Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 5, 2017


If you’re not scared, you’re not dreaming big enough.

If you don’t have butterflies in your stomach because of your uncertainty for the battle ahead, you’re not aiming for your true potential. You aren’t maxing out the opportunity of you.

Those aren’t just words meant to hype you up today. It’s the truth.

Think about the moments in your life when you accomplished the things you’re most proud of. You were nervous. You were uncertain. You desperately wanted to win but didn’t see a guarantee in sight.

It was all on you. The moment was yours to win or lose.

All that pressure. All that potential failure. Riding on your shoulders.

That’s when you know you’re onto something big. That’s when you know that you’re playing in the big leagues.

Anyone can do the easy things on the days when others are cheering. A few people can even do the hard things when people are cheering.

It takes a superstar to stay up late and work hard for success that no one else ever cares about.

It’s a gut-check moment. When you take stock of your life.

Not what you tell other people. Not the words and actions you do in public.

This is about destiny — what you were put on this planet to do. Finding that, achieving that, working towards that — that’s hard work.

It’s scary work. It’s lonely, unpredictable work. But it’s the only thing that will fulfill you. It’s your purpose. Your reason for existing.

That uniquely amazing superpower only you can bring to the world.

It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to be nervous. The truth is that you have leveled up your game. You’re doing something that truly matters in the world.

So take it seriously. Brush off your nerves. Focus on the task ahead. Make every moment matter.

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.