Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 27, 2016

Success Is Hard [Podcast]

The question I get asked the most is: “How do you do it all? What’s your secret?” The context is usually around the different businesses that I own or am a part of, the blog that I write, the events that I speak at around the world, training as an ultra-runner, and spending time with my family. That can seem like a lot to some people

The answer is one that most people don’t want to hear.

I work more. I sleep less. And I obsess about how to make each moment matter.

There’s no secret other than that.

Not for me. Not for any massively successful person you’ll ever meet or read about.

For some reason that question usually makes me angry.

It’s a perfectly fair question, but often the tone of the question infers that I’ve had it easier then everyone else. That what I had to experience to get to where I’m at was a journey with a little bit more luck and fewer obstacles.

Which is completely laughable.

And probably offensive.

If you knew how many times I have screwed up over the years:

  • I dropped out of Seminary after it took me 3 years to realize I was wasting my time
  • I lasted only 2 years studying International Politics at George Mason University
  • I lost over $250,000 when I chose a shady business partner
  • For many years my marriage was the absolute worst kind of disaster
  • I lost a $750,000 home to foreclosure when a business deal went horribly sideways
  • I tried to commit suicide multiple times over the years

Even though I still struggle with depression, I have learned the secret to making progress — doing the hard things.

Even when you don’t feel like it.

One morning about 18 months ago, I got frustrated after being asked this question for the zillionth time and sat down to write an article entitled: “You Have To Do The Hard Things.”

Over the next few weeks it would be read over 30 million times and republished in Forbes, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Italia, Business Insider, and countless other places. I even got an email from Mark Zuckerberg’s sister asking to talk with me.

So listen in. Add it to your iPhone. Set it as your morning alarm. Share it with your team. Get motivated to do the things that pain you:


The audio on this episode still upsets me. It was our first recording with a medium range, off-the-shelf high-definition microphone. And it was not the best quality.

A few weeks into the creation of this podcast project, we spent an outrageous amount of money on shotgun microphones (like they use on a movie shoot) — and a few other gadgets.

Somehow, we never felt like it was right to go back and re-record this first episode. Call it sentimental attachment. This is where we started. This whole podcast was a series of hard things.

That seems to be the way it works for us at The EDGY Empire.

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.