Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 15, 2014

What To Do When Awesome People Do Dumb Things.

Just because you want “it” to be that way doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Being logical is the ultimate ironic discussion. It’s completely perspective based. And constantly changing.

How many times have you found yourself puzzled because someone around you made a decision that seems completely crazy? How many times have you seen a tragic circumstance evolve from a simple misunderstanding?

Why do awesome people do dumb things?

Let’s take a step back and think about how you yourself make decisions. Your logic isn’t as incredibly intelligent as you think it is. You’re not as smart as you think you are. (Neither is anyone else around you.)

What you think of as fair or reasonable, a good decision to make, or a poor choice is fashioned from years of your personal experience. How you were raised, what you studied in school, your mentors and friends, your community views and political leanings, even how you felt getting out of bed this morning — they all impact the decisions you make.

Whether you realize what you are doing or not.

Being a little bit more tired than usual might make you less willing to compromise around a particular situation. Being in love or feeling appreciated might make you a little bit more willing to do something risky.

Millions of emotions and wild thoughts race through your brain each day as you size up your environment and strategize how to get from where you are to where you want to be. You’re a complex computer system powered by anything but logic.

You just don’t know it’s all going on.

The truth is that emotions and feelings, unbalanced perspectives, and a survivalist need to feel relevant all shade what you think you see. And even when you think you’re being extra introspective and discerning, it’s likely that you’re only reinforcing your pre-existing opinions about a particular subject.

That’s okay. You’re not broken. You’re not doing something evil. You’re just a human. That’s what humans do. We overanalyze and confuse emotion with logic. That is how you work. That is how your boss works. Your prospects and clients, friends and coworkers too.  You. Me. Everyone.

Sometimes people do dumb things because they’re hurting on the inside.

Whether you are trying to close more sales, scale your business, get promoted, build a bigger movement or do anything that requires you working with other people — you need to be in the business of healing hurt people.

Yourself and everyone else around you. That’s what heroes do.

Heroes heal. Go find your cape.

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.