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    The Power of Saying No

    "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 going to do perfectly before you get started.

    Dan's challenge to all of us, take those first few steps. Let us all do less, the power of saying NO.

    After you listen, come to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community and share how this episode change the way how you look at your purpose in life.

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    What Do You Want

    " 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 focused on might change. What we want at 4 years old is not the same at 40 years old. Your life purpose is your contribution.

    Why is finding your purpose so important? Listen to this podcast episode and uncover the answer to this question.

    After you listen, come to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community and share how this episode change the way how you look at your purpose in life.

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    On Being Effective

    " 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 being efficient. Performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort, Being effective is about doing the right things while being efficient is about doing things right.

    As you listen to this episode, try to ask yourself this question, Is this getting me closer to where I want to be?

    Recommended book: The Miracle Club by Mitch Horowitz

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    What Is Purpose

    " 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 destination—a community.

    The goals that foster a sense of purpose are ones that can potentially change the lives of other people.

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    Keeping On Living

    " 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 in life. You can live or you can die. Pick one. If you choose to live, it is all a matter of HOW you choose to live.

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    Stop Dabbling

    "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 you listen to this episode, try to ponder on this question, "How do you stay focused with everything that you are doing?"

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    Championship-Grade Forgiveness

    "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 that blind you." Dan Waldschmidt

    The biggest part of this epiode is forgiving yourself. We all don't realized how good we are in forgiving ourselves. We might don't even know that we like ourselves.

    As you listen to this episode, try to look deeply at yourself.

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    Red Ants

    "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 ever thought possible."

    How can something so awful, something that causes pain to others be so helpful?

    Like other complicated things in life, pain may not have any specific cause at all. It can have many underlying causes but pain can also be clearly beneficial.

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    [BYOA] Rockit Gaming

    "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 share how we normally focused too heavily on doing things and that we don't realize how unimportant those things are and until we do it enough. They share their journey on how they started working in the nerdcore gaming music. Together with Broc and Dan, you will surely hear another zero to hero kind of story, get inspired on how these dudes overcome all the struggles they encounter and learned another way on how to become more awesome in your life.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with us: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

    Theme music ("Runaway") by Shadow of Whales: https://www.facebook.com/shadowofwhales

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    Corrosion

    " 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 put my finger on " - Dan Waldschmidt

    Let us all listen as Dan shares how he overcome some bad decision in his life. Dan describe these like a corroded battery but like a battery, we can all replace it so that we won't make the same mistake again.

    What is corroded inside you that you need to clean up?

    Share your thoughts about this episode by going to our Edgy Facebook page or join our new Edgy community.

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    [BYOA] Ashley Jankowski

    "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 money that will continually get in the way. " - Ashley Jankowski

    Ashley and her husband married at a very young and went through a tough time financially just understanding what it meant to be an adult into this society. Ashley will share her journey on how she struggled as she learned how to be financially fit. You will learn that to become financially fit, you need your finances to be in order.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with us: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

    Theme music ("Runaway") by Shadow of Whales: https://www.facebook.com/shadowofwhales

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    Empathy Healer

    " 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 shares how he is raised by very conservative parents. Dan shares about a point in his life where he spent a number of years in Mexico doing missionary works. He then began to notice how kind and generous those people doing this kind of work.

    Listen to this episode as you learn how you can heal other people's wound, how you can make other awesome.

    After you listen, visit our Edgy Facebook group and share if you've already understood how empathy feels inside you.

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    Relationships

    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 business with some powerful people.

    This episode will teach us how we can build this deep personal relation. It will help us to understand better on why it is important to build relationships with people around us.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your own awesome story.

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    [BYOA] JT Music

    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 figure out even at the next level where you are successful, where you're going. They will how on how they grow their Youtube channels and get at least 7 million subscribers.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with us: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

    Theme music ("Runaway") by Shadow of Whales: https://www.facebook.com/shadowofwhales

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    Coaching & Accountability

    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 remember a time where he wanted a rich uncle. Someone who can jump in and rescue, save you from all the drama and chaos, all the frustrating things that slow you down, stop you from having fun and achieving success.

    We all feel connected when we hear other people doing some awesome things. We feel like we are not alone when there are other examples of people out there doing and crushing it of being awesome.

    Have you already helped someone to become awesome? Share us your thoughts by visiting our Edgy Empire facebook group. Let us all help each other to become awesome.

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    Awesome In Every 1%

    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 seem to really be a big deal.

    A great quote from the book that Dan shares, "Do everything 1% better". Do everything 1% better and once all of these would add up, it will result in a massive progress over time.

    How do we level up? Maybe we are better than everybody around is, but the idea of leveling up says we are still gonna take it to that one next bit of brilliance.

    Listen to this episode l, get inspired, be better and then come and visit our Edgy Empire facebook group.

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    Reaching 212 Degrees

    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 will become awesome yourself.

    Sometimes, we are so focused on trying to please everybody else. We are so focused on trying to encourage everybody else. We are so focused that we think it's a good thing but we don't understand how much it becomes so negative for us.

    Share your thoughts with us by visiting our EDGY Empire of Awesomeness Facebook page.

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    The Gift Of Candor

    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 when they shouldn't be simply because of your frustration.

    Dan believes we can all be a better version of ourselves if we treat each and everyone with radical candor.

    How disrespectful are we if we don't treat people with the respect they deserve? If we don't give them the time they deserve?

    Come and visit the EDGY Empire of Awesomeness and share your own story where you unknowingly practice radical candor.

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    Awkward 6 Seconds

    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 the idea of giving praise and criticism as a way of showing that you care and that you want your people to level up. You gonna care so deeply that you're gonna change immediately.

    Do you think you are now a radically candid person? Share your thoughts with us by visiting our EDGY Empire of Awesomeness Facebook page. Share your journey in learning radical candor.

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    4 Stages of Candor

    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 more or even helps us to effectively practice radical candor.

    One of the big things that are required of the Radical Candor model is, before you give criticism you demand that other people give you criticism first. You show leadership by accepting that criticism.

    Come and visit the EDGY Empire of Awesomeness and share what you learned about this episode. We are so excited to read your comments.

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    Rajesh Setty

    "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 question is "Yes!", then you need to listen to this bonus episode. Majority of us get stuck in achieving our goals and doesn't know how to get unstuck.

    But is getting stuck just a bad thing?

    This episode will help us to understand when getting stuck is a good thing or when getting stuck is a bad thing.

    Got some feedback or insights about this episode? Come and visit the EDGY Empire of Awesomeness and share your thoughts about this episode.

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    Boiling Over & Shovel Work

    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 to spills, you will realize that in order for the goodness to comes out, you have to put the goodness in.

    You will only be able to deliver value to others when it bubbles out of you, when it bubbles over, when it boils over.

    If you are looking to be your best self. If you want to meet more awesome people, the come and visit our EDGY Empire of Awesomeness.

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    Criticizing The Win

    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 us.

    We all know how to criticize losses, we are all receptive to the idea of changing since we lose on something. However, Kim's book talks about the need to criticize the win as well as the looses.

    There is always a room for improvement for every wins. We all have our weak points and analyzing our wins for improvement can certainly help to improve those weak points.

    As you listen, try to ponder on these questions. What do I need to do to level up? How could I improve myself? How could I improve myself if I am in Dan's position? How can I practice radical candor?

    Also, don't forget to share your thoughts, your awesome ideas about this episode. Come and visit our EDGY Empire of Awesomeness.

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    Radical Candor... Huh?

    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 the answers to these questions.

    1. When was the last time you stop and cross-examine yourself on why you do what you do?
    2. How many times do you want to say something and you don't do it?
    3. How much better your life would be if you practice honesty and openness?

