Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 29, 2014

What Then?

It’s easy to be average. It’s even easier to be slightly better than average.

But being better than someone else out there isn’t the same as being better than everyone else who ever existed.

That’s the difference between greatness and just being ordinary.

The truth is that you’re already better than someone else out there. You’re already better than a lot of people out there.

But you’re probably not the best ever.

You’re probably not so legendary that millions of people are impacted by what you’ve done. By what you do.

That’s a whole different standard.

That’s a whole new way to measure yourself.

It’s not just about not being mediocre. It’s about being legendary.

It’s not about just being better than a few other people.

It’s about creating breathtaking magic.

But it comes at a cost. A personal cost. A professional cost. Emotional and financial costs.

It’s not free to be awesome. It’s not fun getting there.

It requires guts — fear, pain, agony, blood, sweat, and tears. You have to claw your way forward with your fingernails. You have to fight for the inches.

You have to be the help for yourself that you so desperately need from those around you.

You have to manufacture your own brand of magic. You can’t copy it. Mimic or pretend to be something that you’re not. You have to dream it. Live it.  Do it. Obsess about it until it gets done right.

None of that is easy, fast, or free.

Frankly, it’s a whole lot easier to just compare yourself to someone else that you’re already slightly better than. It’s a lot easier to make excuses — to point out how you “need to be balanced.” To point out all the obstacles in your way.

And those are good excuses. Sometimes perfectly legitimate reasons.

But it still doesn’t change the fact that you’re not doing something that truly matters. It doesn’t earn you special credit. There isn’t an asterisk next to your life stating the reasons why you didn’t amount to more.

You just exist in a universe of unrealized potential.

You flail from scheme to scheme hoping that you’ll get lucky the next time — hoping that your circumstances change without you having to change how you live your life.

And you never become the person that you could have been. You never achieve what you were meant to achieve. You never change the world in the way that you were meant to leave an impact.

And you feel it in your bones. You wake up knowing you were meant to do something bigger. But instead of working towards that you pacify your guilt by finding someone to which you can compare yourself.

What if all that were to change today?

What if you were to decide to invest in harder work? What if you decided to become the person you were meant to be? What if you decided to cast aside excuses, “being reasonable,” and conventional wisdom?

What if you just decided to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes until you achieve something so amazing the world can no longer ignore you?

What then?

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.