Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

January 26, 2015

You Have Rights.

You have the right to get angry when the world treats you unfairly. You have the right to ask hard questions from those who expect excellence from you.

You have the right just say “NO” or “MAYBE” or “LATER” when you’re already at your limit.

You have the right to try something new even when you don’t have any evidence that what you want to do will work.

You have the right to take a chance on somebody that might not deserve that chance.

You have the right to be heard even when your opinion may not be fun to hear.

You have the right to get back up when you’ve been pushed down and stepped on.

You have the right to buck conventional wisdom, the status quo, and mediocrity.

You have the right to rise above your past failures to achieve success this time.

You have the right to expect more from those you work with.

You have the right to stand up for what you believe in even though others disagree with you.

You have the right to do better this time and every time after it.

You have the right to defy the experts and challenge things as they have been.

You have the right to do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it.

It’s that simple.

Your whole life is up to you. You are responsible for how much money you make, how happy you feel, and the impact you have on the world around you.

You have the right to be amazing your own way.

No one can take that from you, but it’s all too easy to give up your rights. It’s easy to think that by copying someone else’s journey or mimicking someone else’s actions that your path to greatness will be that much more guaranteed.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

You are strongest when you exercise your rights to think for yourself. To fail and get back up again. To make you are own way.

Don’t sacrifice an amazing future because you’re too afraid of what other people think of you or because you don’t have all the answers you think you need right now.

Maybe those things don’t really matter. Maybe it’s your right to start spreading that message on your way towards greatness.

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.