Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 23, 2020

Nothing Can Replace Effort.

Nothing replaces effort. 

Not working smarter. Not working faster. Not influence, money, or education. 

Effort is the oxygen of your dreams. Without it, you suffocate. Everything you care about dies.

It has become trendy over the last decade to talk about work as if sophistication allows you to skip it. 

That if you know more or have more, then you get to work less. You don’t have to struggle or fight or sweat if you have enough education or a pedigree that says you’re somebody. 

And although at the back of your brain you know that such thinking is ludicrous, there is a part of you that thinks you might be missing out on something. Especially in the heat of the battle. Especially when it feels like the world is caving in around you. 

In those moments of stress and chaos, you look around and ask yourself why you’re in this situation — what you could have done wrong and why you are where you are.

And right behind that thought you start to question what you don’t know. 

Maybe if you buy that course you see advertised on Facebook making money would be a lot easier for you. 

Maybe if you bought that book or seminar or coaching program you would unlock some special essence of empowerment that would allow you to catapult past the stress of uncertainty and the fear of feeling like you’re not going to make it. 

So let me save you time and money with a simple observation. 

Nothing replaces effort. Nothing. Effort is the great equalizer of the universe. 

The smartest, most educated person on the planet looks like a fool without the effort to use that education. On the other hand, we all know more than quite a few rich, successful people who seem like outcasts. 

What makes each of us what we are is our perspective on effort. 

When you embrace effort as your superpower, you automatically expect that your dream is going to require it.

You understand completely that a destiny worth achieving demands massive amounts of effort. 

You aren’t surprised or shocked. You don’t stop and question the universe about why life is so hard. 

You don’t expect anything. Not a break. Not even a fair chance. 

You don’t need any of that when you have effort. Because it’s what separates you from everyone else. 

While they’re stumbling around looking for clarity, you’re putting in the effort to find it. 

See, that’s the thing about clarity. That’s the quirky gamesmanship of finding your way. You’ve been taught that if you only know the right plan and match it with effort, you can accomplish all your dreams. 

And, certainly that is not a bad way to live your life — with clear thinking and unbridled passion. 

But where things get confusing is when you stop knowing what to do. When you don’t have the plan. When you don’t see the path. 

Effort doesn’t spring from clarity. It’s the other way around. 

Clarity bursts forth from the fertilization of effort.

You move and grow and grind. Stumbling towards where you think you want to be. Facing the unknown with courage — not unnecessarily fearless or invulnerable — knowing that doing nothing can’t be the answer.  Waiting can’t be the answer. Hoping things magically turn out okay can’t be the answer. 

No. Effort is the answer. You pushing forward with every ounce of your being — minute by minute, day after day. 

Not because you’re not smart enough to know what else to do. But very much because you know that nothing replaces effort. 

So, as you rise to meet the days in front of you know that your destiny is not to be won with small gestures or painless agitation. 

To get to where you want to be, no matter where that might be, you will have to strain your back against the tides of resistance and pull yourself forward — piece by piece, step by step — until you stand upon the mountain top of your dreams. 

Climb on, my friend. Climb on.

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.