Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

February 3, 2015

Run Away.

Being around negative people will destroy your dreams faster than anything else in the world — faster than you being broke, stupid, arrogant, or unwilling to change. They will steal your dream and crush your motivation. They will rob you of your purpose. They will make you feel insignificant, unworthy, and incapable of changing the world in all the ways that you care most about.

Run away.

Your best chance at outrageous success is to just get as far away as possible from people like this. Avoid negative people like your life depends upon it. It actually does.

Don’t waste time trading critical sentiments. Don’t spend time convincing them that they have you all wrong. Don’t try to reason with them or whine or make them see the error of their ways.

Run away.

Just get away. Stay away. Don’t go back — not now at least.

Negative people will crush you — from the inside out.

The problem is it that negative people are all around you. They are at your church. In your community. Where you work. In your family and your circle of friends. Everywhere you want and need to be — you’ll find them there.

Run away.

It’s not easy to stay away. Sometimes it feels like you’re running away from a fight that you should be having.

Even though you’re feeling that way, you need to believe how dangerous to your dreams these negative people really are. And then think about how precious and premature your dream is right now.

It could all go away too quickly.

Run away.

You might have to do some things now that you won’t need to do later when you are already where you want to be.

Right now, to stay focused and motivated and happy and healthy you just need to get away. 

Protect your dream. Don’t let the pettiness of others around you rob you of outrageous success.

Run away.

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.