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The Power of Saying No

February 22nd, 2019


" Great breakthrough never happens without sacrifice. " - Dan Waldschmidt

This episode of Dan's podcast will remind us that clarity comes from activity and not the other way around. You can't wait to know what you are …

What Do You Want

February 8th, 2019


" If you don't know your purpose you will not be able to execute at the highest level. " - Dan Waldschmidt

This podcast episode talks about the importance of knowing our purpose in life. As we age, this purpose that we …

On Being Effective

February 1st, 2019


" Being effective is not just doing more work but stop it, put yourself in a position where you can look at where you are and know if it's working. " - Dan Waldschmidt

This episode talks about being effective versus …

What Is Purpose

January 18th, 2019


" Your present purpose doesn't have always your purpose." - Dan Waldschmidt

Do you know your purpose?

Once you find your path, you’ll almost certainly find others traveling along with you, hoping to reach the same …

Keeping On Living

January 11th, 2019


" You can give up and die or you can try and live and become the hero of your life from this day forward." Dan Waldschmidt

This episode of the podcast will talk about how we can keep on living despite all the struggle …

Stop Dabbling

December 21st, 2018


"Somewhere in life, you got to have to pick what you want and then focused on it." - Dan Waldschmidt

This episode will talk on how you stay focused. Dan shares that without focused we will not achieve our dreams. As …

Championship-Grade Forgiveness

December 14th, 2018


"Part of building a bigger version isn't about dreaming wild dreams. It's about unburning yourself from the things that hold you down, the things …

Red Ants

December 10th, 2018


"Even if you didn't make it the last time, this next time might be the perfect opportunity for you to prove to yourself that you are tougher than you …

[BYOA] Rockit Gaming

December 7th, 2018


"Not every single thing that you do is a representative of you but that's okay because you put in the time to get there and you just learn by continuing to do things." - Rockit Gaming

Russel and Vinny of Rockit Gaming …


November 30th, 2018


" I have destroyed more good things in my life because I didn't make the right decision soon enough than just it out any other problem that I could …

[BYOA] Ashley Jankowski

November 23rd, 2018


"You can be successful in business, you can be a successful entrepreneur or you can be successful in your family but if you are not managing your …

Empathy Healer

November 5th, 2018


" Winning isn't really winning especially if you are on the other side of somebody who lacks empathy, someone who lacks feeling and kindness. "

In this episode, Dan talks about how to make other people awesome. He …


October 26th, 2018


In this episode, Dan shares his insight on how we can make other people awesome. He talks about his experience when he was in the West Coast doing …

[BYOA] JT Music

October 26th, 2018


Dan and Broc have a conversation with the founders of JT Music. As a music artist, the group needs to face different challenges for them to succeed in their chosen field. There are all of these things you have to …

Coaching & Accountability

October 15th, 2018


We all want to be in our best self. Who wouldn't want it? This month we talk about the idea of how to make other people awesome.

Dan shares how he …

Awesome In Every 1%

October 12th, 2018


Dan shares another great book that we should all read - The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande. Having a checklist doesn't …

Reaching 212 Degrees

October 10th, 2018


Dan shares about a book he read - How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger.

We all have to have enthusiasm about being enthusiastic. You can't make others awesome as a leader until you …

The Gift Of Candor

October 8th, 2018


In this episode, Dan shares a short story about the power of radical candor. When you let people control your emotions, you make them important even …

Awkward 6 Seconds

September 26th, 2018


In order to build a culture of radically candid guidance, we need to give, get and encourage both praise and criticism.

This episode will talk about …

4 Stages of Candor

September 24th, 2018


Dan shares about Kim Scott's book, Radical Candor. He shares how Kim break down Radical Candor into 2 very simple concepts.

The book also highlights 4 areas of Radical Candor. This episode will help us to understand …

Rajesh Setty

September 20th, 2018


"The best kind of getting stuck is getting stuck on the part to progress." - Rajesh Setty

Do you think you are smart but stuck? Do you know someone who seems to be smart, but stuck? If your answer to either of this …

Boiling Over & Shovel Work

September 19th, 2018


Finding a room for radical candor is like cooking pasta. As the water begins to boil, as the foam begins to build, as the foam reaches the pot and begin to spills, you will realize that in order for the goodness to …

Criticizing The Win

September 18th, 2018


In this episode, Dan shares about Kim Scott's book on Radical Candor. He shares about a specific lesson from the book that can be helpful for all of …

Radical Candor... Huh?

September 17th, 2018


Let us start this month's theme, Radical Candor, by learning the true meaning of "Candor". As you go along and listen to this episode, try to uncover …

Why Aren't You Successful?

September 14th, 2018


We are still talking about surprise and delight. This episode will bring you to a more behind-the-scenes of Dan's life. Dan will share how he helped a company who is struggling in hitting their goals.

By the end of …

The Art of Being Different

September 12th, 2018


"The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has …

When You're In the Valley

August 27th, 2018


To deliver surprise and delight is not an easy feat. In this episode, Dan looks at the path Pixar took to create the world’s first computer animated, feature-length movie.

He talks about the valleys that come before we …

Driven By Passion

August 24th, 2018


Quite possibly one of the most vulnerable episodes of the EDGY Conversations podcast to date.

Dan talks openly about how doing little things to …

Behind The Scenes

August 22nd, 2018


Drawing from the inspiration of last month’s Bring Your Own Awesome podcast, Dan talks about teamwork and what it takes to make something big happen.

