Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

November 17, 2014

The Best Business Strategy Looks Stupid And Boring.

One of the hidden truths behind successful people is that they rarely “start” doing anything. They just keep doing the same unsexy things they’ve already been doing.

They don’t run after flashy new trends or trade hard work for the false promise of “getting rich quick while they sleep.”

Successful people understand that slow and steady progress always beats flashy effort.

Successful people are grinders.

There is a lot to learn from grinders — people who just get done what needs to be done.

They might not coordinate the right bow tie and cardigan sweater and they probably don’t drive a flashy car or go on expensive vacations. But they always seem to be the one achieving big goals.

They’re probably not the type of person who is selling you online education about how to generate passive income. They’re probably not the type of person who is lecturing about success on “How To Get Rich” webinars. They’re probably not the type of person who you would look to for advice, mentorship or coaching.

They look boring and completely unevolved.

They aren’t always using all the latest tools. They aren’t chasing what is new.

Successful people understand the power of pursuing timeless truth. The truth about hard work and focusing on what matters. The truth about communicating and building strong relationships. The truth about treating other people with fairness and not taking advantage of people when they’re down.

Those are the type of people you need to seek out and learn from.

That’s the type of person you need to become.

What you’re doing right now chasing trendy ideas and “Do It For You” technology isn’t getting you to where you want to be. Is it?

You sound like you have it all together. You want to have it all together. You just don’t like the thought of having to grind it out knuckle deep in the details. Frankly, that sounds pretty Neanderthal to you.

Don’t overlook the fact that grinders are gainers. They’re not going backwards. They’re always headed towards where they want to be. They never seem to be sprinting, like you are, but they don’t take steps back either.

Just inches forward.

And those inches turn into yards. And those yards turn into miles of distance. And that grinder is way ahead of you by the end of the game.

You’re still trying to figure out a magic formula to be able work less and get ahead more quickly.

The truth is that successful people grind out unsexy progress even when they don’t feel like it. Every day.

They get things done. Every day.

Small things. Boring things. Fun exciting things.  Hard things.

Maybe that’s why your strategy isn’t working.

You aren’t grinding.

Maybe, your plan for success needs to include a process for you gobbling up those inches.

Grind on. Gain on.

Win. Fight. Win again.

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.