    Together with Dan, we will all discover this subject of "Candor".

    Come and visit the EDGY Empire of Awesomeness and share what you learned about this episode. Do you think you have learned the true meaning of candor? We can't wait to read your comments.

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    Why Aren't You Successful?

    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 this episode, you will realize that the idea of surprise and delight is not just about getting discounts or having a cool looking Instagram pics but it's how you live your life, small but significant way.

    When you are done listening to this episode, please come and visit the EDGY Empire of Awesomeness and share your experiences or struggles in life that hinders you in achieving your goal. We might able to help you.

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    The Art of Being Different

    "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 ever been before." - Francis Phillip Wernig

    It's always interesting on how to find that unique approach. We all want to achieve that certain goal but we are always afraid of trying something new, afraid of going out from the comfort zone to deliver that surprise and delight.

    As you listen, try to uncover some of these questions. How can we deliver that Surprise and Delight if we always look or smell or touch like everyone else? What are the risks of being different?

    After you listen to this episode, come and visit the EDGY Empire of Awesomeness and share the things that you do to become different. We can't wait to hear your stories!

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    When You're In the Valley

    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 can climb the mountain of success and why settling in the valley is not in our best interest. The valley, however, is necessary to achieve deep, personal growth.

    It’s the place you will question yourself and everything you have set out to do. Perfect for anyone that needs a fire lit underneath them or needs to remember that they need to keep fighting for their goal.

    After you listen to this podcast episode, please come and visit the Edgy Facebook group and share thoughts about this episode.

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    Driven By Passion

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

    Dan talks openly about how doing little things to surprise others can bring delight and this helps not only our client relations but most importantly, our personal relationships. “I hate surprises!” Do you? Or do you hate not being in control of a situation?

    Listen and find out!

    After you listen, come over to our Edgy Facebook group and share how you get inspired by this episode.

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    Behind The Scenes

    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 way you do, admire and appreciate your appetite for personal success. These people help to carry you as well as your vision and urge you forward.

    Dan uses this viewpoint to segue into next month’s topic on Bringing Surprise and Delight.

    It's never too late to enjoy our Bring Your Own Awesome episodes, come and visit our Edgy Facebook group to uncover your own awesomeness.

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    [BYOA] Jeremy Boyum

    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 growth, but a series of ups and downs. Be careful not to let laziness strike and every time you fall, you will get back up a stronger person if you keep at it. He reminds listeners to speak positivity into their lives and as anyone that is part of the EDGY Empire knows to “Do the hard things.”

    Are you ready to give yourself a 95% chance of hitting your goal? If you’re serious about taking your game to the next person, join the EDGY Nation before the doors close and leave you out in the cold: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Channell Holmgren

    Amazing interview with an amazing overcomer. Today Dan and Broc talk with Channéll Holmgram of Inspired by Purpose. Listen how trusting the process and taking that first big step has made a massive difference in Channéll’s life. Raw and real dialogue about not drowning out the encouraging voices with drugs and alcohol. Exhausting every resource. Being willing to be wrong more often than being right.

    Are you ready to give yourself a 95% chance of hitting your goal? If you’re serious about taking your game to the next person, join the EDGY Nation before the doors close and leave you out in the cold: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Michelle Sandau

    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 struggling to find our voices and we feel as though we are not being heard. She also discusses giving ourselves permission to speak up in a place where we feel we are not qualified to be.

    Are you ready to give yourself a 95% chance of hitting your goal? If you’re serious about taking your game to the next person, join the EDGY Nation before the doors close and leave you out in the cold: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Miles Austin

    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. Helping people get past the fear of technology can be a great first step in growing your business.

    Are you ready to give yourself a 95% chance of hitting your goal? If you’re serious about taking your game to the next person, join the EDGY Nation before the doors close and leave you out in the cold: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] David Hamman

    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 willing to learn. David hopes that others seeking business expertise will be inspired his own journey. Putting knowledge gained into action produces experience and boosting creativity through reading are two more topics covered in this amazing interview on this week’s episode of Bring Your Own Awesome.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Austin Hulsey

    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 a saturated market and people told him he should quit? He kept going. He strongly believes that success is a journey and not a finish line and he will reach that finish line with determination. The world does not owe us anything. We need to be open to whatever is going to propel our success.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Bryan Vashus

    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 having your personal finances under control.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Petra Davidson

    Dan and Broc have an incredibly insightful conversation with Petra Davidson of Get Spotted. She shares how her unique way of putting herself in the shoes of the consumer helps her be indispensable to her clients. Ask tons of questions because “you don’t know what you don’t know.” She also talks candidly about doubt existing and how we can translate that into action. They also discuss being kind to ourselves, how working for yourself can be lonely, and remaining focused when you’re in charge of your own time.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Jonathan Hairgrove

    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 doing so. Sometimes our struggle is not staying motivated or being the best in our field, sometimes the struggle is to have a balance between our “side hustle”, our day job, and our family. Set realistic goals. Jonathan also presents the idea of choosing one bill a month even though it may be small and determining to pay it with money from the business you are starting.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Annie Petersen

    Today, Annie, a writer from Texas, 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 receiving it. She cautions listeners to stay away from negative self-chatter and from talking ourselves down from our high goals.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Bethany Michaels

    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. Using Yelp to bring awareness to your business. Quite a unique interview as mid-discussion Broc suggests one thing that changes how Bethany sees everything.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Chris Rondeau

    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 self-serving. Chris’s relationship with God has taught him to pay it forward. They will talk about investing in others and getting out of their comfort zones and well as being willing to make changes that will fulfill you not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    [BYOA] Shaun Spencer

    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 special guest co-host Broc Edwards interview Shaun Spencer in this installment of “Bring Your Own Awesome”.

    Level up your life game by joining the group built to help you network, learn, and grow with the planet’s most committed tribe of superhumans: http://edgy.es/byoa-nation

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    Bad Times = Better Beliefs

    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 are what shape us and give us what we need to succeed when it matters most. None one likes to be uncomfortable. People who are accountable to others and make themselves uncomfortable, however, usually get better results than people who don’t challenge themselves.

    Bad times can drive us to succeed because they force us to reexamine our priorities and reevaluate decisions made and we can then improve. We are bound by the constraints of our perspective.

    After listening to the podcast, come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about how we can succeed during our bad times.

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    Crazy Beliefs?

    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 “What you believe, you can achieve.” Beliefs are powerful because they give us focus and they are fortified by the stories we have been told and the stories we in turn tell ourselves.

    Are you telling yourself you are an achiever? If so, you may find yourself accomplishing tasks you never thought possible.

    After you listen to this podcast episode, you can visit our Edgy Facebook and share your thoughts with us.

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    Believe What?

    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 do. In addition, the stories we tell ourselves can lead to certain behaviors and then reinforce our beliefs.

    If you don’t think you’ll ever be successful, you won’t live your life that way and probably won’t become successful. Listen as Dan encourages us to live believing that we can! That we ARE capable!

    Listen to how you can successfully accomplish your goals.

    And then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it.

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    Interview with Sara Hanner.

    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 interviews.

    Listen and get excited with us about the upcoming BYOA miniseries!

    After you listen to this episode, come to our Edgy Facebook group and share your own awesomeness story with us.

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    Interview with Hector LaMarque.

    Can seeking comfort hinder us from becoming successful?

    In this interview with Hector LaMarque of Primerica, Hector and Dan discuss how being prepared can make us more successful.

    Confidence comes from preparation and success comes from working hard and having a clear vision of what we want our final outcome to be. Hector also advises that having a clear vision will help us to be more focused.

    After you listen to this episode, come and visit our Edgy Facebook group then share your own awesomeness story.

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    That Accountability

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

    Don’t be guilty of only being partially accountable or accountable with the “easy” things.

