Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 2, 2015

Blinded By Your Own Lies.

Great conquest demands humility. You won’t conquer the world until you can keep your ego under control.

The truth about success is that you’re going to have to do quite a few uncomfortable things that prideful people just won’t consider doing.

To win against the best you’re going to have to be humble in your planning, honest in your execution, and demanding in your attempt the next time around.

Pride and ego will destroy your ability to be a better version of yourself.

Without humility you’ll be blinded by the unrealistic glow of your past performance.

You’ll be in denial about your effort, talents, strengths, weaknesses, and your opportunities for greatness. You’ll fail to be the best long enough for it to really matter.

Sometimes you have to put yourself in a position where failure and audacious dreams bring you to your knees.  Sometimes you have to sign up for something so out of reach that you are forced to take your abilities to the next level.

You are forced to develop new skills. New maturity. Extra tenacity. More determination. A new level of excellence.

An oversized ego will tell you that you’re already the best.

Your pride will lie to you — telling you that there isn’t any room for improvement.

It is humility that keeps you hungry.

It is humility that drives you to find new answers. New innovation. New breakthrough.

And yet, the things that humble you are the things that you most often avoid. And so you fail to find your full strength.

You remain underdeveloped. Under evolved. Stale. Pathetically fragile. Stuck.

Greatness for you is but a fantasy. You’ve been blinded by your own lies.

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.