Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 4, 2015

Be Brilliantly Ignorant. 

You don’t need to hear everyone else’s opinions about success in order to be successful yourself. You don’t need to read business books. You don’t need to go to college and graduate, get a degree or an MBA.

You don’t need to go to seminars or go buy another copy of the Wall Street Journal.

You don’t need any of that information.

What streams out of CNBC, Fox Business News, or Bloomberg is just a distraction.

Entertaining information. Brilliant opinions — most of the time. But, nonetheless, unhelpful when you’re facing challenges of your own.

If you’re not careful, you’ll live a life paralyzed by the opinions and pathways that other people have to share.

Even the well-meaning, well-intentioned ones come back to hurt you. They cripple your ability to dream without limits.

They create more panic and fear in your life.

Instead of providing a safety net of confidence and inspired behavior, all this information usually just makes you more concerned about your own future.

More concerned and less confident that you’ll actually be able to achieve the goals you set out for yourself.

All of this happens without you even thinking about it.

You don’t plan to be more distracted. You don’t want to be more concerned, upset, fearful, or paralyzed.

But it happened when you screw up your head with all the information you just “have to know”.

Your mindset is broken because you allow more doubts to creep in.

Instead of guarding what you think about and protecting your inspiration, you trade it away for more entertainment.

And now, you’re convinced that you’re going to fail.

You’re pretty sure that no matter what you do, external circumstances are going to destroy your dreams anyway.

Perhaps, it’s time for you to be brilliantly ignorant.

Unwilling to give the doubters a place in your mind.

Not up to speed on all the latest news, just head over heels excited about getting to where you want to be.

Turn off the TV and turn up your effort. Ignore everything else.

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.