    Dan talks about Tim Grover’s “Relentless” and the discomfort of true accountability in this week’s episode of The EDGY podcast.

    Listen to this podcast episode and join us in The EDGY Facebook group and share with us your story.

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    Your Own Awesome

    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 interviews! Join them at their roundtable for this candid podcast about what inspires them to do and be better.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your own awesome story.

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    Chicken Wings

    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 motivated.

    Dan encourages the listeners to motivate others even when we are not feeling motivated ourselves.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it.

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    The Learning Loop

    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 group as we continue this discussion about this month's theme - Momentum.

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    Newtonian Logic

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

    Dan “nerds out” while applying the formula for linear momentum (p=mv) to our daily lives.

    Let's talk about this episode in The EDGY Facebook group.

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    Starting That Snowball

    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 episode

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    Negative Momentum

    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 people is to not handle them at all.

    He also brings up a good point in that maybe we hang around negative people because they sound like the voices of doubt in our own heads.

    Enjoy this excellent, thought-provoking, encouraging episode as the talk continues this month on Momentum.

    Listen to this podcast and then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let me know how you feel about this episode.

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    Bad Habit Disaster

    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 wrong, but still, making the wrong decision can take us on a detour.

    Dan encourages us to keep in mind our end goal and make the right decisions so future momentum will be lightyears ahead of what we ever imagined.

    Let us talk more about this episode by joining our Edgy Facebook group, then share your thoughts with us.

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    The Tyson Disaster

    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 spiral out of control.

    Get ready for this tough love episode in which Dan continues the talk on this month’s topic of “Momentum” by examining part of Mike Tyson’s life.

    Let us talk more about this episode by joining our Edgy Facebook group, share your thoughts with us.

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    The Momentum Superpower

    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 keep forward momentum even when we fail, no matter how hard that may seem.

    In this episode, Dan talks about how negative thoughts will lead to negative momentum and how even doing one small thing a day to keep us moving forward is important.

    After listening to this episode, please do not forget to visit The Edgy Facebook group and share your thoughts with us.

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    [BONUS] When You Tri More.

    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. Desperately. Fiercely. Against all odds.

    She won when she should have lost. And lost when she wanted to win most. Which is a perfect illustration of what it takes to be a champion.

    Listen to this podcast, then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your thoughts with us.

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    Unwritten Value Lesson

    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 moving forward in our lives because of our history. Dan talks values vs. goals in this final episode on May’s topic of value.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group to share your learnings about values. We would love to hear your takeaways.

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    What You Value

    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 empty, but backed by actions and that acknowledging the value of those around us can have a “pay-it-forward” effect.

    In other words, what you value will determine how other people value you.

    Listen to this podcast on value. Then come over to The EDGY Facebook group to share your thoughts about it.

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    The Wrong Kind of Value

    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 your ego get in the way of being an encouragement.

    He’ll share his opinion on guilt and manipulation tactics versus cultivating and caring.

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    5-4-3-2-1 GO!

    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 then delivering it.

    After listening to the podcast, come over to The EDGY Facebook page and let's talk about when we succeeded and when we fell short in delivering value.

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    Hustling Value

    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 to get discouraged.

    Listen and come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your "AHA" moment and how you adjusted from your mistake to offer more value.

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    Next Is Now [Interview].

    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 to "the next."

    Lior also talks about why it's important to get inside the new competitor's head quarterly.

    Dan and Lior discuss charity and why giving to others of your money and time is important. They also touch on why operating from a place of uncertainty is good for you.

    Plus, some personal advice to think about...

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    Change Resilience [Interview].

    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 change and making life purposeful by using change.

    They also go over how to define yourself through impact vs. process.

    And finally, Lior explains why people resist change in the name of survival.

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    Best or Nothing [Interview].

    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 transformation program, changing culture, inspiring yourself to inspire your customers, and becoming number one in your business.

    By adopting a "Best or Nothing" attitude, Lior and Dan discuss changing culture and building confidence with the "3 P's".

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    Leveling Up

    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.

    So why aren't we? The things that we do on a daily basis either add value or remove value from our current capabilities. And that's how other people judge us. How they see us.

    Listen to my thoughts on why I think we aren't valuable to other people (and to ourselves).

    Then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about your thoughts on it.

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    Valuable Skills

    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 skills.

    To know the ins and outs. To have succeeded and failed. To have experience that you've gained from those failures and successes give you skills and talents that are unique to you.

    Using those capabilities are the ways to be valuable.

    After listening to the podcast, come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about what it is that you do better than anyone else and what you'd like to improve upon.

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    Susan's Value

    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 the ridicule she went through just to get recognition for her talent and ability.

    It's not what you do the day you get discovered.

    It's what you do in the years, weeks, days, and moments before your big breakthrough.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook page and let's talk about the skills and talents you are honing to make yourself valuable.

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    Stu's Valuable Lesson

    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 about Stu Hinky and how he continues to offer value day after day even when he's busy.

    Join me today in The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about what we are doing and what we could be doing.

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    Valuability

    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 talk about the ways you can be valuable to others.

    After listening, join me in The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about how we give value.

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    Uncomfortable Details

    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 in order to make money grow, you sometimes have to do things that make you uncomfortable.

    Building wealth of any type won't come until you are willing to be uncomfortable.

    What takes you out of your comfort zone?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it.

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

    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 smelled the scent of freshly cooked pasta and sauce wafting from the building. Inside, an artist was cooking up an experience: with handmade unstained porcelain bowls and carved wooden spoons, artist Emilie Gossiaux served 85 guests a meal they weren’t likely to forget.

    Not because of the delicious food or the bowls left unglazed for the sauce to leave their imprint.

    It was because Emilie Gossiaux was blind.

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

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    Spiritually Rich

    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 the ability to fundamentally change someone's life for the better with some skill that somebody else is willing to pay you for.

    Money can buy knowledge, support, ideas, time. For you and others.

    Listen to this podcast and then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let me know how you feel about the spiritual side of money.

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

    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 impossible: build a new Navy Pier that other smarter, more experienced engineers said couldn’t be done.

    Most would’ve balked at the request, citing other engineers’ experience or environmental conditions.

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    The Spiritual Side.

    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 deeply personal things that change the world- which makes them spiritual.

    Money doesn't have to be the root of all evil. It can be a vessel for good.

    Do you agree or disagree?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it.

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    A Rich Mindset.

    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 doing to make things work out, don't expect to see results right away.

    Today I argue that time and effort right all wrongs.

    Is it a belief or a mindset? Do you agree or disagree that your mindset can cripple you or enable you?

    After listening to the podcast, come over to our EDGY Facebook group and tell me what you think and if you want to ramp up your awesomeness and need help with your mindset, come to awesomepalooza.com and grab a ticket.

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    Stack The Scale.

    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 you do when you know you should do something (like saving or investing) but you aren't able to do it?

    Listen to how you can stack the scale in your favor when it comes to money.

    And then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it.

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    Quiet Enough

    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"?

    Are we too busy doing the things everyone tells us we should be doing instead of doing the work we know we should be doing?

    Let's talk about how to stop distracting ourselves and get down to what we need to be doing.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your distractions and how to slow down. And if you haven't checked out awesomepalooza.com, do that now too.

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    [Bonus] Success is Primal.

    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 insignificant box reads, “Grandfather’s beard, from the days of exile.” Inside that box lies the bushy, reddish-orange beard of a man whose life seems more fitting for Norse mythology than Danish fairy tales.

    In 1926, Peter Freuchen found himself weathering a -65°F blizzard imprisoned between a boulder and his dog sledge. It was a tomb of his own making--a space so small that his beard had frozen to the ice on his sledge.

    He had nowhere to turn. Literally.

