EDGY Conversations – Dan Waldschmidt

My notes from an awesome book EDGY Conversations by Dan Waldschmidt, which I rated 5/5 on my Shelfari account:

Success is not about what you do, it's about what you are.

Who and what do you want to be, and why?

Van Gogh sold only one picture during his lifetime.

You have to look within yourself and challenge the demons that hold you back from being successful.

You'll never rise to be a champion if you can't pass the fear and the failure and the excuses holding you back.

You have to believe that you can be amazing regardless of where or who you are right now.

Carl Sugarfoot Joseph

Simply getting up one hour earlier a day for 50 years equates to an extra 2281 business days, or 6.25 years of conquest.

You win more when you fight more.

Success is an attitude: don't be afraid to be extreme, be disciplined, be giving, understand the why human factor.

Are you willing to commit to extreme behavior? When you decide that it's going to be hard. When you know that you have to outwork, outthink, outplay, outmuscle everything you do from this day forward extreme behavior actually becomes a great way to focus what you do.

Small jump forward is actually a big leap backwards.

You want harmony, not balance.

People really want to believe effort is a myth. I think we've been tricked by the few lucky people on the top of the heap. We see the folks who managed to get by and it's easy to forget that these guys are the exceptions. For everyone else effort is directly related to success. You don't get to choose luck, effort on the other hand is available there all the time.

Jerry Rice

Only limits that exist are the ones in your head.

With discipline and effort you can do just about anything.

The average age of a successful interpreter is mid 40s.

Effort is more than 'if you pay me more, I'll work harder', it's about not cheating yourself out of your potential.

Cliff Young

Passion is the antidote to the setbacks you will surely face on the way to success. It's that often illogical passion and emotion that allows you to keep going long after it makes sense. When you put enough of yourself into something you will do whatever it takes to come out as a winner.

Anyone can conquer when the odds are in their favor. The challenge is to do what it's hard and the noble and the right when you are sick and tired and tired and sick.

It takes discipline to keep moving forward.

It's not only what you're willing to do what will make you successful, it's also what you're willing to do without, until you get there.

You may spend a decade of sleepless nights until you make it to the finish line – and you need to plan for that.

Plan to work harder than you ever imagined possible. And then, double that effort!

Your plan should be bigger than simply "not losing".

Have a giving mindset.

Success and living in balance life should not be in the same sentence.

Give expecting nothing in return, and you will change people's lives.

Marianne Williamson: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Derek Redmond

Brain handling new information: If it's boring or expected, brain ignores it. If it's too complex, the brain dramatically summarizes it. If it's threatening it prepares for "fight or flight" scenario.

What do you think about most is what you become. You are today who you thought you would be. You will be in the future who you think you want to be today.

Everything in life starts with your thinking. If you let fear drive your thoughts, you'll never do the things that lead to success. You're actually a lot stronger than the fear in your mind lets you think you are.

If you want to dominate, control your thoughts.

Successes is what you decide it is, not what other people tell you it should be. You decide what is right for you.

You,  believe in you...

Written by Nikola Brežnjak