Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

October 2, 2017


Everybody has their bookshelf favorites, and we here at EDGY are no different.

If you don’t have a list of “go to” books that you run towards when life is giving you lemons and you’ve forgotten that refreshing drink recipe, here are a few you can borrow from our shelves.

Here are almost a dozen of our favorite books to help you take your game up a few levels when it comes to money, fitness, mindset, and discipline:  

1. Get Your Mind Right

Mindset: The Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck [AMAZON LINK]

What do you want to be successful in? Business? Sports? Relationships? Read this book and you will be a master of all….with practice of course. Success is a mindset. Your mindset is the only thing holding you back or pushing you forward. Carol focuses on helping you to get out of our own way and grow. Change your mindset. Change your life.

2. Get Your Money Right

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz [AMAZON LINK]

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to have the nerve to do that little something extra? Read up on Jacob Fugger. He had the audacity to send Charles V a collections notice, insisting he pay his debt…with interest….in 1523. If this story of how one man funded the exploration of the world while successfully becoming the richest man on the planet doesn’t inspire you to get off the couch and do something, nothing will.

3. Be Tough and Resilient

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand [AMAZON LINK]

Have you ever felt like you were at your wit’s end and you just didn’t know how you could make it another day? Laura Hillenbrand takes you into the real-life story of Louis Zamperini, who went from juvenile delinquent to Olympic runner to World War II airman who miraculously survived crashing into the Pacific ocean (and being a POW). This story of endurance, perseverance, and persistence is sure to make you wake up tomorrow with a can-do attitude.

4. Be Disciplined About Success

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield [AMAZON LINK]

Do you think it’s hard making a workout plan (or any plan) and sticking to it? Try being a Spartan soldier. One of 300. Xeones went through a rigorous military training program, fought four million soldiers, and was the last Spartan standing. Although this is historical fiction, it’s a fast-moving novel that will leave you in awe of Xeones discipline and leave you thinking, “I’ve got to do better.”

5. Do the Write Thing

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott [AMAZON LINK]

Do you need an outlet? A way to express yourself? Maybe you don’t want to be the next Langston Hughes. Maybe you do. Write. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times, journaling is one of the keys to success. It can help you process your feelings, work out your problems, and formulate a plan and this book will encourage you and give helpful tips to do just that. In the famous words of Anne Lamott herself, “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”

6. Live Life More Courageously

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho [AMAZON LINK]

Have you ever wished you could live fearlessly? Osho tells us that fear is good. We don’t need to live fearlessly. We need to live courageously. Courage is the key to living a successful life. And success is what we are all seeking… no matter what area of our life we are looking at. Learn to stand up for yourself, even when you are going against the grain. This short philosophical read is also full of short words of wisdom you can save for future reference.

7. Find Your Purpose And Passion

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen [AMAZON LINK]

How will you measure your life? How will you find happiness in your career? This is not a typical “how to” book. It’s more of a theoretical workbook. It will help you to take a closer look at your life and evaluate (or re-evaluate). Questions. Strategies. Planning. Integrity. Clayton Christensen takes the guesswork out of success and gives you a concise recipe for finding your measurements. So grab a pen and take notes.

8. Get Unstuck And Jumpstart Your Progress

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani [AMAZON LINK]

Are you just going through the motions of everyday life? Who made the rules you are living by? Vishen Lakhiani gives you ten new ways to think. Break away from the path most traveled and pave your own way. Limiting beliefs are real. This book will teach you how to be limitless. It’s not just words. It’s raw, hard-hitting, in-your-face wisdom about all the bad habits and silly beliefs that have been stopping you from making progress in your life.

9. Find Your Certainty

52 Cups of Coffee by Megan Gebhardt [AMAZON LINK]

Where are you getting your life advice from? Have you forgotten what real conversations are like? Megan Gebhardt takes you through a year of coffee and conversations with influential and inspiring people, gaining advice, insight, adversity and more. She travels the globe sipping with strangers and asking life’s questions, big and small. If you want to be inspired to make a few new friends in high places, this is the book for you.

10. Be F#$%cking Obsessive About Success

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover [AMAZON LINK]

Who is showing you how to be great? Take a few lessons from Tim Grover. Maybe you are pretty amazing right now. So was Kobe Bryant before Grover got his hands on him. And look at what he went on to accomplish. He was truly unstoppable. Find the secrets to thriving under pressure and getting going when the going gets tough. Don’t think. Just do. And do check out this book.

11. Achieve New Awesomeness

EDGY Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success by, well, me…Dan Waldschmidt (What? You thought we’d leave that out?) [AMAZON LINK]

What makes you extraordinary? What makes you awesome? Everybody has had one of those defining moments in their life, where they think, “What am I doing?” “How did I get here?” and “What do I do now?”I spent 4 years studying over 1,000 high performers in business, math, sports, science, and politics — and stuffed as many stories into the book as possible. Read some of my own most personal moments and what I did to champion “awesome.” And then maybe try those things too. 

Successful people never stop looking for answers.

You can find most of those answers in great books.

So take a moment and think about what matters most to you. What are you looking to achieve? What has been holding you back from making progress?

Read. Lead. Grow. Improve. Level up your life.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.