Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

March 16, 2015

You’re Not Angry Enough To Be Awesome.

You can’t be awesome if you don’t have pain and frustration in your life. If you aren’t angry about where you are in life — the obstacles in your way — you won’t ever achieve the success you want for yourself. Progress comes from pain. Momentum comes from the will to win.

That will to win is strengthened when you have a reason to keep fighting — a rage to push back against whatever is holding you back from where you want to be.

Motion without emotion is just wasted effort.

Going through the motions isn’t going to make you successful at anything. If you find yourself feeling bitter, disappointed, and miserable about the results you are getting so far, maybe that’s a huge warning sign.

Maybe you’re just going through the motions. Maybe you’re not fighting as hard as you think you are. Maybe you need to carry a bigger chip on your shoulder.

The greatest power you have is your resolve to keep trying.

You can’t be awesome if you’re not angry.

You can’t improve if you’re not dissatisfied with your results right now. You can’t just be dissatisfied — you have to be outraged. Insulted. Upset and annoyed.

At yourself. At life. At the people who get inside your head and convince you to quit. At all the times you’ve quit before.

That angry is wasted when you point fingers, whine, mope around, or pretend like you’re as awesome as you should be. The secret to breaking past the obstacles in your way is to use your anger to focus on what matters and work harder than anyone else around you.

Get mad. Take life personally. Fight for a future that you want to live in.

Maybe you’re not angry enough to be awesome.

Maybe today is the day to finally change that.

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.