Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

January 25, 2016

Question Everything.

One of the overwhelmingly apparent habits of high achievers is their insatiable curiosity. They question everything. They don’t just want an answer. They want the explanation behind the answer. They want the research behind the explanation behind the answer.

They aren’t satisfied to believe what other people tell them. They own their facts. They know what they believe. And why they believe it.

It’s important. And often overlooked.

In the busyness of your daily schedule, it is easy to just accept the answers that someone else gives you.

It’s easy to mimic the formulas that seem to be making someone else successful. The danger there is that you never truly understand what works for you.

You never figure out the secret power you bring to the battle that no one else can exactly replicate. You’re too busy copying someone else’s battle plan that is built around their secret power.

You’re trying to be like them and will likely fail.

Because you don’t have all the pieces. Your skills are different. Your desires are different. Your life circumstances are different. What you know, when we’re going, who you know, and what you aspire to attain — they aren’t the same.

A fast and easy answer is usually a recipe for long term frustration.

It’s uncomfortable to grind away looking for answers that work for you. It seems unnecessary to keep thinking about things that seem to have already been settled.

And if you haven’t figured that out for yourself, there is sure to be someone in your circle of friends who is willing to remind you of it the next time you start asking questions.

Don’t wait too long to start demanding better answers.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to start asking the hard hitting questions that determine your future results.

Don’t let your dream die. Question everything:

  1. Start with yourself. Dig deep.
  2. Be tough. Demand honesty.
  3. Be relentless about figuring it out your way.
  4. Refuse to accept the easy answer.
  5. Fight for progress. And momentum.

Inch by inch by inch. Every day.

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.