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

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    Small Big Steps.

    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 going to magically solve themselves.

    There's only a couple ways to improve your finances.

    Today that's what we are talking about.

    Spending, saving, investing. All things you know how to do.

    But why don't we?

    Listen to this podcast and come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share how you are doing those things successfully and how your financial identity impacts your decisions.

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    Inspired Stories.

    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 need money to be successful.

    Money affects all of us. It's important to understand how money leads everyone to do what they do.

    Let's talk about your story and your battles with money or why you don't battle with money issues. You're not alone here.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your story with people just like yourself.

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    Peace of Mind.

    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 doesn't make you more in tune with where you want to go.

    You want peace of mind.

    So you do things to get that peace of mind whether it's homeowners insurance, life insurance, car insurance.

    Money is just that. Insurance.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about how money is a good thing and peace of mind.

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    Those Pesky Setbacks.

    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.

    This goes for all facets of your life. Including money.

    But you shouldn't take your money for granted. You should take every opportunity to be in control of it when you have that option.

    Listen to some of the changes you could make and come join us in The EDGY Facebook group and share with us what you are doing or what you are going to start doing.

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

    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 all started as a race. He had planned to race his sleek, 6.5m sloop, the Napoleon Solo, from England to Spain and then back across the Atlantic.

    But on his way to Spain, he was forced to drop out when the hull of his craft developed a small crack. Beaten but not broken, Steve decided to sail solo across the Atlantic anyways.

    But then he had to get back home. And that’s what he was doing right now.

    In a panic, Steve realized that he was in a much worse situation than a mere crack. Something enormous, perhaps a whale, had crashed into the side of his boat, tearing the hull wide open.

    It was February 4, 1982. Two days before Steve’s 30th birthday.

    Knowing he had to move quickly, Steve started packing his life raft. It was raw instinct.

    You may not be drowning in the middle of an ocean, but you might be drowning in stress/fear/overwhelm. Let's talk about it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Enough Money Business.

    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 are hindering your success.

    Money isn't the dream, it's the fuel to get you closer to it.

    Listen to my personal thoughts on how money could be as easy to get as that first drink of water in the morning.

    Then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it.

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    Pain In. Pain Out.

    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 having a not so great day.

    When you choose not to beat someone when they are already down, but instead, ask a few questions that may change their day, you change the dynamic of the relationship.

    How do you show grace to those around you? After listening to this podcast, come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your thoughts. I'd love to hear.

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    Lessons From Dubai.

    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 inspiration has no boundaries. Everybody wants it. Everybody is looking for it.

    How can you offer more inspiration in your life? How do you connect with your audience and make them feel special?

    Let's talk about it in The EDGY Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    State of Awesome.

    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 so much time working on our problem, that as soon as we get it figured out, there is another problem waiting around the bend.

    Listen to what your states of mind require in order to exist.

    If what you're doing isn't working, you have to do something else.

    You've got to change your state.

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's discuss what your state is >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Mapping Your Life.

    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 is directly correlated to the way you understand the world.

    How you view the world directly impacts what goes on inside your head (even if it's not going on).

    What happens when your map differs from the maps of everyone around you?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about our maps of existence >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Badwater Lessons.

    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 correlation with how you view the world.

    Improving your relationship to you is a key factor in improving your relationship with others.

    After listening to the podcast, come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share one of your hardest obstacles and how it has shaped your worldview and your perspective on relationships >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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

    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 thousands of times across the United Kingdom. Cut out the growth. Stitch up the wound. Today, of course, was to be no different.

    Except it was.

    As the surgeon cut around the edge of the tumor with a sharp scalpel to remove it, his hand slipped -- slicing through the nerves in his leg, causing catastrophic damage. He was left wheelchair bound. The agony from his damaged nerves caused him overwhelming waves of pain.

    The doctors told him he would never walk again. His psychiatrist told him to accept the worst.

    His young days of gymnastics were over.

    Thoughts? Let's talk: edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Be Your Own Help.

    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. Are you a giver in the relationship or are you a taker?

    Let's talk about what you are doing to grow and nurture yourself in relationships. Do you find yourself getting what you need from others? Or do you rely on yourself to be happy?

    You can have everything that you want if you are willing to go and get it. Your relationships aren't the reason you are unhappy right now.

    Join us as we talk about our roles in our relationships and our roles in our own happiness in The EDGY Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Medicine of Empathy.

    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 going through something negative, you want them to be empathetic and understand what you're going through.

    That's not always the case.

    Every interaction contributes to your mental baggage.

    Let's talk about how to disrupt the cycle of negativity in your life.

    How do you get rid of your mental baggage? How do you deal with things in your life when they aren't going right? Do you blow up on people? Do you take jabs and say awful things?

    Join me in The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Bit Healthier (Pt.2)

    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 apologize when you've done something wrong to your loved one?

    Do you trust people at the start of a relationship?

    Are you respectful to people?

    Let's finish our talk about how we can continue to create healthier relationships.

    Which characteristics from the list in this podcast are you a superhero at? Which ones do you need to work on?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's discuss it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Bit Healthier (Pt.1)

    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 keep them in the back of our head and think, "I know what I should be doing, but...."?

    Today we go over the refresher course of what we should be doing to keep our relationships healthy and engaging.

    What things from this list are you really good at? What could you work on?

    Join me in The EDGY Facebook group and share your successes with me >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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

    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 rich older brother William joked with friends, out tumbled one of those ideas: ice for everyone.

    Why not harvest the plentiful New England ice, currently only affordable to the rich and famous and sell it to the masses in the steamy Caribbean? It was clearly a joke. The ice would obviously melt along the way.

    But that joke of an idea became a burning question for Frederic.

    Why not bring ice to the masses?

    Join us and talk about your crazy ideas >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    People Who Push.

    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 the people that push you in every area of your life?

    Who challenges you to make time for what's important? Who pushes you and challenges you to do what's uncomfortable?

    Why do we only push each other in athletics or money?

    Join me in The EDGY Facebook group today as we talk about pushing each other in personal relationships as well >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Sharing Your Pain.

    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 thinking that we are the only ones going through something. We forget that everyone is going through something.

    Sometimes people feel the need to share their pain by forcing pain upon others. Listen to why that is not the right answer.

    And then join me in The EDGY Facebook group and share your thoughts on this idea of sharing pain >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Making a Better Bed

    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 know you can't get more out of something than you put into it? Do you know that you can't make change unless you are willing to change? Do you know you can't expect people to do things that you are not willing to do yourself?

    You choose the relationships you are in.

    What are you doing to damage or nurture those relationships?

    Join me in The EDGY Facebook group and let's take a closer look at the relationships that matter in our lives >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Relationships

    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.

    Today I go over a few tips to strengthen both of those relationships- Personal and Professional. And the importance of understanding everybody's role in each relationship.

    Do you have unrealistic ideologies about people's roles in your organization and your household? Have you taken the time to get to really get to know those important people in your life and your business?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let me know how you foster the relationships closest to you >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Endure

    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 consume before our limitations kick in?

    How do you break past your limits?

    Today I look at the methods in the book Endure. What are your personal limit breakers? What's the overwhelming thing that helps you break past your limits. Can you sum it up in one word?

    Join us in The EDGY Facebook group and share the one word you use to break through your limits. Is it the same as the one discussed here? edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] The Right Age to be Amazing.

    At 1, Christian Friedrich Heinecken, the legendary child prodigy had read the Pentateuch. At 2, speed skater Bonnie Blair began skating. She should go on to win five Olympic gold medals.

    At 3, Wolfgang Mozart, taught himself to play the harpsichord.

    At 4, Brazilian Formula One race-car driver Ayrton Senna da Silva began driving.

