Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 17, 2015

Yes You Can.

Don’t say you “can’t do it”.  Say that you don’t “want to do it”. Say that “you don’t feel like it”.

Say that in order to do it your life is going to be so painful that you can’t imagine the prospect of going through something so terrible.

Of course you can do it.

It’s not that you can’t — it’s that you won’t.

You aren’t gripped by a big enough sense of urgency.

You hope things will change, but aren’t willing to go out of your way to change them.

And so, instead of being brutally honest with yourself about what really drives you — what inspires you to do the hard things that success demands — you remain content to make excuses and blame your problems on the fact that you’re human with limits.

Of course you’re a human with limits.

But those limits don’t seem to matter when your life is in danger.

No one needs to tell you to get out of bed early in the morning and get things done when your house is in flames.

You care so much about getting to where you need to be that every fiber of your being is alert and focused on a singular purpose — staying alive.

You’re urgent. You’re efficient.

You’re inspired.

Don’t say any other day of the year that you can’t get out of bed because “you’re not a morning person”.

No. You’re just not a motivated person.

The time of day doesn’t really matter. The brutally honest answer is that you don’t care enough about changing your life to do what needs to be done to achieve success.

Maybe it’s time to set your life on fire in order to drive yourself to get serious about success.

Maybe you need to quit your job and do that thing you’ve been telling everyone you really want to do.

Maybe it’s time to leave a broken relationship.

Maybe it’s time to radically scale back on materialistic things and invest in your own success.

Maybe it’s time to get started doing that thing that truly scares you.

You can do it. Yes you can. Don’t say the words: “I can’t”.

Don’t think the thought. It’s a lie. An excuse.

A reason to stay broken and unfulfilled.

Whatever it is — no matter how big your dream is — you can get there.

What’s holding you back is your fear of getting burned.

You’re running the wrong direction.

Focus. Dream. Fight. Sweat. Do work.

Yes. You can.

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.