Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 1, 2015

What Really Scares You And Why You Should Do It. 

“You need to do what scares you.” You have heard that before. It’s an easy-to-throw-around motivational phrase — if it’s scary, it must be good. If it’s scary, it must be something you need in your life.

It’s that missing thing. That radical idea that will propel you past the obstacles in your way towards success.

If you just do what scares you, you’ll fix your money problems and your business problems, be more happy, healthy, and inspired.

It often seems like the scary thing is a quick fix.

A last ditch, radical turn-around to whatever problem seems insurmountable at the time.

But that’s not what really scares you.

  • Do you know what really scares you? To believe in yourself enough to keep working towards getting to where you want to be even when it seems like your day-to-day efforts aren’t moving you forward.
  • Do you know what really scares you? To avoid running after quick fixes and easy alternatives to solving your problem and just do the hard work each day that getting out of trouble demands.
  • Do you know what really scares you? To master the details. To agonize over ways to be more effective. To use tools and friends to keep you accountable. To trade the pleasure of entertainment for reading and learning.

It’s scary to do what is necessary.

What is truly frightening is to choose to do what appears to be mundane and necessary over trendy, fast, or easy get-rich-quick schemes.

That should really scare you.  That you end up a failure.

It’s scary to try hard and see not enough results. It’s scary run out of money before you’re ready. It’s scary to believe in something bigger than yourself.

But what if the really scary thing is the easiest thing? To keep trying. 

Do 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.