    At 5, Yo-Yo Ma, the world-famous cellist, began playing Bach's "Suites for Unaccompanied Cello" before bed each evening.

    At 6, Willie Hoppe, the greatest billiards player in history, began to play pool. He had to stand on a box to reach the table.

    At 7, English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill had mastered Greek.

    It's never too late (or too early) to be amazing. What's your story? Share it with us in the Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Dig A Lake

    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 day to be able to say we are committed.

    How about doing something every single day for the next 27 years? And what about doing it for the community and not just selfishly for yourself?

    That's the story I am telling you about today. A hero. A committed man.

    Listen and then join me over in The EDGY Facebook group and let me know what it is that you are truly committed to and what you would do every day for the next 27 years to better yourself or the world >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Recognitionless

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

    You may live your whole life without being recognized for your commitment. And it doesn't mean anything if it doesn't happen ever. Lots of people were not recognized for their successes until long after they were gone.

    As far as commitment goes, even I am not as committed as I thought I was.

    Sometimes we have these "aha" moments. Mine was when I realized I needed to be more committed.

    By talking commitment with you, I was forced to examine my own.

    I was forced to look at my level of commitment versus the level of commitment of some of the greats of our time.

    Are you performing at the same level as some of the greats? Or do you need to commit more?

    Examine your level of commitment and join us at The EDGY Facebook group and share your progress. >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Stop Sabotaging You (Pt.2)

    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 ideas? It's OK. It's easy to fall into that trap. How can we get past it and focus on our own ideas and successes?

    Resentment is a waste of your time.

    Working hard to impress others is a waste of your time.

    Are there any ways that you've sabotaged your commitment that weren't on our EDGY list? We'd love to hear about what you've done to sabotage your commitment, but more importantly, how did you get your mind back on track to the meat of the issue? Your commitment.

    Join us in The EDGY Facebook group and share your greatness. >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Stop Sabotaging You (Pt.1)

    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 ever-present and ever evolving. It always matters.

    Commitment isn't about doing more, it's about removing the things that are stopping you.

    Before saying "yes" to commitment, do you trust your gut instinct? Are you in control of your life and your mindset?

    What do you do to stick to your commitment? Are you quick to make commitments or do you kick it around and weigh the pros and cons of the commitment?

    Let me know your thoughts in the EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] We're Just Not Tough Enough.

    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 island in the South Pacific. Day after day they fought, losing men and gaining little headway. As the days dragged on, their supplies ran lower, and several of the men started getting sick. The debilitating symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting would have been bad enough if enemy snipers and cleverly booby-trapped minefields hadn’t been even more dangerous.

    How can you be tougher? Let's talk >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Gutcheck Yourself.

    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 everything and never finish anything?

    Today I talk about discipline, self sabotage, and the true measure of commitment.

    Commitment is the most honest indicator of your path to success and only when you are being honest with yourself about your level of commitment will you reach your goals.

    Let us know in The EDGY Facebook group what part of your commitment needs to be improved to get you to your greatness? Do you have a handle on it? Or are you struggling? Let's talk about it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    How To Stay Committed (Pt.2)

    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.

    As we plunge into the deep end of commitment, we will continue to talk about going the extra step.

    Because that is what commitment is. It is going the extra step. It is making the choice to do more. To be more.

    Join us in the EDGY Facebook group to follow this conversation about commitment >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    How To Stay Committed (Pt.1)

    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 your goal until you commit to knowing who you really are.

    Have you taken the time to sit back and figure it out? Did you have help on that path?

    That's the challenge I pose to you today. After you finish listening to the podcast, come over to The Facebook group and share with us if you truly know yourself or are you still working on it? Let's talk >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] Unlocking the Spartan Inside You.

    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.  They would not be denied.

    And yet a single man dared question that greatness.

    Let's talk about it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Angry About It.

    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 your life.

    There are a few truths about commitment. You can't make someone be committed. Nobody can force you to be committed. Your commitment is defined by you and you alone.

    Every decision you make and every commitment you make is completely in your control.

    What things have you committed to and gone back on? What commitments have you followed through to the end?

    Join us in The EDGY Facebook group as we discuss commitment for the whole month of February. And if you haven't gotten the February Calendar, grab it here >> calendarofawesomeness.com

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    Introduction to Commitment

    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.

    Commitment is something we aren't completely convinced we understand. Sometimes lack of commitment means lack of focus. Lack of time.

    But the most beautiful moments in life come from commitment.

    The real question is simple.

    Are you committed or are you not?

    When was the last time you saw someone who was completely committed?

    Join us in The EDGY Facebook group and share your stories of commitment. Did you succeed? Are you still committed? Let's talk. >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] Shift Your Identity with Jim Fortin

    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 this podcast, Jim and I talk about his Sales Psychology academy, the science of energy and physical reality (and how it bends to your subconscious), and even about physics and Cosmic Law.

    And then we get into some real talk about habits and how to dismiss the bad ones (which kind of blew my mind).

    So enjoy this full-length interview with my friend, Jim Fortin, and then come on over to the EDGY Facebook group and let me know your thoughts on what you heard >> edgy.es/fbgroup

    Change your mindset (and your life) here >> https://braintraining.jimfortin.com/

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    [Bonus] The Difference Love Makes.

    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 alcoholic.  His father, Michael Sr., spent more time in jail than as a free man.  That left Michael to fend for himself.

    Share your thoughts with us here >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Recap of Purpose.

    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- the myths, the ways to find it, how you know when you've found it-- and why it's important to be purposeful in everything you do.

    And as I've found out over time, sometimes you have to do a bunch of "stuff" and sometimes you just have to do nothing. You just have to be quiet.

    How did you enjoy our talks about purpose this month? Did you find them helpful?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your story about purpose >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] What's Worth Living For.

    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 specifically, his tongue.

    With his severely advanced stage of carcinoma, doctors told him that the only way to stay alive was to remove almost all of his tongue.  But that wasn't something that Grant was willing to accept.

    You see, all that Grant had ever dreamed about was being was a chef.

    Read more inspiration within our Facebook group) >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Everybody's Purpose.

    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.

    Today I talk about what in the world would we (the world) do without you, because only you can do your purpose.

    And there are things that we are all commissioned to do.

    If you missed the masterclass on purpose that I mentioned in this podcast, you can check it out here >> awesome.danwaldschmidt.com/purpose.

    Then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and let's talk about this idea of sharing purpose >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    The Jealousy Trap.

    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 "sore" spots for us and we have a tendency to be either secretly or overtly jealous of people who can do the things we want to be able to do. No matter what that thing is.

    I'm no different.

    I'm jealous of lots of different people for a lot of different reasons. I recently had an epiphany that when someone does something with ease that we wish we could do, being jealous can destroy the good things we could be having or could be doing.

    After you listen to this podcast, I'd love to hear your take on this topic. What do you do when you feel that ugly green monster creeping over your shoulder? Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share your thoughts >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Purposefully Now.

    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 kids, because I'm working so hard for our future," but I've learned, the future is a series of outcomes based on my actions right now.

    It's time to stop focusing on everything you have to do while you are in the moment. And start focusing on the moment you are in.

    What can you do purposefully right now?

    Come over to our Facebook group and share what you are focusing on in your "purposefully now" moments >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Abundantly Awesome.

    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 lifestyle versus a mindset.

    If we all had the mindset and believed that if you put good in, that you get good out or if you lived your life with the belief that everything would be just work out, would we do know then what we should be doing? Would we fear less?

    If we just believed in the good of the universe would it be easier to find purpose?

    How are you using abundance as a road map to success? How are you using abundance to figure out your purpose?

    Join us in The EDGY Facebook group as we continue this discussion and if you haven't gotten your FREE January Calendar yet, grab it there as well >> awesome.danwaldschmidt.com/january

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    [Bonus] The Story of a Broken Window.

