Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 17, 2016

Willing Yourself To Win.

“You can’t leave and think you can come back and dominate this game. I will be physically and mentally prepared from now on.” That was Michael Jordan after losing the NBA finals.

He had dominated basketball for many years, winning NBA championships and countless MVP awards. And then he gave it all up to go play baseball.

And while he was a superstar on the basketball court, he was relegated to Double-A and Triple-A Farm teams in Major League Baseball.

It was a tough time for Michael.

He wasn’t used to losing. The greatest athlete of all time in one sport wasn’t even competitive in another.

And so Michael Jordan decided to be Michael Jordan and go dominate the sport he ruled. But he didn’t.

That first year back in the NBA proved that even the greatest basketball player of all time could not coast his way to victory. They lost the finals in stunning fashion.

Leaving the locker room, Michael Jordan made that quote to reporters, “Never again.”

True to his promise, Michael Jordan led the Bulls to championship wins the next three years in a row.

Winning wasn’t about skill.

It still isn’t about skill.

It’s not good enough to be talented. It’s not good enough to set goals for yourself. It’s not even good enough to be better then everyone else.

If you want breakthrough, you have to dig deep into your soul and nurture the stubbornness to do what is difficult in order to achieve new levels of greatness.

That’s going to hurt.

You’re going to have to do things that are uncomfortable and unpopular. You’re going to be working long after everyone else is finished.

It’s all in your head. The difference from where you are now is what you allow yourself to think about.

You have to will yourself to win. It starts with your head game.

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.