The right type of people who, while maybe not seeing your goal the …

[BYOA] Jeremy Boyum

August 8th, 2018


Dan and Broc interview Jeremy Boyum from Shadow of Whales, a band based in Texas. Jeremy makes some great points about business not being constant …

[BYOA] Channell Holmgren

August 7th, 2018


Amazing interview with an amazing overcomer. Today Dan and Broc talk with Channéll Holmgram of Inspired by Purpose. Listen how trusting the process …

[BYOA] Michelle Sandau

August 6th, 2018


On this episode of Bring Your Own Awesome Dan and Broc talk to Michelle Sandau, self-identified scientist and writer. Michelle’s love for books becomes her side hustle. She also talks about what to do when we are …

[BYOA] Miles Austin

August 3rd, 2018


Today Dan and Broc interview Miles Austin from Fill the Funnel. Sometimes all we need is a good friend to push us when we are overwhelmed. Breaking our larger goals into small tasks can be a good way to get started. …

[BYOA] David Hamman

August 2nd, 2018


David Hamman talks about what he hopes to accomplish with Ripple Club. He talks Dan and Broc through his idea of a platform of knowledge that will be available to an up-and-coming generation of business leaders that are …

[BYOA] Austin Hulsey

August 1st, 2018


Join Dan and Broc as they chat with Austin Hulsey, the CEO of NutriFitt and author of the children’s book Nanook. What did Austin do when he entered …

[BYOA] Bryan Vashus

July 31st, 2018


Today Dan and Broc interview Bryan Vashus. They talk about fixed mindset versus growth mindset and how being exposed to new ideas is such an important factor of that. Bryan also talks bankruptcy and the importance of …

[BYOA] Petra Davidson

July 30th, 2018


Dan and Broc have an incredibly insightful conversation with Petra Davidson of Get Spotted with Petra Davidson. She shares how her unique way of …

[BYOA] Jonathan Hairgrove

July 27th, 2018


VP of sales for Vision-e and owner of OTB, Jonathan Hairgrove, is Dan and Broc’s guest today on the podcast. While it’s nice to help take care of someone else’s problem with your software, it’s also okay to charge for …

[BYOA] Annie Petersen

July 26th, 2018


Today, Annie, a writer from California, shares with Dan and Broc how journaling helps her stay focused. She talks about how we are all “in progress” and that change is a gift we give ourselves and we need to be open to …

[BYOA] Bethany Michaels

July 25th, 2018


Bethany Michaels the Content Social Media Queen dispels the myth “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sometimes entrepreneurialism is crying in a closet and constantly grinding from day to day. …

[BYOA] Chris Rondeau

July 24th, 2018


Dan and Broc have a conversation with Chris Rondeau, Area Director for Man in the Mirror Ministries. As a believer, Chris talks about the value in sacrificing for others and how serving people is better than being …

[BYOA] Shaun Spencer

July 23rd, 2018


From homeless to entrepreneur- Find out how Shaun turned his idea into a reality by surrounding himself with the right people, having the right mindset, and getting out of his comfort zone. Host Dan Waldschmidt and …

Bad Times = Better Beliefs

July 20th, 2018


If times were always good, would we have enough stamina to get past the challenging requirements?

In this episode, Dan talks about how the bad times …

Crazy Beliefs?

July 19th, 2018


Dan reflects on his time in seminary and shares how his own beliefs and upbringing have molded him into who he is today.

He discusses the old adage …

Believe What?

July 10th, 2018


In this episode, Dan proposes that to accomplish our goals, we must first believe we can.

Belief is a powerful thing and can control everything we …

Interview with Sara Hanner.

July 6th, 2018


Matt (Managing director of the EDGY Empire) interviews Sara about the upcoming Bring Your Own Awesome podcast.

They establish that she is not guilty of murder and proceed to highlight important moments of the …

Interview with Hector LaMarque.

July 4th, 2018


Can seeking comfort hinder us from becoming successful?

In this interview with Hector LaMarque of Primerica, Hector and Dan discuss how being …

That Accountability

July 2nd, 2018


Are you willing to hold yourself and others accountable even when it’s uncomfortable?

Don’t be guilty of only being partially accountable or …

Your Own Awesome

June 29th, 2018


Your Own Awesome (153)- Dan, Broc, and Matt reminisce over breakfast in Dallas on the Bring Your Own Awesome interviews and what they were able to take away from them.

A lot of inspiring things happened during these …

Chicken Wings

June 26th, 2018


In today’s episode, Dan tells the story of The Eagle and the Chicken. We all worry if what we are doing matters.

Sometimes we don’t feel like smiling and being happy and we let others’ opinions stop us from being …

The Learning Loop

June 25th, 2018


Dan reflects on ten years out of DC.

The best person will learn, adapt, and grow and be excited by those opportunities to do so.

Dan challenges listeners to proactively learn by reading.

Join us in The EDGY Facebook …

Newtonian Logic

June 22nd, 2018


This month’s topic of “Momentum” continues with the most scientific episode of the podcast yet!

Dan “nerds out” while applying the formula for …

Starting That Snowball

June 20th, 2018


Doing many positive, little things now help build momentum and will eventually come together to change your course of history in a big way.

After listening, join me in The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about this …

Negative Momentum

June 18th, 2018


Dan lights a fire in this episode! When we do everything we do nothing. Stay away from negative people.

They only want to feel better about themselves and drag us down. Dan reminds us that the way to handle negative …

Bad Habit Disaster

June 15th, 2018


In this episode Dan continues his topic for the month on “Momentum”. Momentum is the great differentiator between success or failure.

He will talk about how making a decision is not always a moral decision of right or …

The Tyson Disaster

June 11th, 2018


What happens when we discount the fatality of not being sharp?

The moment we do not take our battles seriously is the moment when our life starts to …

The Momentum Superpower

June 8th, 2018


Dan reads snippets from an article by Andrew Hamilton about psychological momentum with sports as an example.

