Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 9, 2015

You Don’t Have To Do That.

You don’t have to waste your life doing just enough for things to be OK. You don’t need to stay stuck at a job just because it pays your mortgage.

You don’t have to back down just because someone else thinks your ideas aren’t worth pursuing.

You don’t have to stay on the ground just because life pushed you down.

You don’t have to agree with the crowd so your life gets a little bit easier.

You don’t have to stop believing in your dreams just because you haven’t succeeded so far.

You don’t have to have a degree, certificate, or anyone else’s approval to go be awesome.

You don’t have to give up, slow down, or fold.

You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.

Anything you do is because you make a choice to do it.

You make the choice to do everything that you have done, are doing, and will do.

Everything is a choice.

It might be difficult to make a decision other than the one you feel pressured to make right now.

You might feel like you don’t have a choice. Like your hands are tied.

But the truth is that everything is a choice. You get to decide everything.

Even the hard stuff.

Successful people do the hard things. They make tough choices, invest ridiculous amounts of effort, and do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get what they want.

If you are not as successful as you want to be, maybe you’re not being honest about what you “have” to do.

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.