Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

November 20, 2014

The Only Thing You Can’t Do.

The only thing you can’t do is what you’re not willing to do. The only thing you can’t achieve is the thing you’re not willing to get started on right now.

The only thing holding you back from success and greatness and grandeur is your willingness to do what is hard and messy and uncomfortable.

That’s the truth about achieving life-changing results.

No one is stopping you from anything. No one could stop you if they wanted to.

It doesn’t matter what obstacles are in your way. It doesn’t matter what situation you find yourself in right now.

The only things that matter are your commitment and desire. If you want it to happen and you’re willing to work hard enough for long enough, then it will happen. You will make it happen.

It doesn’t matter what your goal might be.

You might decide that you want to win the Winter Olympics in downhill skiing. That’s possible if you’re willing to put in the time and training and focus single-mindedly on being the best in the world.

You might decide that you want to be a millionaire in the next few years. That’s possible if you’re willing to make the hard choices that making more money demand. You’re going to have to make hard choices and change the way your living.

You might decide that you want to fall in love with the partner of your dreams. That’s possible if you’re willing to be vulnerable and honest with yourself and to work on the uncomfortable side of your deeply personal need to be loved.

Whatever you decide you want to be or do is possible.

There isn’t anything that you can dream up and desire enough that you won’t be able to do. It’s really that simple.

If you want it bad enough and are willing to work hard enough for long enough, you can have it all.

If you look back in the areas in your life when you haven’t achieved big dreams, you’ll probably realize the hard truth that you didn’t give it all you had. You held back.

You became distracted or fatigued and instead of doubling down on hard work you “hoped” and “prayed” that everything would turn out OK.

And it didn’t. And you lost.

Simply because you weren’t willing to do what was hard or uncomfortable for long enough.

The only thing you can’t do is what you’re not willing to do. Which changes the entire conversation around success.

It’s not about the obstacles in your way. It’s about the heat of the fire burning in your soul.

Stoke those flames. Rage on. Fight for you.

Never stop believing that your dream is important enough to keep fighting for.

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.