Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

November 30, 2015

They Won’t All Like You.

You can’t get magnificent things done and make everyone happy at the same time. Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to give you a fair break, a second chance, or the benefit of the doubt.

Even if you do everything right and have the best intentions, you’re going to make people furious.

Ridiculously upset.

And when that happens you are going to be tempted to stop doing what you’re doing in order to make sure they feel better about you.

It’s going to feel uncomfortable and frustrating to feel so right about something and yet unable to make everyone understand. Unable to get everyone to give you a chance.

That will break your will if you let it.

The toughest challenge you might ever face is the loneliness of believing in yourself when no one else does.

The quiet fear that your critics might be right after all.

If you listen to the voices in your head, you’ll never get anything of value done. You will never accomplish anything that really changes the world.

You’re life won’t matter.

You’ll be busy doing things — but bashful doing the things that matter most.

That’s what kills dreams. That’s what derails world-changing innovation.

You believing the people who are unhappy with you. You believing in the skeptics when they tell you that what you’re doing won’t ever work.

You won’t be awesome without haters.

You won’t accomplish anything of value without frustration and doubt. To be successful you have to protect your mind. You have to guard your thoughts.

You have to wake up each morning and be deliberate about maintaining your positive outlook on life.

You have to find great mentors and develop discipline for doing hard things. Work on perfecting the details — evolve, resolve, and fight for what matters.

Face it — they won’t all like you.

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.