Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 11, 2017

Don’t Be Afraid To Start It All Over.

It’s time for a reboot. It’s time to start over. It’s time to do something different. What you been doing isn’t getting you the results you want.

You’re not happy. You’re not fulfilled. You don’t run through your day with purpose and passion and expectation. You’re just hoping nothing horrible happens.

It’s fatalistic. And hopelessly negative.

Which is why it’s time for you to do a reboot. To start over. To reset your expectations. To go back to the drawing board and demand a fresh take on things.

It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to achieve in life right now.

It doesn’t matter what type of goals are important to you or what ambition you are trying to achieve.


The best part about about life is that you have unlimited chances to try again. You’re not locked into what has been. You can change tomorrow. You can change today. You can change every day if you want to.

The problem is that you think other people will judge you if you start over.

You think that other people will look down on you if you reboot. By starting over you think that you’re admitting that there’s something flawed with you. That you’re not as smart as the next guy. Or that your plan for greatness isn’t worth pursuing.

The hard truth about success is that you rarely get it right the first time. Most people don’t get it right at all and just give up. The answer isn’t to pretend like you know what you’re doing. It’s to do whatever it takes to realize progress. To reboot.

How do you reboot? How do you start over?

  • First, you take a brutally honest look at your own performance. Double down on the things that are working. Quickly discard anything that isn’t. You’ll know what’s not working because it’s all the stuff you’ve been struggling with.
  • Second, get help from those around you. Ask them what they would do if they were in your position right now. Attack that new book, mentor, or online course to help you get a new perspective on things.
  • Third, declare your intentions for greatness. You can’t just wait for awesome things to happen and then talk about it. Tell those around you what is going on. State your dissatisfaction and be clear about the desired outcomes. Demand more.

Change is hard. Success is hard. Being open-minded about your own performance is hard.

It’s tough to have to start over when you’ve been starting over your entire life.

Especially when you care deeply about what you’re attempting to do.

You’re not “half-assing” your life. You’re in the driver’s seat. You have places to go and a destiny to achieve.

Which makes it all the more important that you are ever-vigilant about getting to where you want to be.

Your mission is too important to abandon simply because you want to look like you have it all together. Achieve instead. That looks (and feels) a lot better.

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.