He talks about how important it is to …

[BONUS] When You Tri More.

June 7th, 2018


You have to keep fighting. Even when life seems unfair. Even when you give your best and it's not enough.

Karen's life is a story about trying. …

Unwritten Value Lesson

June 4th, 2018


Are values “historical” or “aspirational”?

Can we change our history? Do we uphold our values when no one is looking?

Maybe we are having trouble …

What You Value

June 1st, 2018


Dan continues the conversation on value. How valuable are you to others?

Are you valuing the wrong thing? He reminds us that our words should not be …

The Wrong Kind of Value

May 30th, 2018


What happens when you make yourself vulnerable to someone and they stomp on your dream?

In this episode, Dan talks about being careful not to let …

5-4-3-2-1 GO!

May 28th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: You don't have to be perfect to be awesome. You just have to be awesome.

All around us there are opportunities to deliver value.

Being valuable is finding opportunities to deliver something extra and …

Hustling Value

May 25th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: It's hard to have value if your behaviors aren't changing.

Today I talked about my one big mistake when I thought I was being so valuable.

We all make mistakes that we have to work through. It's easy …

Next Is Now [Interview].

May 24th, 2018


Dan finishes his talk with Lior Arussy in this three part series.

While discussing Lior's new book, Next is Now, Dan and Lior talk about craftsmanship in business and marketing, openness to 'change" and allocating time …

Change Resilience [Interview].

May 23rd, 2018


Dan talks in depth about Lior Arussy's new book, Next is Now

Dan and Lior speak about change- in employees and in brand. Lior explains FOMO and talks about "change resilience."

Together, they discuss how to embrace …

Best or Nothing [Interview].

May 22nd, 2018


Dan talks with Lior Arussy CEO of Strativity and author of Next is Now.

Dan and Lior talk about misguided marketing, Lior's customer experience …

Leveling Up

May 21st, 2018


If you want to be valuable and you're not valuable, why is that?

You know if you're valuable, the world brings you more fulfillment. You're happier.

Valuable Skills

May 18th, 2018


Competency, Capability and Value-- What's the difference? Or is it the same?

You can't be valuable unless you have skills and talents. And those skills need to be as good or better than the person who needs your …

Susan's Value

May 11th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Despite the negativity, it's what you do next that decides if you make your big breakthrough.

Today, I talk about Susan Boyle and …

Stu's Valuable Lesson

May 9th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Sometimes you have to take your best stuff and give it away.

The key to being valuable is not just selling things to people.

Sometimes it's doing what you do and giving it to people.

Today, I talk …


May 8th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: It doesn't take money to make money.

To achieve wealth, it takes crazy amounts of value.

We struggle to talk about value because when we do, we open ourselves up to exploring our own value.

Today we …

Uncomfortable Details

May 4th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: What worked for you in the past won't work for you now.

Being uncomfortable is part of the magic of success.

Nobody wants to be uncomfortable.

We all have this aversion to being uncomfortable, but …

[Bonus] When You're Just Not Willing To Give Up

May 3rd, 2018


Walking down Shotwell St in San Francisco, you’d be forgiven for not noticing the thin, nondescript brown building with its two businesses splitting the narrow front. Pedestrians walking past on October 3, 2015 might’ve …

Spiritually Rich

April 30th, 2018


Language Advisory

The Big Takeaway: There is a spiritual nature to money.

You have this "thing" inside you that is like a spiritual experience for somebody else. You have the key to someone's breakthrough.

You have …

[Bonus] How To Make A Way When There Isn't One.

April 26th, 2018


For Robert Peary, it was his life motto. The words inscribed on his tombstone.

In 1881, he joined the US Navy Civil Engineers Corps, a job that sent him to Key West, Florida on one of his first assignments to do the …

The Spiritual Side.

April 25th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Today I talk about the spiritual side of money.

Do you have affirmations that help you to create the wealth you want? Do you have a mantra?

Using money to help others and to help yourself can be …

A Rich Mindset.

April 24th, 2018


NSFW advisory: Dan says "Fuck it"

The Big Takeaway: How does mindset impact your money?

Actions do have an impact. When you do things you should be …

Stack The Scale.

April 23rd, 2018


Warning: Dan drops the F bomb...just once.

The Big Takeaway: You know intellectually what you need to do, but emotionally you are stuck.

So what do …

Quiet Enough

April 20th, 2018


Parental advisory: Dan uses strong language. You've been warned ;-)

The Big Takeaway: How do you answer the question of "am I doing deep work"?

[Bonus] Success is Primal.

April 19th, 2018


To this day, a small white box sits tucked away in the archives of a nondescript building in downtown Copenhagen stuffed next to other artifacts from a time when “frozen” meant death. The back of that seemingly …

Small Big Steps.

April 18th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: If you're struggling with your finances, you may be someone who avoids even looking at your account.

Your money problems are not …

Inspired Stories.

April 17th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Money isn't everything, but it is everything when you need it.

Just like water, when you don't have enough of it, it's a problem. Money is the same way.

Sure you don't need it to be happy, but you do …

Peace of Mind.

April 16th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Life will force you to suffer whether you want to or not.

Have you ever thought that even though you make money, you aren't supposed to have it? And so you spend it. Carelessly.

Your suffering …

Those Pesky Setbacks.

April 13th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Life doesn't play fair.

No matter how hard you try and how prepared you think you are, things go wrong.

It's important to accept that things happen and life goes on despite how catastrophic it seems.

[BONUS] You've Got So Much More Potential.

April 12th, 2018


It was the middle of the night. Steve was jolted awake in the middle of a raging storm. In the dark and stormy unknown of the Atlantic Ocean.

