Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

June 20, 2018


The faster you learn, the quicker you go.

You can’t pretend like you know it all and make massive amounts of progress in your life. The truth is that each one of us has weaknesses.

There are times when you come up short.

That doesn’t make you a loser. Or inferior. It just means that you’re human.

What makes failure even worse is when you pretend like it never happened. When you blame someone else or make an excuse that shifts the accountability off of you.

When you’re responsible, you get to learn and grow and evolve. That means you have the chance of becoming that much more badass. A stronger competitor. A more powerful opponent.

When you’re responsible, being awesome is an option. Especially when you’re wide open to learning.

The faster you learn, the quicker you go.

To get good at that you have to shed your ego, step over your pride, and submit to the raw honesty of your results. When all you care about is improving, you aren’t trying to appear better than you really are.

You just want to be better than you were.

The trick is to learn, adapt, and improve as quickly as possible.


The faster you experience breakthrough, the more options for growth and fulfillment you will experience. Your ability to succeed directly hinges on your ability to learn, adapt, and grow.

Your momentum is only stalled by your pride and lack of self-awareness.

Think about that. You can accomplish anything if you’re willing to learn from your results and get better.

Whether it’s making more money or losing more weight or having more friends, getting a better job, launching your side hustle, or anything else that matters deeply to you — the faster you can learn, the faster you go.

It might take a minute to get over yourself.

It’s not pleasant admitting your weaknesses or confronting the harsh shortcomings your ego places on your capabilities. But the only other option is to deny your failure and keep on failing.

You have to want success badly enough that you’re willing to drop pretense and appearance in order to get a little bit closer to where you want to be.

If that’s you, focus on learning and growing. Don’t let pride cripple your ability to be amazing.

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.