    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 do what I do to relax – lace up the running shoes and go for a run.

    The town was in a valley surrounded by mountains, so I set out with GPS in hand and headed for a nearby peak, running up steep mountain trails. When I reached the top, it was about 7:30, and the sun was just beginning to set. A ball of orange fire at the edge of the horizon. So beautiful.

    As I sat alone watching a breathtaking sunset, my attitude began to mellow. How could I be stressed out seeing such a spectacular sight?

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

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    What Is Your Identity?

    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 a requirement. It's a choice.

    And so is identity. You choose who or what you identify yourself as. Once you've adopted your identity, things start changing.

    How has changing your identity changed your life?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share with us >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Purpose is Powerful.

    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 I wasn't purposeful.

    It wasn't that I didn't know my purpose. It was just that I was unaware of what I was doing when I was doing it.

    And you have options right now that you may be overlooking because you aren't as purposeful as you could be.

    Listen to this podcast on purpose. Then come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share how you can (and will) be more purposeful today >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] Why Success Needs to Hurt First.

    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 toenails.  He got lost at sea and spent 20 hours in a kayak.  During one exploration he fell into a deep gash in a glacier and just barely saved himself by holding onto the handles of his dog sled - pulling himself hand over hand back to the top.  At the end of this exploration, he was one of only 3 people who made it out alive.

    What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Facebook Group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Bend Reality to Your Will (with Jim Fortin).

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

    We also talk about using sense in your everyday life along with a couple short lessons in physics and cosmic law.

    Let's talk about it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

    Learn more about changing your life for the better here >> https://braintraining.jimfortin.com/

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    Breaking Through (Pt. 2).

    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 we have about ourselves can distort our truth and our purpose.

    What are you choosing to believe? And is it as simple as just changing your mind?

    What negatives are you dwelling on that are stopping you or talking you out of finding your purpose?

    Come over to The EDGY Facebook group and share >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Breaking Through (Pt. 1).

    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 way perspective and self-talk can change your life for the good and the bad.

    Distorted thinking affects a lot of people, including me.

    It's not the events around us that cause us to lose faith. It's our own thinking.

    How have you distorted your purpose by negative thinking?

    Join us on The EDGY Empire Facebook group and share it with us >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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

    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 Commonwealth Games in the 400 meter sprint and 4x400 meter relay.  In fact, he was the British Record holder.

    And as the gun sounded for the beginning of the race, he surged to the front of the pack.  For 150 meters, he ran at a blistering pace.   He was sure to set a new Olympic Record.  But then he pulled up with a limp.

    What would you have done? Share your results in the Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Purpose Equals Priorities.

    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 for everything that matters to me in my life. And as it turns out, it doesn't matter what you have on that list, if you want to do it, if you know you need to do it, you will just make time for it.

    Your purpose is not what you say it is. But really it is what you are prioritizing.

    What are you prioritizing? Let us know on The EDGY Empire Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Myths About Purpose #2

    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 yesterday about the myths that hold us back in achieving our purpose.

    When life is impossibly hard, you still have to fight for what you want.

    We hold on to myths about purpose even when holding on to them is holding us back.

    Let's break through those myths and dig deep into our purpose.

    What myths have you been holding on to? Let us know on The EDGY Empire Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Myths About Purpose

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

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    Productive Tech Toys.

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

    Here are some of my favorite productivity tools from social media to prospecting to graphics. I'm giving you a few of my favorites to make your life a little easier and to help you find what you need to be successful.

    Here are the tools I mention: www.boxbrownie.com www.seamless.ai www.eclincher.com www.brain.fm www.clarke.ai www.whipnote.com www.showbox.com www.cloze.com

    Let's talk about your favorites in the Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Your Inspired Story.

    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 edge of your seat. Followed by your call to action.

    How will you inspire others- even a thousand years from now?

    Let me know on the EDGY Empire Facebook Page >> get.edgy.es/fbgroup

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    That Reboot You Want.

    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 your life and the free uncut audio of the EDGY Conversations Book as tools to help you get unstuck.

    The people you see changing are living by a different set of rules.

    There are three key components to living differently and making a change in your own life. You may be surprised at what those are.

    Join me on the EDGY Empire Facebook page after the podcast and let me know one big thing you can do for yourself today >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Choosing Your Family.

    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 want to take your success to the next level but you don't have the people in your life to help you get there?

    When you don't have everything you need, who can you use to help you rise to the next level?

    Who can coach you? Who can push you even when it's uncomfortable?

    Take a moment and head on over to the Facebook group and tell us who is your biggest supporter? Where have you found family in an unlikely place?

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    The Easiest 1 Thing.

    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 something. That’s where our thinking is flawed.

    On today’s podcast, I give you my take on progress and achieving goals.

    Take a second to go over to our Facebook page and let me know what step can you take today and who can you use for inspiration. >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Just Communicate.

    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 happen.

    Sure, documents are great, but communicating with your team is the key to finding out what’s really going on.

    And over the years, I have found, as a consultant, that the biggest problem in companies is communication. Or lack of.

    And it’s the same for a lot of us. When we get stressed about money or business, we shut down. Instead of looking for someone to talk to and brainstorm with, we just close ourselves off to the world emotionally.

    How do you struggle with communicating at home or at the office? Go over to our EDGY Empire Facebook Page to share your story and read others. >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Get Started Now.

    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 potential. If you aren’t getting closer to where you want to be, your abundance of potential means nothing. And likewise, if you are lacking potential but have the drive to get further today than you were yesterday, you’re ahead of the game. You’ve tried. And that’s all that matters.

    Momentum is the key.

    The first step isn’t a magic trick, even though it feels magical. Perfection is not needed to take the first step. So why not start now?

    Join us at the EDGY Empire Facebook page and share what your first step is >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Rainy Day Inspiration.

    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 odds. People who just keep pushing. People who have an innate superpower to never give up. Do you find inspiration in those people?

    Do you keep a stockpile of inspiration when your life is lackluster and missing something?

    You should.

    You need a rainy day file.

    Bad things happen. You will be discouraged. What can you do to keep fit enough to weather the storm?

    Jump over to the EDGY Empire on Facebook and let us know what’s in your rainy day file.

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

    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 the odd job that he could hustle.

    That’s when he met her. Michael was on the street when he saw a woman having a seizure. She fell to the ground. Convulsing. Busy morning commuters barely stopped to move around her. Most not even looking at her as she lie there barely moaning.

    Michael sprang into action. He had no money. No home. Not even enough gas in his beat-up van to drive the women to the hospital. But he gave what he had. Himself.

    What can you give? Let's talk about it in the Facebook group >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Leadership Simplified.

    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 and perfectly flawed. Just like you.

    So when you sit around thinking that you don’t have what it takes to be a leader because your life is not perfect or because you are not perfect, you’re wrong.

    You DO have what it takes to be a leader.

    You are already a leader in your circles. People are looking to you and trying to figure out what your reaction is going to be.

    So how are you reacting?

    Are you reacting like a great leader? Or are you just reacting?

    Come over to the Facebook Group and share your imperfections (or your perfections) with the rest of us! >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    That Next Step.

    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 you?

    Most of us aren’t as successful as we could be because we don’t take the “quiet time” to figure out what’s next.

    And when the quiet time is over, sometimes you just have to go and do it.

    No overthinking.

    No doubting.

    Just doing.

    Go on over to the Facebook group and let us know what your next step is. What is the one thing you can do right now? >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Just Less Negative.

    Task Write show notes for episode 70‹EP 70 - Just Less Negative Angie WrightToday at 5:55pm 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 “thing” we identify with. Even if you wear many hats, you still have one main “thing” that you identify with. What’s yours?