It had …

Enough Money Business.

April 6th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Money, Money, Money, Money, Money.... the journey begins.

Today we start talking about why you are "stuck" when it comes to money.

Let's talk about the myths of money and how your beliefs about money …

Pain In. Pain Out.

April 2nd, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Despite how you feel, you still need to show up.

The norm for most of us is to just push on and disregard how we feel.

And lots of times, we aren't forgiving or empathetic when those around us are …

Lessons From Dubai.

March 30th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Sometimes fear and frustration can lead to opportunity.

Listen to how I got past language barriers and helped forge a relationship when communication was in the way while I was in Dubai.

But …

State of Awesome.

March 27th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: We all have a lot on our mind, but don't confuse that with your state of mind.

The world is full of problems. Sometimes we spend …

Mapping Your Life.

March 26th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: If you want better relationships, you've got to work on the stuff that's inside you.

How you go into any situation is directly related to your map of existence.

The way you view your map of the world …

Badwater Lessons.

March 23rd, 2018


How the "toughest race on earth" relates to relationships.

As I ran "the toughest race on earth" with my wife beside me, I realized a few things about relationships.

Your relationship to yourself has a direct …

[Bonus] If It Doesn't Suck You're Not Doing It Right.

March 22nd, 2018


Like so many other 10-year-old boys, Kieran Behan went into surgery for a small tumor discovered on his leg. It was a routine surgery, performed …

Be Your Own Help.

March 21st, 2018


The Big Takeaway: You're either growing or wilting away when it comes to relationships.

It's not good enough to go through the motions and fix things later. You have to be an active participant in your relationships. …

Medicine of Empathy.

March 20th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: We all want to have great relationships, but what gets in our way of having them sometimes is mental baggage.

When you're happy, you want other people to be happy, right?

Conversely, when you are …

Bit Healthier (Pt.2)

March 19th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: In part two of creating healthier relationships, we go over a few more techniques to help you thrive in your personal life.

Do you …

Bit Healthier (Pt.1)

March 16th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Today is part one of ways to build healthier relationships.

It is not rocket science.

Most of us know what we need to do to build healthier relationships.

But do we actually do them?

Or do we just …

[Bonus] When You Should Give Up On Your Ice-Cold, Crazy Ideas.

March 15th, 2018


It was at a dinner shortly after the wedding that the idea came up. One of Frederic’s younger sister had just married the most eligible bachelor in town. Chilled drinks were flowing. And so were the ideas. As Frederic’s …

People Who Push.

March 14th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: We have moments in our lives where we have people that push us.

Sometimes the people that push us are our fiercest competitors.

Sometimes the people that push you are family and friends.

Where are …

Sharing Your Pain.

March 12th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: By supporting others, you get the greatest benefit.

Relationships are hard because you have to navigate your own paths and also the paths of those walking with you.

We often fall into the trap of …

Making a Better Bed

March 9th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: How do you know if you are improving your relationships?

Are you in tune with the idea that your relationships DO need more work?

Do you know you CAN make a difference in your relationships? Do you …


March 7th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: In this transition from commitment to relationships, we take a look at the karmic method of relationships.

What you put in is what you get out.

That goes for personal and professional relationships.


March 2nd, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Today I talk about how we push the limits until our bones break, but our body protects us so that doesn't happen.

Everything goes back to commitment and when enough is enough.

How much pain can we …

[Bonus] The Right Age to be Amazing.

March 1st, 2018


At 1, Christian Friedrich Heinecken, the legendary child prodigy had read the Pentateuch. At 2, speed skater Bonnie Blair began skating. She should …

Dig A Lake

February 28th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: On the last discussion on commitment, we talk about how truly committed we are.

It takes more than doing something one time or one …


February 27th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Being recognized is not a measuring stick for your commitment.

You may live your whole life without being recognized for your …

Stop Sabotaging You (Pt.2)

February 25th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: You're committed until you are not. Today we talk about the second part of our discussion on commitment and some of the reasons and ways we sabotage our own commitment.

Do you resent other people's …

Stop Sabotaging You (Pt.1)

February 20th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: You and I do things that stop or limit our commitment aka we sabotage ourselves.

Each of us sees commitment in a different way. And it's purely dependent on what we are going through.

It's …

[Bonus] We're Just Not Tough Enough.

February 15th, 2018


It was World War II. A team of soldiers in the Americal Infantry Division was fighting inch by inch for a painfully embattled strip of tropical …

Gutcheck Yourself.

February 14th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Today, we tackle the big question: Are you as committed as you think you are?

When you look back at your accomplishments (or lack of) do you show a consistency of moving forward or do you start …

How To Stay Committed (Pt.2)

February 12th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: To be committed or not to be committed? That is the question. Today I talk about the ways in which you can become more committed. From your financial health to committing to just being plain excellent.

How To Stay Committed (Pt.1)

February 9th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Today I go over a few ways to stay completely committed.

Do you really know who you are? It's hard to know what your potential is when you don't know who you are.

And you can't commit to achieving …

[Bonus] Unlocking the Spartan Inside You.

February 8th, 2018


In the summer of 480 B.C., Xerxes and his Persian army descended on the plains of Greece with a force that shook the world.  Ancient sources claim the army to number in the millions.  And their ferocity was undeniable. …

Angry About It.

February 7th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Commitment is determined, often, by external circumstances. And commitment has its limits.

If you're not committed in one area of your life, chances are you're probably not committed in other areas of …

Introduction to Commitment

February 6th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Sometimes commitment takes eye opening circumstances to show us how committed we really are.

For the month of February, I will be focusing all/most of the podcasts on staying completely committed.

