Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 16, 2017


It’s a battle out there. The daily journey that you undertake isn’t meant to be fun or friendly at all times. A lot of the time it’s a struggle. A struggle to stay focused mentally. A struggle for financial resources. A struggle to stay motivated.

It’s natural for you to feel like you’re always in a fight. Especially if you’re going places.

Creating progress requires friction.

You going to feel pain in your life.

It is natural and necessary to be uncomfortable.

There is the joy you feel in achieving progress. Satisfaction and fulfillment in looking back and noticing how far you’ve come.

What is often confusing is the feeling of dread and anxiety you feel when approaching what needs to be done.

Once you realize that there is discomfort and stress in forward progress, you start to question how much pain you’re willing to endure and if it’s going to be worth it in the end.

The truth is that it’s never easier than you expect it to be.

It hurts more than you want to hurt.

Success is a little more elusive than you think it will be when you first get started.

That doesn’t mean you give up or back away from your dreams. It’s just a reminder that it’s a battle. And the person who wins the battle, is the one who is willing to sacrifice and endure hardship.

If you give up now, you get nothing. No awards. No honorable mention. No wealth, fame, or empowerment.

Whatever it is that you want for yourself, it’s on the other side of a battle. A few of them.

So toughen up. Get your head straight. It’s not meant to be easy. It’s got to cost you something.

This fight you’re in right now is one of them.

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.