    If it’s personal or business, everyone wants quick and tangible results. As time goes by, we are split into two groups. One who pushes toward radical change. And one who makes excuses why doing something radical won’t lead to change.

    What might happen if we were less negative?

    Let me know your thoughts on this in the EDGY Empire on Facebook >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Less Thank Perfect

    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 make a difference in someone’s life.

    It’s OK to admit you have flaws and that your day isn’t the best day ever. You can still be awesome even on your bad days.

    You’ve learned lessons the hard way. You made it through. Now, there is someone sitting where you’ve been. You can help them.

    Repeat after me: you don’t have to be perfect to be awesome.

    What are you struggling with? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] Making Time for Excellence.

    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 handful of  losses, ever.  He was a phenomenal exhibitionist -- a raging athlete in the ring.

    However, after coming home from the Olympics he was so frustrated by being kicked out of a "white only" diner that he threw his gold medal in the Ohio River.  He had beaten the best in the world and was unable to manage being unfairly treated by those around him.

    This ability to overcome, despite unfair odds was a skill he would later learn to become a champion.

    What do you think? Let's talk >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Thinking Thoughts.

    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. Whether that is good or bad.

    Don't fall into the trap of believing that because you thought something, it must be right. The truth is that your thoughts aren't real.

    They are the combination of memories and intentional beliefs that you have cultivated over the years.

    What are you thinking? Let's talk >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Better Questions.

    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 behind the explanation behind the answer.

    But to get there, first they have to ask the right questions. Because as Richard Bandler said, the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your questions.

    What questions are you asking? Let's talk >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Awesomepalooza.

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

    “What’s Next?”

    Well, AWESOMEPALOOZA is next.

    I’ve put together an epic one-day event in Greenville, SC on December 13th. Yes… a week & a hald from now. I would love to have you.

    I’m working on a VIP dinner the night before the event where we can sit down, chit chat, and you can let me know what topics to cover the following day. I’ve got 3 days of notes crammed into this AWESOMEPALOOZA folder, and I know I can’t possibly cover it all in one day, so those of you in attendance will be telling me what is most important to you.

    AWESOMEPALOOZA will be a YOU-led event.

    I will be giving you the tips and strategies, but YOU will be letting me know which topics are the most important to you and where we will spend the majority of our time.

    So join me on December 13 for this first time ever event- AWESOMEPALOOZA.

    If you’re already a part of The EDGY Empire of Awesomeness on Facebook, you get a 50% discount. If you aren’t a member of the group, go join before signing up for AWESOMEPALOOZA and you can still get the coupon code.

    (BTW, that 50% discount code is "edgypalooza17" )

    Reserve your seat >> http://edgy.es/jOjuFa

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    Be. Do. Have.

    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 just explaining that you tried and failed, you tell a story about how life treated you unfairly. That limits your ability to be successful in the future.

    Instead of just trying something different or reaching out for help, you revert back to your story. And it's a depressing, downward spiral. The more you fail, the better you get at telling the story of your failure. About explaining it away. About pretending like it was done to you. Against you.

    A better story means a better future. fewer limits. And more happiness.

    So what sort of story should you be telling yourself?

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

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    [Bonus] The Secret Attitude of Superstars.

    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 years, he would spend hours each day with a rod and reel practicing the perfect cast. Fishing was Clay's world. After school. On the weekend. Anytime he could get away, he was in the water trying to catch something.

    And his practice seemed to pay off. He could cast with pinpoint accuracy. He could do it all -- overhanded, sidearm, even flip-and-pitch. Those who knew Clay best would brag that he could cast a 1/4-ounce metal fishing lure into Styrofoam coffee cup from 50 feet away. His skills were impressive.

    Especially considering how Clay was born.

    Let's talk about it >> edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Clarity From Action.

    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.

    You're concerned by all the places you need to be and the progress you need to make.

    In truth, there is no amount of hustle or charm that can speed things up faster than they are going to move.

    If you're doing all you could do, the only thing left to adjust is your perspective.

    Your vantage point. The way you look at the situation.

    That's not a small thing to fix either.

    It means that you're willing to change.

    You're humble enough to admit there might be a better way you had not already considered.

    You're resilient and tenacious, but also curious. You're learning and growing each day.

    Not because life forces you to adapt due to the horrific consequences of your mistakes, but because you're going out of your way to evolve and expand and be a better version of you.

    So take a deep breath and think about what uncomfortable thing you need to do in order to get a better view of where you want to end up.

    What do you need clarity on? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    3 Lessons Learned.

    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 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 want to be.

    That's the secret to breakthrough. Continual improvement. An obsession with being a better version of yourself.

    Let's talk about what lessons you're learning >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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

    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 twisted metal and anything else that the raging water swept up in its path. Utter destruction.

    What caught Wayne’s attention was footage of a single shoe drifting slowing along the shoreline. It made him sick to his stomach.

    How does this story inspire you? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Invested in Renewal.

    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 Thanksgiving break to recharge your soul?

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

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    Empathetically Amazing.

    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 empathy.

    Instead of loving prospects and getting to understand them where they are, business leaders automatically assume that the person not buying from them is an idiot.

    By the way, that is the same reason why churches fail. And associations that do good work.

    What do you think? http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Chasing the Light.

    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 stomach was blowing up. I didn't feel like eating or drinking or anything else. I just wanted to run those last eight miles and be done with my first hundred mile race.

    I stepped off the trail to handle my business, and my running partner took the opportunity to take a little break himself.

    As I readjusted my gear, unpacking and repacking the necessary equipment, I noticed a set of headlights not too far away from me.

    I thought it was strange that a car was way out here in the middle of the northern mountains of Arkansas -- but it wasn't any of my business.

    Kind of strange. Oh well. I had a race to keep running.

    When I rejoined my running partner, he asked if I had seen the mountain lion or bobcat that was slinking around in the bushes next to me.

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

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    [Bonus] The Plan is Really Your Success.

    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 finished a miserable 7th and 17th place in each respective race.  He ran too fast at the beginning of the race and faded fast.

    Determined to make a difference, Lasse decided to move more than 4,000 miles away to Thompson Falls in Kenya to begin a brutal training regiment.  Under the 250 foot scenic waterfall at the base of the Ewaso Narok river, Lasse pushed his body  to the breaking point each day.  As the mist of the powerful waterfall crashed down around him, he planned to smash the world record for the 2-mile event at an event in Helsinki in the early summer of 1972.

    Did Lasse's story inspire you? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    The Basics.

    Success comes down to doing the basics really well.

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

    As much as you might want a fancier formula, it's the basics that end up working.

    So when you're feeling stuck, the answer isn't to pursue some new shortcut you heard about from someone who can magically make all of your problems go away and put you in the driver's seat of your destiny, it is to get back to the basics. To return to the simple, small building blocks of success.

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

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    It's Just Life.

    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 you probably need to get comfortable feeling your way around the dark. You need to get used to bumping into the edge of sharp objects and falling into open construction pits.

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

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    [Bonus] Beating Selfishness with a “Dying” Plan

    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 William and Blanche.   Fifteen-year-old Hazel was the oldest of the children and responsible enough to drive the horse and buggy to the one-room, country school two miles away.

    In the late morning of March 15, 1920, a blizzard began to move into the area.  Concerned for the safety of the students, the teacher quickly dismissed the students so that they could have enough time to make it home safely.  But Hazel's father was already on the way in a light sled pulled by the family's strong workhorse.

    How did this story move you? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Being a Hero.

    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 develop improvements in their own abilities, no matter how good they already are.

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

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    It's a Marathon.

    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 pacing.
    2. It's a lot better to run a marathon than a sprint
    3. Momentum happens in small doses

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

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    Real Productivity.

