Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 4, 2016

It’s Hard. So What.

It’s hard to hear other people’s criticism when you’ve given your best and it’s still not enough. It’s hard to get up early when you’ve worked late and slept very little.

It’s hard to smile and be compassionate when inside you are facing demons of your own.

It’s hard to think big when your inadequacies make you feel small.

It’s hard to lead others when you’re looking for a leader yourself.

It’s hard to be helpful when all you can think about are the things you desperately need help with.

It’s hard to be consistent and disciplined when what you’re doing doesn’t seem to be working.

It’s hard to believe in your dreams when everyone else around you thinks they’re crazy.

It’s hard to get back up after you fall down.

It’s hard to keep going when you’ve already gone further than you ever have before.

The path to success is full of hard things.

You can’t avoid them. It makes no sense to hope they go away. They won’t.

They will test your mettle and force you to consider what truly matters to you.

Make no mistake — it’s hard to get to where you want to be. So what.

Make progress. Not excuses.

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.