Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

December 9, 2015

Endurance Is A Life Skill.

If you can’t go long, you won’t go far. Great ambition demands great stamina, deep courage, and unparalleled resolve.

You’re going to have to endure hardship getting from where you are right now to where you want to be.

Not the easy, fast, “will-be-over-in-a-minute” kind of hardship.  The dull, throbbing ache of unmet expectations and confused fatigue.

It hurts to change.

It hurts even more if you want to change enough to be the best at what you are trying to accomplish.

One thing is certain: If you don’t persist, your dream won’t exist.

It’s dead. Over. Gone. It’s that simple. When you stop moving forward, you’ve lost.

Life is an endurance sport — physically, mentally, and financially.

Being smart helps. Being witty helps.  Having charm, wealth or powerful relationships — they all help.

Nothing can replace unrelenting forward progress.

Nothing else is as powerful in getting you to where you want to be.

It’s lonely to endure.

It’s scary and disheartening to endure. It feels like waiting. Looks like stubbornness to everyone else around you.

“There has to be a better way”, they tell you. “You’re doing something wrong.”

It’s too much stress. Too much pain.

It doesn’t seem natural.

And most of the time, a daily battle to continue.

You give up because you stop enduring.

You slow down because you stop enduring. You make bad decisions and reap horrible consequences because you fail to find the courage to endure.

Big change in your life demands a series of unglamorous actions. Brutally difficult changes implemented with monotonously daily rigor.

If you can’t do that, you won’t win.

You won’t ever achieve the goals you start working on.

Change won’t happen. Your life will continue to be a series of disappointing stops and starts.

Develop your endurance. Remind yourself of the importance of doing the hard things.

Be unrelenting in your need to keep moving forward. Endure.

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.