Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

September 8, 2016

Why You’re Stuck Not Being Awesome.

Progress comes from pain. There’s no other way. It might be intellectual pain as you learn something new. It might be physical pain as you put your body through difficult exercise. It might be the emotional pain of unrequited love.

Looking back just after the toughest moments in your life, you’ll see very clearly that you are better.

You are stronger.

You are more capable and resilient than you imagined possible.

And yet, the things that made you stronger are the things you avoid most assuredly.

You say “no pain, no gain” but then expect to get ahead without friction and discomfort and the loneliness of not figuring it out.

And then you get frustrated when no matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to help you get closer to where you want to be.

You’re just too comfortable.

The secret to success lies in the very thing you’re avoiding. The thing that seems to break you down and humble your spirit.

Seek out discomfort. Be deliberate about doing things that push your limits magnificently.

If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.

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.