Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 20, 2015

You Don’t Have It Any Tougher Than Anyone Else. 

We’re all going through something. You. Me. Everyone you know, meet, or work with — today or any day. You might be struggling with your health or money or addiction and the person next to you might be struggling with how to keep their marriage together, which business options to pursue, or what to do when they feel stuck.

Struggle is a necessary part of achieving success.

If you’re not struggling, you’re not achieving anything of value.

It’s hard to hear. Harder still to live through it.

But that’s the most honest explanation of achieving success you’ll never understand.

You have to struggle, get pushed down, fight to stand back up, and learn lessons that propel you past the obstacles standing in your way.

You can’t shortcut that process.

You lose your power when you try to avoid pain. You lose your power when you complain about your struggle — when you try to pretend that you’re the only one going through something that is difficult.

Instead of emerging from your life lesson as a hero with battle scars from a victory well won, you limp away having learned nothing.

Worse off. Unrehabilitated.

Just because you’re hurting doesn’t that mean that everyone else has it better than you.

Just because those around you are smiling when you don’t feel like it doesn’t mean they’re not in a lot of pain.

Maybe they’ve learned an important lesson you need to learn. That what doesn’t break you builds you stronger.

And why would you want to whine about 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.