Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 9, 2014

Good Reasons, Bad Decisions, And The Case For Trying More.

There’s always a good reason to stop doing what you’re doing — you’re not getting results fast enough or it doesn’t feel like what you’re doing is working or someone else is making more money faster than you are by doing what they’re doing. The reasons are endless. Your options for excuses are endless.There are countless, sophisticated explanations you can give to convince yourself that quitting is noble for your situation.

And you might be right. You might be the one person in the history of the universe who benefits wildly from giving up.

Quitting just isn’t a good strategy for lifetime success.

It doesn’t matter what sports you’re playing, what business you’re trying to grow, what goal do you have in front of you — quitting just isn’t a working strategy, no matter how important you sound delivering your explanation.

What separates successful people from everyone else is that they try more — and believe in themselves even when no one else does.

Winners believe in themselves even when they don’t believe in themselves.

That’s because they understand a very simple concept about winning. Winners don’t quit. Winners don’t give up. Ever.

They try more and believe more — and they don’t quit.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t learn from your mistakes and improve. You should do that. But jumping from one thing to the other just so you can make a few extra bucks right now doesn’t solve your challenge of be successful.

Doing something epic and awesome requires time and energy and a vast investment of emotion.

Starting and stopping not only robs you of your momentum, it steals from you the rewards of trying more. When you try more, you live a different life. You don’t see failure as permanent, just another obstacle around which to navigate.

Trying a few times doesn’t really count.

You have to try a few thousand times. And even then, you’re just getting started. That’s not quick or easy or cheap to do. You have to bleed, sweat, and cry.

It’s a fight everyday — a fight for inches of progress. But those inches turn into miles. And then those miles become light years.

And that’s why there’s such a big difference between winners and losers — between successful people and everyone else.

Trying more eventually becomes something awesome.

Something beautiful. Something you’ve invested your soul in creating.

The formula is really quite simple: Try more.

Today. This moment. And every moment after it.

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.