassing setbacks that make you question how prepared you are to win.

You can’t get to where you want to be without taking body blows.

So if you have to suffer, maybe it’s time think about hurting a little bit differently. Maybe it’s time to embrace the results of pain.

Instead of thinking about suffering as if you’re being treated unfairly, think about the lessons you’re learning. Think about the experience and wisdom that you’re gaining.

Embrace the better version of yourself that you’re building.

You can’t have any of that without experiencing the pain you feel right now.

Pain is your path to reaching your full potential.

Suffering isn’t life treating you unfairly.

It’s not bad karma or horrible luck.

No. Suffering is you being prepared for something bigger than you are doing right now.

You’re being tested and refined.

Your response in your moments of suffering and pain define the measure of your greatness.

You can give up and make excuses. You can run and hide, cry and blame others around you.

Or you can quietly reassure yourself that this moment is what enables you to achieve your goals.

This is what you’ve been waiting for your entire life.

This is your chance to be amazing.

So go be awesome.


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.