Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

November 1, 2016

That’s A Huge Mistake.

The greatest skill you have is your will. Your stubbornness. And determination. Your focused obsession on turning an idea into success.

It’s easy to forget the personal element you bring to the struggle for getting to where you want to be.

In an age where you can search the internet for just about anything and where an expert can be found to perfect everything, it’s natural to make the mistake of believing that the future is going to happen regardless of what you do.

That’s a huge mistake.

But one you will most painfully explore if you aren’t careful to keep your head straight.

Almost everyone has tried anything one time. In fact, that’s the excuse they will give you when you give them feedback.

“I already tried that,” they tell you. Forgetting that anything you try just once doesn’t amount to much of anything.

If you get it right we call it “beginner’s luck”. The same should be true if you fail.

Bad timing. Bad preparation. Or just bad luck.

It doesn’t really matter why you failed. What matters is what you do next.

Do you keep trying? Do you interpret the tea leaves of your failure as an omen of your everlasting doom?

You shouldn’t. It should remind you that trying matters. It should provoke you to do what few others will be brave enough to do — keep trying.

And while that sounds simplistic and unsophisticated, it’s the exact formula to get you to where you want to be.

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.