[Bonus] Shift Your Identity with Jim Fortin

February 2nd, 2018


Last month, I talked with Jim Fortin in a series of interviews for my podcast. Join me here where you will get the full Jim Fortin experience.

In …

[Bonus] The Difference Love Makes.

February 1st, 2018


Michael was born in one of the poorest parts of Memphis, Tennessee.  One of thirteen children.  His mother Denise was a crack cocaine addict and …

Recap of Purpose.

January 31st, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Sometimes when you are doing what you are meant to do, things just work out.

Today, I talk about the rewards of purpose and some of the topics that we covered over the month of January about purpose- …

[Bonus] What's Worth Living For.

January 25th, 2018


In July of 2007, Grant Achatz shocked the culinary world with the news that he had just been diagnosed with stage four cancer in his mouth.  More …

Everybody's Purpose.

January 24th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: There are things that only you can do.

Think about it.

Nobody can do exactly what you can do, because there is only one you.

The Jealousy Trap.

January 23rd, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Jealousy is a natural defense mechanism, but it will crush your purpose if you are not careful.

We all have things that are …

Purposefully Now.

January 22nd, 2018


The Big Takeaway: We live a lot of our lives for the future while overlooking the present.

I'm guilty of thinking (and saying), "Let's wait til later to have a relationship. Let's wait til later to spend time with the …

Abundantly Awesome.

January 19th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: If your life depended on it, would you know exactly what you should be doing?

Today I talk about the idea of abundance as a …

[Bonus] The Story of a Broken Window.

January 18th, 2018


Not too long ago, I was working with a client located about an hour north of Philadelphia, PA. After a long day of strategy, I was exhausted and stressed out and not in the most positive state of mind. So I decided to …

What Is Your Identity?

January 17th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: If you are looking to change, you should care about identity.

You don't have to improve. As a person, you get to improve. It's not …

Purpose is Powerful.

January 16th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Bridging the gap between having purpose and being purposeful

I believe that a lot of the failures I've had in my life was because …

Break Any Bad Habit Without Using Willpower (with Jim Fortin).

January 15th, 2018


Join us for the final segment with Jim Fortin. We continue our conversation about dismissing bad habits- successfully. And focusing your attention on …

Your Subconscious Identity Is Your Destiny (with Jim Fortin).

January 12th, 2018


Day three with Jim Fortin reveals how to look at yourself at an identity level. If you don't identify with what you want, you will never get there. We also cover habits and dismissing them.

95% of everything you do is …

[Bonus] Why Success Needs to Hurt First.

January 11th, 2018


In 1930, the 23 year old Freddie Chapman led a British expedition to Greenland.  He experienced such ferocious cold that he lost all his finger and …

Bend Reality to Your Will (with Jim Fortin).

January 10th, 2018


Today, we continue the interview with Sales Psychology guru, Jim Fortin. We are talking about the science of energy and physical reality bending to …

How and Why People Buy Subconsciously (with Jim Fortin).

January 9th, 2018


This week I interview Jim Fortin, the founder of The Sales Psychology Academy.

Today we look at the way people buy. There are two ways that may be a …

Breaking Through (Pt. 2).

January 8th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: Why do people who care about finding their purpose still have trouble actually seeing it?

Today I discuss the distorted perspectives that prevent us from seeing our real purpose. The negative thoughts …

Breaking Through (Pt. 1).

January 5th, 2018


The Big Takeaway: How can we work past the negative thoughts and feelings that hold us back and keep us from being powerful?

Today I talk about the …

[Bonus] When You Make the Choice to be Awesome.

January 4th, 2018


All the odds pointed to Derek Redmond being the winner of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona in the 400 meter sprint.  During his career he had already won the World Championships, European Championships, and the …

Purpose Equals Priorities.

January 3rd, 2018


The Big Takeaway: How do you make time for being? You just make time for it.

Today, I talk a little about the book of the month book How Will You Measure Your Life?

The challenge that I often face is how to make time …

Myths About Purpose #2

January 2nd, 2018


The Big Takeaway: You may screw up and you may limit your options, but you will not limit your purpose.

Today, we continue the discussion from …

Myths About Purpose

January 1st, 2018


What's your purpose? Tell us in the Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

Productive Tech Toys.

December 28th, 2017


The Big Takeaway: Having all the productivity tools does not guarantee forward motions. Sometimes it can hinder your progress.

Here are some of my …

Your Inspired Story.

December 27th, 2017


Today, I read a sneak peek at my new book, The Law of Awesome.

An exciting look at stories that will make your heart speed up and keep you on the …

That Reboot You Want.

December 26th, 2017


The Big Takeaway: If you knew how to fix yourself, you probably would have already done it.

On today's podcast, I talk about a radical reboot for …

Choosing Your Family.

December 22nd, 2017


The Big Takeaway: Family is about love and support, but they aren't always related by blood.

Kids say the darndest things, and Dan talks to some little professionals on the subject of family.

What do you do when you …

The Easiest 1 Thing.

December 20th, 2017


The Big Takeaway : You don’t have to wait until a new year to make progress.

The only thing that’s stopping you from making progress is you.

Often when we think about making progress, we often think about finishing …

Just Communicate.

December 19th, 2017


The Big Takeaway: Communication is speaking from a place of intention and learning to say “I’m sorry.”

My father taught me that sometimes the best way to find what’s going on is to talk to the people who are making it …

Get Started Now.

December 18th, 2017


ONE BIG TAKEAWAY: Why do you keep putting off until tomorrow what you could do right now?

That’s where momentum starts.

Right now.

Progress trumps …

Rainy Day Inspiration.

December 15th, 2017


One Big Takeaway: Sometimes it’s not your story you should focus on.

