Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 26, 2016

Only You.

Only you can decide to forgive people who are petty, small, and refuse to give you the benefit of the doubt. Only you can put in the effort to try another time after you’ve already tried way too many times.

Only you have the ability to invest in your own success, read a book, or find a mentor.

Only you can get back up when you have fallen down from failure or been pushed down by a bully.

Only you can make smart choices to save money, live a healthy life, and be mentally fit.

Only you.

Only you get to decide what your future should look like, how much money you make, or the goals you achieve.

Only you have the ability to control what keeps you up at night and whose opinions bother you.

Only you are responsible after you’ve made a mistake, hurt people, or need to ask for a second chance.

Only you can smile in the face of fear and forgive your enemies when they least deserve it.

Only you can take the hard lessons from life and use them to make you better — not bitter.

Only you can say “Thank you” or “I’m sorry” or “Let’s try it again”.

Only you have the ability to control what you think about, plan out, or obsess on.

Only you.

Your success has always been about you. Not about what other people do to or around you.

Success is measured and who you are and the decisions you choose to make — on the easy days and in those moments when nothing seems to be going your way no matter what you do.

Only you matter. Only what you do matters.

You can’t blame anyone else if you’re not where you want to be.

Only you.

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.