Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

March 5, 2019

How To Pass The Ownership Test of Your Life.

You think differently about your home when you own it. 

It’s not someone else’s problem to fix. It’s all yours. The good, the bad, and the worse. 

It’s completely your responsibility. 

The handprints on the wall. The stains on the carpet. The landscaping outside. 
You make every choice about whether to clean up, invest in improvement, or to just let things die slowly. 

You are the owner. 

That means you’re responsible. Everything. No matter what. You’re the owner. That means it’s on you to figure it out. 

That’s not the case with being a renter. It is someone else’s problem when you’re a renter. 

You might have the same problems or find yourself in similar circumstances. In the same house, no less. But you’re role determines your perspective. 

Who cares about the landscaping. It’s not adding any value to your life. That fresh coat of paint. That new upgrade. You don’t do it. 

You’re not the owner. You complain to the owner. 

You beg the owner for help. The matter is out of your hands. 

The best you can hope for is that the person who does make the decision is as interested in your success as you are. 

Being the owner makes all the difference. 

Sometimes the difference between being an owner and a renter is a matter of fact. But quite a bit more often, it’s a matter of perspective. A matter of attitude.

In truth, most of your life is about things that you own. 

You own your attitude. 

You own your actions. And reactions. 

You own your thoughts. Maybe not your first one, when you’re in reaction mode — but thoughts two, three, all the way to infinity are all about the choices you make in owning every part of your life. 

Chances are, there are times you’re acting like a renter in your own body. You’re pretending like somebody else makes the decision for what you do and where you go, and the results that you accept. 

Not sure where you stand?

  1. An owner is responsible for his own attitude and actions. A renter blames other people for “making him feel that way”.
  2. An owner is proactive about learning and growing. A renter falls back on old ideas and biased thinking.
  3. An owner asks questions and seeks to know the perspective of others. A renter is always right and doesn’t care about others.
  4. An owner is always looking for growth — personally and professionally. A renter refuses to be uncomfortable.
  5. An owner builds wealth by looking for ways to be valuable to others. A renter makes it all about himself.
  6. An owner invests in ideas and people that make them better. A renter pursues interests that only enrich them personally.
  7. An owner saves money for when things get tough. A renter plans to save — but never gets around to doing it.
  8. An owner takes time to clear his mind and heal. A renter just releases his emotions on others without a second thought.
  9. An owner is willing to be coached and counseled on the path to sucess. A renter knows it all already.
  10. An owner is all in. A renter always has a good excuse about why he isn’t doing “the hard things”.

Any of these sound familiar?

Chances are that you are owning parts of your life and living as a renter in other parts. Fixing that is a matter of leveling up.

Own your attitude and your actions, your thoughts, your finances, your confidence, your resilience, determination, and effort. 

And when you’re done owning those things, own the other things that seem like they’re out of your control. 

Find a way to change the game. 

Stop being the renter. Start being the owner. 

First it’s a mindset. Then it’s an attitude. Finally, it becomes your reality.

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.