Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 31, 2017


Activity isn’t the same as focused effort. Trying isn’t the same as obsessing about the details. Learning isn’t the same as practice and rehearsal.

The activity itself isn’t what makes the difference. It’s the intensity with which you do it determines your effectiveness.

Anything else is just going through the motions.

Good motions usually lead to good outcomes. Bad motions usually lead to bad outcomes.

But intense, focused motions lead to great outcomes. Eventually.

Intensity doesn’t have a guaranteed deadline or finish line.

Intensity is something that you have to maintain in order to reap the benefits. You can’t be intense one moment, give it up the next, and then expect to realize outrageous outcomes. 

Intensity is about extending and amplifying your momentum. Your ability for realizing results beyond the limits of your usual expectations. 

When you focus intensely you are single-minded. You’re not multitasking. You’re not zoning out. You’re not going with the flow. 

You know what you want and what you want to achieve.

There is no ambiguity. No mystery. No subterfuge. 

You’re all in. Completely consumed by what you want to see happen. 

When that happens—when you bring intensity to your work—you start to see the magic you’ve witnessed in the lives of other highly successful people. 

Intensity is a choice. It’s a skill. 

The amplifier you’ve been looking for to take your game to the next level.

Don’t ask what needs to be done. Ask yourself what you’re willing to die working for.

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.