Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

April 9, 2018


Have you ever noticed how your rate of change is directly related to your level of urgency and intensity?

We often talk about changes as being hard. We often comment that success is difficult.

But breakthrough is never challenging. It directly matches your level of intensity. Your degree of urgency.

If you need to change bad enough, you will. Almost automatically. Instantaneously. Overnight. Without question, excuse, or impediment.

If you have to change, you will.

It’s that gray area of life where you know that you need to change that you find so difficult to navigate.

Those areas where you know you need improvement but just aren’t motivated enough to take the steps necessary to achieve that improvement.

You talk about success as if it is something you actually plan to achieve. But then you act as if your life doesn’t need the change in order to get different results.

You’re happy to do things differently as long as you don’t have to go too far out of your way to achieve that change.

As long as you don’t need to do hard things.

If you can keep doing what you’re doing and only take a minor step to the left, all the while achieving breakout, life-changing, multimillion-dollar success, you’re willing to do that.

But if you have to shut things down and turn things off — that’s a bridge too far. That’s too extreme. That’s going too far off the reservation.

Which is the irony of the situation entirely.


You will have to change when you don’t have the resources and time to do it right.

And you miss out on the magic of progress.

You will change on your own terms or you will wait until life forces you to change and that’s never pretty. Or comfortable. Or fair.

It’s sheer survival. Animalistic intensity for another breath.

All along the way you’ve had the intensity you’ve always needed. You just have to use it when you don’t need it.

You have to change even when life isn’t forcing you to change. You have to grow and evolve and be better even when you cannot change and still be okay for a while.

Change now, while you’re in control of your destiny. Don’t force life to kick you in the gut before you wake up and take notice.

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.