If you look at other people who have come back over and over again- against all …

[Bonus] One Thing You Can Do To Change The Rest Of Your Life.

December 14th, 2017


Michael Chase was at the end of his rope. A retired paramedic, he was now homeless. Living out his van. Moving from city to city. Making money from …

Leadership Simplified.

December 13th, 2017


ONE BIG TAKEAWAY: Leadership is messy! The people you look up to, the people you consider leaders, are human. They are people.

They are wonderfully …

That Next Step.

December 12th, 2017


ONE BIG TAKEAWAY: what would you do if you knew failure was not an option?

You don’t have to complicate your next step.

What’s that next step for …

Just Less Negative.

December 11th, 2017


There are no new ideas, just new framework.

So when we re-framed EDGY to be RADICAL HELP for people who WANT it we were targeting people who have a desire to make progress. People like you.

And we all have one main …

Less Thank Perfect

December 8th, 2017


You don't have to be perfect to be awesome and you don't have to be perfect to share your message with the world.

You’re human. You don’t have to have it all figured out to help others, to be of service to others, to …

[Bonus] Making Time for Excellence.

December 7th, 2017


In 1960, Cassius Clay won the light heavyweight gold medal in the Rome Summer Olympic after more than one hundred amateur fights and fewer than a …

Thinking Thoughts.

December 6th, 2017


Your thoughts aren't magic. What you dream about at night is the result of who you are. Your thoughts are the manifestation of your subconscious. …

Better Questions.

December 5th, 2017


One of the overwhelmingly apparent habits of high achievers is their insatiable curiosity. They question everything. They don't just want an answer. They want the explanation behind the answer. They want the research …


December 4th, 2017


What happens when the book is finished, the live broadcast ends, the podcast is over, the newsletter is opened?

“What’s Next?”


I’ve put together an epic one-day event in Greenville, SC …

Be. Do. Have.

December 1st, 2017


Whether you achieve success or not directly depends on the stories you're telling yourself. Right now.

Think about that. The stories you repeat to yourself are the limits you are putting on your success.

Instead of …

[Bonus] The Secret Attitude of Superstars.

November 30th, 2017


Almost since the day he was born there was nothing that Clay wanted to do more than to become a professional fisherman.

From the time he was five …

Clarity From Action.

November 29th, 2017


Clarity forces action.

Take a moment to breathe.

You might be surprised at what a fresh perspective can do for you.

The stakes are high. But they've always been that way.

You're left bothered by where you are.

3 Lessons Learned.

November 28th, 2017


You're going to make mistakes. You're going to find yourself in situations where life chews you up and spits you out.

Your mission is to learn and improve.

You don't need to get it right the first time. Or even the …

[Bonus] One Way To Guarantee That Your Life Makes a Difference.

November 23rd, 2017


Wayne sat on the edge his couch in early 2004 watching the breaking news of a tsunami crashing into Indonesia. Destroying miles of land. Ripping homes off their foundations. Crushing town after town in a torrent of …

Invested in Renewal.

November 22nd, 2017


Dan Waldschmidt and his Chief of Staff spent 5 days in Laguna Beach recharging and hanging around people who can feed your soul.

How can you use …

Empathetically Amazing.

November 20th, 2017


You can't motivate people when you're judging them. You can't help people or get them to change if you're labeling them and putting them in a box. One of the key reasons why businesses struggle to grow is a lack of …

Chasing the Light.

November 17th, 2017


I was more than 18 hours into my run and slightly more than 92 miles closer to the finish line of the Arkansas Traveller 100 than when I started at 5 a.m. earlier that morning -- and I had to go to the bathroom. Bad. My …

[Bonus] The Plan is Really Your Success.

November 16th, 2017


Lasse Viren of Finland, was a police officer who burst onto the international track scene in 1971 running the 5,000 and 10,000 meter events.  He …

Outside of Work.

November 15th, 2017


What are you doing outside of your professional life to push you towards greatness?

Want to read Dan's thoughts on running 100 miles? Check it out here >>

The Basics.

November 14th, 2017


Success comes down to doing the basics really well.

Having a purpose. Treating others with kindness. Putting in the work. Delivering on promises …

It's Just Life.

November 10th, 2017


It's OK to feel lost along your journey to success. In fact, if you're going someplace new you'll be lost until the moment you arrive where you want to be. And even then, where you end up can feel awkward and odd. So …

[Bonus] Beating Selfishness with a “Dying” Plan

November 9th, 2017


In a small town with fewer than 300 people in Center, North Dakota, Hazel and Emmet and Myrdith lived in a small, simple home with their parents …

Being a Hero.

November 8th, 2017


The hard truth about discipline is that repetition isn't the same as practice, excellence, and focused determination.

Superstar athletes and high-performance business executives share the same ability to maniacally …

It's a Marathon.

November 7th, 2017


Dan debriefs on the results of his marathon where he goes after a sub-2:30:00 marathon and shares some of the lessons he learned.

  1. The value of …

Real Productivity.

November 6th, 2017


"The mark of productivity is not necessarily getting things done, it's getting the things that matter done." - Anthony Iannarino

Be productive in things that matter. Are you getting things done that don't matter?

If …

Just Try.

November 3rd, 2017


Dan's son Bryce joins him while driving to football practice to talk about the value of continuing to try.

What do you think? Talk about it here >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

[Bonus] Why You Need to Almost Lose it All.

November 2nd, 2017


Mike Weaver took up boxing in the swamps of Vietnam in early 1970.  Not yet twenty years old, the young Marine found the training deeply inspiring …

Your Purpose.

November 1st, 2017


The great pyramids of Egypt were started by a single stone, placed by a single worker on that first day. That single stone didn't amount to much of anything. The slave worker who placed it there didn't get a bonus. …

Timely Rewards.

