Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

May 30, 2016

What You See When You Look Back.

The cost of greatness is pain. The cost of freedom is loss. The cost of getting ahead is trying and failing and trying again.

You can’t have more without first having less. Progress isn’t automatic. It’s not guaranteed.

Even if you do the right things it hurts.

Every step of the way.

It’s easy in the moment of frustration or discomfort to assume that you’re doing something wrong because of the resistance you feel to making progress.

But that’s the resistance that everyone feels. Smart people. Average people. Hard working people.

They all feel the same resistance — the same push back — that you’re facing right now.

They too are faced with the same choice about whether they should continue or whether it is time to pursue something else more reasonable.

There’s a cost to getting to where you want to be.

An emotional cost. A financial cost. A physical cost.

Don’t misinterpret the pain you experience and the fear you feel as a legitimate reason to give up.

You’ll never look back having achieved success and wish you would have avoided the uncomfortableness that got you there. Never.

You might wish you would have done more.

Pushed yourself even further.

Looking back it’s all clear. If you want gain, you’ve got to be able to handle the pain.

That’s the cost of greatness. If you want your freedom you’ve got to fight for every inch of ground between where you are now and where you want to be.

If that feels easy, your goal isn’t big enough. Your dream isn’t important enough.

Tough goals take tough people. So stay focused.

Fight through the struggle.

Embrace pain as the pathway to happiness.

Don’t trade your destiny just to have it a little bit easier right now.

Dig your heels in and push.

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.