Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

December 20, 2016

Trading Lies For Awesome.

You say you’re working hard enough. But are you? You say you care about other people. But do you? Really?

You say that you’re continuing to learn and grow and evolve. But are you?

Or are you just telling yourself lies to feel better about the state of your life?

Maybe you’ve given up already.

Maybe you’ve decided that no matter what you do, things are never going to turn around.

You’re not sure you’re ever going to get to where you want to be.

And since you’re convinced that none of it works and that all of it is a sham, you’ve gotten really good at making excuses to others and lying yourself.

You know all the buzz words. You know where to go and who to associate with in order to seem like a high performer.

You know all the tricks.

You’ve mastered the craft of appearing like you’ve got it all going on.

From the outside, you appear to be destined for breakthrough.

But you know. It’s not that way inside your head. Where it matters, deep down in your soul, you’ve given up. It’s all a lie.

You’ve almost convinced yourself that you’re playing the game. You’ve been telling yourself these things for so long that you almost believe yourself.

You wonder why things aren’t working out.

Because it’s not true. You’re not all in. You’re not committed and focused, driven, resilient, and unstoppably stubborn.

But you could be. All those things. And more.

It doesn’t need to be a lie. You don’t need to take it easy on yourself.

Stop hedging your bets. Stop giving up on yourself every time it looks to you like you might fail.

Be the person you’re pretending to be. Do the things you’re pretending to do.

Turn all the effort around appearing to be awesome into the real thing.

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.