October 31st, 2017


Several years ago I got conned out of about $100,000 by a business partner con man. This guy had the right lines and the awesome business plan and I was silly enough to lose out. Stupid me! (It wasn't the first time I …

No Free Pass.

October 30th, 2017


Anything you want in life can be achieved with enough hard work. It doesn't matter what your goal is, the resources you have, or what odds are stacked against you, hard work levels the playing field.

It makes heroes …

Happy Warrior.

October 27th, 2017


There are times when it is easier to be happy than others. But being happy isn't just luck. You can make yourself happy.

Surround yourself by people who love you. Give to others more than you take from them. Take time …

[Bonus] The Will to Win: C'est Pour Toi, Maman.

October 26th, 2017


For 24 years, Joannie had trained to be in this position.  She entered the Olympics, with 12 gold medals in the last 12 consecutive Canadian National …

Not Too Stubborn.

October 25th, 2017


You pretending that you have it all figured out is costing you massive momentum. If you're bull-headed, chances are that you need to get better at …

Warrior Living.

October 24th, 2017


Warriors act differently than everyone else. They don’t make (or take) excuses. If he wants to win, he wins.

How much more impactful would you be if …

Quiet Progress.

October 23rd, 2017


You can't make progress without pain. It's a simple as that.

It's not fun to hurt. It's not pleasant to be uncomfortable. It's unnatural to …

[Bonus] The Race for Success Is a Long One.

October 20th, 2017


Albert Ernest Clifford Young died a few years ago in late 2003 at the age of 81.  Twenty years earlier (at a spry 61 years of age) the Australian potato farmer accomplished the impossible.

Talk about it here:

No Regrets.

October 19th, 2017


The only thing holding you back is you.

Your past doesn't own you. That regret you feel don't need to be permanent.

The future is there for your …

Communicate Better.

October 16th, 2017


What neighborhood drama can teach you about effective communication & how to get out of your own head...

Join the conversation: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

Along the Way.

October 13th, 2017


What you do each day directly leads to the results you get and what you ultimately achieve.

Just because things aren't the way you think they should …

[Bonus] Old Dogs, New Tricks, and the Attitude That Will Make You a Superstar.

October 12th, 2017


Three days into 1870, John Roebling began work on a suspension bridge that would connect Manhattan to Brooklyn for the first time.  It was a project …

One Question.

October 11th, 2017


Who do you envy?

Let's talk about it: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

Belief Is a Muscle.

October 10th, 2017


You might think you believe something right now, but the true test of your belief is what you do when you get tested.

What you do when what you think is normal and expected changes radically.

Then it's clear to see …

Empathize a Tad.

October 9th, 2017


Are you kind enough?

Let's talk about it: edgy.es/facebookgroup

Leveling Up.

October 6th, 2017


John D. Rockefeller, Jr. told his kids, “run with the swift."

The way to get better is by losing. You’ve got to surround yourself with people better …

[Bonus] Success Takes Extreme Behavior.

October 5th, 2017


When Jerry Rice entered the NFL in 1985, only two team were interested in speaking with him. His speed troubled a lot of the scouts evaluating the players. He didn't have the flashiness of the other receivers in the …

Focused Feelings.

October 4th, 2017


What are you telling yourself? What are you focused on? How you feel isn't an accident. You feel what you focus on.

Tell us what you focus on: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

Fear Less.

October 3rd, 2017


"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek" - Joseph Cambell.

You're not uncertain. You're afraid. And you're afraid because what you …

Change Thyself.

October 2nd, 2017


There are no secret formulas. There are no guaranteed methods.

There is no "silver bullet" that will solve your problems.

You know everything you …

Word Wise.

September 29th, 2017


What you say matters. To you and everyone around you.

Winners use winning words. Losers do the opposite.

You show your attitude in the words you use.

Especially when you aren't paying attention.

Anyone can take the …

[Bonus] Making Excuses is a Choice

September 28th, 2017


Carl "Sugarfoot" Joseph was born in Madison, Florida, a little east of the state capital. The fourth of ten children, he was raised by a single mom. They were a poor family living in the country without any real access …

Wanting to Change.

September 27th, 2017


Do you want to change? Do you really? Let's talk about why you're changing and what you should do about it.

Join the group: …

Get up. Get out.

September 26th, 2017


What do you do when you work for people who suck? Dan answers another listener question. Got something you want Dan to answer?

Ask Dan here: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

Want It More.

September 25th, 2017


It's not enough to know what to do or how to do it. Winners just don't know how to win. They want to win.

They want to win before they know how to win.

They're not even sure they have the skills and talent to win, but …

Greatness Expected.

September 22nd, 2017


Shades of red, 2 pixels, micromanaging, and what they have to do with greatness. Much love to the whole crew who made the rebrand possible :-)


[Bonus] Effort Is the Great Equalizer.

September 21st, 2017


Lips blue and hands shaking beyond human control, Carl Brashear struggled to find the next step up the side of the metal ladder to the wooden pier. …

What's Next.

September 20th, 2017


Dan dives into what's next in The EDGY Empire...and why that scares him.


Join the community: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire


September 19th, 2017


Who do you want to be around? We're building a community to connect awesome people with other awesome people. To land that dream client. To land that dream job.

Whatever it is, we're here to help. We all are.


Join …

Finding Purpose.

September 18th, 2017


A hard look at everything that's going on in The EDGY Empire. And why it matters to you.

Check out the all-new website at danwaldschmidt.com

Take The Next Step.

September 15th, 2017


It is usually always a scary long distance between where you are now and where you want to be.

Which is why it’s important that you focus on progress rather than where you are right now.

