Can You Get Awesomeness From a Book? “EDGY Conversations by Dan Waldschmidt

EDGY Conversations book coverAdd “EDGY Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success” to the list of classic motivational books.

Then read it.

How do I make such a bold statement?

From the time I began selling, I read the great ones including “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” and “Think and Grow Rich.” All of the motivational classics share three important qualities. They inspire you with actions anyone can implement and they work. Dan Waldschmidt’s soon to be classic lives up to these high standards.

“Edgy Conversations” INSPIRES

Too many motivational books instruct without inspiring. If you’re not inspired, are you going to take action?

My "EDGY Conversations" Christmas gift from Dan WaldschmidtDan sent me an early release of his new book for Christmas. After the holidays mellowed, I found a quiet corner and began reading. The first sentence stopped me in my tracks, and the rest of the chapter riveted me. As soon as I finished the first chapter, I reread it aloud to my wife Sally who then heisted my book!

When Sally returned his book, I was moved and stirred from cover to cover. “EDGY Conversations” is a mirror that reflects the stuff we all hide inside, the things that trap us from achieving success. As self-motivated as I am, I too fall into this trap. Dan re-inspired me to continue fighting my way to achieve my personal goals.

Anyone can IMPLEMENT Dan’s methods and behaviors

Dan wants you to know his story is not extraordinary and that you can fulfill your goals too. After finishing his book, we spoke for more than an hour. When you finish reading his book, you’ll want to speak with him too and you can. When I asked him why he wrote “EDGY Conversations,” he instantly replied, “I want ordinary people to achieve outrageous success.”

He doesn’t just share his unique story. He includes dozens of real life stories about ordinary people who achieved outrageous results that illustrate the principles that can lead anyone to success.

Over a four-year span, Dan studied thousands of ordinary people who achieved extraordinary results. He extracted common attitudes, behaviors and methods, and presents them in an exciting way you can understand and then put into practice.


Too many motivational books present formulas reversed engineered from the writer’s personal success. This is like trying to formulate a number one hit or how to win an Olympic gold medal.

Dan doesn’t make empty promises of an easy road to success with a magic formula, because there is no such thing. Promises of 10 easy steps to success and the like are empty pots of gold at the end of rainbows. “EDGY Conversations” is the stuff that works.

This book defines attitudes, behaviors and actions universal to success. Dan wants you to pour yourself out and put it all on the line, which he did when he wrote this deeply personal book and what he’s done throughout his life. After he bottomed out, he fought his way back from the mat like a boxer down for the count. His story will amaze and inspire you to keep going when you have nothing left.

The bottom line: it works.

Some of my big takeaways:

“If you don’t want to push your limits sign up for failure.”

“Move beyond high-quality mediocrity, grade-A status quo”

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, it isn’t a sprint with a finish line. Success isn’t an end you arrive at.”

“Real success is the opposite of being like everyone else.” 

“Effort is simply you taking the next step — Again and again and again. A step is infinitely easier than a journey.” 

“Be edgy by putting in extreme effort.”

Whether you’re a kid from the projects with outrageous dreams of sales success like I was, an executive or coach leading a team as I did, or a teacher trying to motivate students and instructors like my wife Sally, “EDGY Conversations” offers you a way to achieve outrageous results.

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About the author:

Dan WaldschmidtDan Waldschmidt is an international business strategist, speaker, author, and extreme athlete.  His consulting firm solves complex marketing and business strategy problems for savvy companies all over the world. Dow Jones calls his Edgy Conversations blog one of the top sales sites on the internet. He’s been profiled in Business Week, INC Magazine, BBC, Fox News, The Today Show, and Business Insider, has been the featured guest on dozens of radio programs, and has published hundreds of articles on progressive business strategy.