    "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 you're not feeling accomplished, start with Dan's 1/3/5 method:

    Accomplish either 1 "big" thing OR 3 "medium" things OR 5 "small" things. Write it out. Make your own list.

    Share it in the Facebook Group. Or just share your thoughts on productivity >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Just Try.

    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

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

    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 and threw himself into it with a passion.  He lost his first fight as an amateur.  His opponent, Duane Bobick, was a future superstar who would fight in the 1972 Olympics.

    After leaving the Marines and Vietnam, Weaver moved to California where he would train to the point of exhaustion.

    What do you think? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Your Purpose.

    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. There wasn't a celebration to commemorate the occasion.

    Most likely no one cared -- or stopped to notice.

    It wasn't anything worthy of a second thought. But that start -- that first stone -- became a monument we call one of the great wonders of the world. Millions of people around the world travel to see the work started by the placement of that first stone.

    That is the power of beginnings.

    Getting started is the hardest thing you'll do.

    Once you have momentum, progress is easy. Almost automatic.

    Let's talk about what you're doing >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Timely Rewards.

    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 made a stupid play...)

    Soon after, I let it go and moved on to focusing my attention on other more important matters. For a while, I was thinking about blasting the person on one of the popular support forums, but I could never come to grips with the lack of professionalism of airing dirty laundry. It wasn't that I was super moral - the whole thing just didn't feel right...

    Time is the great equalizer. Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    No Free Pass.

    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 out of ordinary grinders. It catapults the diligent ahead of the intellectual.

    It's the perfect get-rich-quick scheme.

    Without the quick part.

    Listen to Carl Brashear's story again: https://edgy.simplecast.fm/carlbrashear

    Read more: http://edgy.es/syRMIB

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

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    Happy Warrior.

    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 to reconnect with old friends. Laugh a little more. Take pictures of the moments that matter. Create an environment that makes you smile. Believe in magical possibilities. Sit still. Watch. Soak in the laughter. Say "Thank You" and "You're Welcome" a few more times each day. You can be happy even if it's not a holiday.

    You can be happy any time.

    It's just a decision for you to make. And some planning.

    That's all. A situation that you create.

    So be happy. Today. Tomorrow.

    Every day.

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

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

    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 Championships.  Along the way she had picked up international medals in China, the Grand Prix, and Russia -- competing in 39 different competitions.  She practiced until she turned her 17th place showing at the World Championships into 2nd place just five years later-- officially becoming the vice-World Champion.  And now the Olympics.

    The stage was set.  Expectations ran high.  Her practices were flawless.

    Two days before she was scheduled to perform, just as she was waking up to begin her final practice, she was startled by a surprise visit from her father, Norman.

    What do you think? Let's talk about it >> http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Not Too Stubborn.

    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 asking for help. You need to stop pretending you have it all figured it out and start purposefully asking other people to help you figure it out together.

    Talk about it here: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

    Read more >> http://edgy.es/WlItka

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    Warrior Living.

    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 you decided to fight like a warrior?

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

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    Quiet Progress.

    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 willfully put yourself in that position.

    But it's also the only way that you grow.

    “Progress doesn't happen automatically. ”

    You don't earn success because you hang around for enough time. You don't build momentum because you want it really bad.

    To be successful you have to do hard things.

    Let's talk about the progress you're making: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    No Regrets.

    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 taking. Go. Get it. Strive mightily towards it. Run with every ounce of energy you have.

    That's how you escape your past. You create a better future.

    Tell us how you're changing: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Along the Way.

    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 be right now doesn't mean that's how they'll continue to be.

    That's the reality of not yet.

    Good things eventually happen to people doing good things. Bad things happen to people who do bad things.

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

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    Belief Is a Muscle.

    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 what is really a belief versus a convenient perspective.

    It's not always convenient to believe.

    Isn't it interesting how your beliefs change when your feelings get hurt?

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

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    Empathize a Tad.

    Are you kind enough?

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

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    Leveling Up.

    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 than you who will push you forward.

    Who are you surrounded by? Who’s making you a better version of yourself?

    Join a group of other high performers: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    [Bonus] Success Takes Extreme Behavior.

    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 draft. And the college he had played at, Mississippi Valley State University, wasn't a top-tier school.

    Share your thoughts: http://edgy.es/fbgroup

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    Focused Feelings.

    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

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    Fear Less.

    "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 want is so big that you don't know how to pull it off --or if you can even pull it off to begin with.

    Share what you're afraid of: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    Change Thyself.

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

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

    You know everything you need to know in order to get to where you want to be.

    You may not know all the steps.

    You may not be aware of all of the options available to you. You might even need some help along the way.

    But you know what you need to do. There is no secret to that.

    The same timeless principles that have worked for every generation since the beginning of time still apply to you: hard work works.

    Join the community: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    Word Wise.

    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 stage and rip off glowing rhetoric about potential and motivation and opportunity. But take a moment to analyze the accidental words you use in "everyday" speak.

    Join the community: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    [Bonus] Making Excuses is a Choice

    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 to recreation or sports facilities.

    And that's probably why Carl worked so hard to become a star athlete. Or maybe not.

    Join the conversation: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    Wanting to Change.

    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: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    Get up. Get out.

    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

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    Want It More.

    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.

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    Greatness Expected.

    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 :-) Join the community: [facebook.com/groups/edgyempire][1]

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    [Bonus] Effort Is the Great Equalizer.

    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. As he made it to the top of the landing, he staggered to a wooden bench to sit down. His legs were no longer strong enough to hold him beneath the weight of a 200-pound brass diving suit. No one had survived this long. No one yet.

    Join the community: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    What's Next.

    Dan dives into what's next in The EDGY Empire...and why that scares him. Join the community: facebook.com/groups/edgyempire

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    Community.

    Who do you want to be around?

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    Finding Purpose.

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

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    Take The Next Step.

    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.

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    All Things Awesome.

    Experience is measured first in quantity and then in quality. Experience is first gained through the raw execution of your passion and energy. You putting in the time to execute the ideas and bold vision that you have for yourself.

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    Be the Expert.

    Buyers don’t need more questions. They need more answers. Consultative selling is ridiculously outdated.

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    How to Believe.

    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 demand that you believe in what you’re doing.

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    Stop Avoiding.

    To Doug,

    Stop avoiding your problems (I do it too).

    Go be awesome, Dan

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

    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 the high jump team his first year — the sport he had spent so much time training for.

    But there he was in 1968 about to jump for Olympic gold...

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    Earned Not Owed.

    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.

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    Get Ready.

    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.

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    How to Change.

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

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    Want Power.

    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.

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    Treated Unfairly.

    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.

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    Finding Focus.

    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 time obsessing about.

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    Working Tired.

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

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    Extreme Behavior.

    What if no meeting lasted longer than 15 minutes? How much more awesome would you be?

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    Do What Matters.

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

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    [Bonus] The One Who Got Back Up.

    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 underdog. A dead man walking.

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    Get Fit.

    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.

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    Just Ask for Help.

    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.

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    Avoiding Negativity.

    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 cost of their own life & happiness.

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    Ready to Learn.

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

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    Get Some Intensity.

    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 personal addictions.

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    Power of Apology.

    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.

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    Get Out of Your Funk.

    It is not an accident if you’re constantly nervous & frustrated. And it’s not a coincidence if you wake up tired but inspired. Motivation is a pretty simple formula.

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    Successful Friends.

    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.

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    Failure Isn't Final.

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

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    Learn and Improve.

    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.

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    The Details Matter.

    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.

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    Perception of Effort.

    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.

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    Your Drug of Choice.

    It doesn’t need to be true. You just need to believe it. That’s when everything changes. Because belief is a drug.

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