In other words, focus on …

All Things Awesome.

September 14th, 2017


Experience is measured first in quantity and then in quality.

Experience is first gained through the raw execution of your passion and energy. You …

Be the Expert.

September 13th, 2017


Buyers don’t need more questions. They need more answers.

Consultative selling is as ridiculously outdated as Alec Baldwin’s advice in Glengarry …

How to Believe.

September 12th, 2017


Part of the magic of overcoming obstacles is your belief that it’s actually possible.

You won’t stick with much of anything that matters for long if you don’t believe that it’s worth it.

Hard work and tough choices …

Stop Avoiding.

September 11th, 2017


To Doug,

Stop avoiding your problems (I do it too).

Go be awesome,



Read the blog Dan talks about here.

Join the movement: danwaldschmidt.com

[Bonus] You’re Just A Flop Away From Success.

September 8th, 2017


Scrawny nerd Dick Fosbury struggled at high school sports. He couldn’t make the football team. Or the basketball team. And he didn’t make the cut for …

Earned Not Owed.

September 7th, 2017


You’re bitter when no one automatically gives you what you want.

Instead of working ferociously towards your dreams you wait to be handed the things you think you are owed.

But it’s not enough. It never is.

What …

Get Ready.

September 6th, 2017


You think you’re ready to do whatever it takes.

You say you’re willing to lay it all on the line. But when you’re in the thick of the battle, it’s easy to see things differently.

You’re tired and beat down, low on …

How to Change.

September 5th, 2017


When you’re pursuing success there comes a time where you have to ask yourself a hard question about what really matters.

Is it more important that you are right or that you figure out a way past the obstacles standing …

Want Power.

September 4th, 2017


It’s not enough to know what to do or how to do it. Winners just don’t know how to win. They want to win.

They want to win before they know how to win.

They’re not sure they have the skills and talent to win, but they …

Treated Unfairly.

September 1st, 2017


It’s going to happen. On your conquest through life, others are going to lie about you, stab you in the back, confuse your motives, and misinterpret your intentions.

They are going to overreact, blame you, say mean …

Finding Focus.

August 31st, 2017


What you focus on most determines how successful you become.

Your thoughts and dreams and aspirations are a direct result of what you spend your …

Working Tired.

August 30th, 2017


Can you feel it? Can you feel it?

Can you feel momentum pushing you from where you are to where you want to be?

The single greatest power you have is to create and manage your own momentum.

The first time you do …

Extreme Behavior.

August 29th, 2017


What if no meeting lasted longer than 15 minutes?

How much more awesome would you be?

Learn what happened when a billion-dollar company questioned …

Do What Matters.

August 28th, 2017


How the story of Scott Riddle makes Dan rethink everything he's doing.

Read Scott's story here

-- Join the movement: danwaldschmidt.com

[Bonus] The One Who Got Back Up.

August 26th, 2017


It was Tokyo, Japan. The evening of February 11, 1990. Another heart-stopping boxing performance expected from the angriest boxer to ever set foot inside the ring.

Walking into the arena, James Douglas was a 42-1 …

Get Fit.

August 25th, 2017


If you’re not fit, your dream will die.

You will find yourself sluggish, not focused. You won’t have the energy to listen and be as creative as you need to be.

From time to time when you need to put in extra hours, …

Just Ask for Help.

August 24th, 2017


Being disciplined is about restraint, but it’s also about being able to ask for cooperation from those who can help you get to where you want to be.

But if you don’t know where that difference is, then the help you’re …

Avoiding Negativity.

August 23rd, 2017


The goal of negative people is to destroy and maim all those within earshot of their sniveling critiques.

Like a suicide bomber on a bad mission, their only concern is the destruction of those around them—even at the …

Ready to Learn.

August 22nd, 2017


What lessons have you learned recently? What type of new ideas and inspirational thinking are you proactively putting into your head?

What you learn determines how quickly you grow.

If the only time you learn is when …

Get Some Intensity.

August 21st, 2017


What’s it going to take to get your attention?

You’ve been wasting your time. Filling your life with self-destructive behaviors and fulfilling …

Power of Apology.

August 18th, 2017


Losers apologize slowly. You have to pry it out of them. And it comes six months late — way too late to be useful, believable, or appropriate.

We …

Get Out of Your Funk.

August 17th, 2017


It is not an accident if you find yourself constantly nervous and frustrated. And it’s not a coincidence if you wake up tired but inspired.

Successful Friends.

August 16th, 2017


Your friendships determine your destiny.

Who you are as a competitor, what you achieve, and how you react to everyday circumstances — these are all reactions shaped by the people you surround yourself with most.

Those …

Failure Isn't Final.

August 15th, 2017


Can I share a behind-the-scenes story about failure? My failure.

Almost two years ago we started working on a podcast here at The EDGY Empire.

As we begin to talk about putting together a production of our own, we …

Learn and Improve.

August 14th, 2017


Your mission is to learn and improve.

You don't need to get it right the first time. Or even the second or third time. But you do need to learn from your mistakes and figure out a way to make sure you get to where you …

The Details Matter.

August 7th, 2017


It’s usually the small things that make the most difference.

It’s the details that will likely determine your degree of success or failure.

It’s not going to be one big moment or one grand experience that …

Perception of Effort.

July 31st, 2017


Progress takes hustle. Momentum requires sweat.

You can’t get from where you are now to where you want to be without massive amounts of hard work. That’s the truth.

Anything that you want to achieve is possible as …

Your Drug of Choice.

July 31st, 2017


It doesn’t need to be true. You just need to believe it.

That’s when everything changes. Because belief is a drug.

It changes how you think, how your body behaves, your energy, how you feel, what you see, and every …

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