Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

December 16, 2015

Take Them Back To Cave Man Days.

It’s already out there. The answer to your question. The solution to the problem that’s been bothering you. The cure for your sickness.

Times change.

So do countries and movements, society, cultural norms, and economic standing.

People and their problems tend to stay the same.

You might wear different clothes from your caveman forefathers and do different work, but you’re still challenged by the same fears and primal needs.

You don’t want to lose. You don’t want to look like you’re losing .

You don’t want to die. You don’t want to do things that feel like dying.

What has changed over time is the dishonesty of solving those problems.

It used to be that survival was pretty clear.

You left home in the morning with a spear and a rock and came back with a dead animal to eat — or you starved.

There wasn’t a concept of “there aren’t enough jobs out there” or any of the other excuses being made today.

You had to build everything from scratch. It was expected that you would have to find the resolve and courage and stamina to do what needed to be done each day.

Now, those concepts aren’t as clear.

Now it seems like someone else’s fault when you’re not as inspired as you want to be or when things go unexpectedly wrong.

In truth, individual responsibility and personal effort have always been the foundation for living a successful life.

No matter the millennium, what you do matters.

No one else owes you anything. Any help you get should be surprisingly delightful, not something that is owed to you.

It’s on you to figure it out.

If your problems seem too complex, take them back the cavemen days.

Imagine how silly you would sound proffering First World excuses to problems that even a Neanderthal has figured out.

Do the work.

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.