Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

July 19, 2014

“Everything EDGY” — July 19th

Every week we find edgyness all around us — ordinary people (or companies) achieving outrageous success. We write about it. Speak about it. And travel the globe advising leaders how to leverage the ideas around it to drive results.

Instead of just writing articles with ideas about what ways for you to be a superstar, I thought it might be a good idea to share examples of edgy — Great tools, neat technology, awesome processes, ideas and images that inspire us.

That’s what I’ll be sharing here each Saturday morning — a few edgy ideas worth checking out.


Mitchell sent me this edgy quote from Will Smith: “The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things–you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.

Love that attitude.


I  try to answer a few questions on Clarity.fm each week to the brave souls looking for help.  Here is one of those:

QUESTION:  As an accounting graduate with no money and no connections, how do I start my own consulting firm? And how do I get clients?

ANSWER:  If you want to get clients then you hustle — every waking moment. You try an angle and fail and then try a different angle. You can’t outsmart your way to bigger results. 2 plus 2 does not equal 4 — it equals you going bankrupt.

If you want to be successful then you need to exert massive amounts of effort to get off the ground. So get your ass out there and start asking everyone you meet:”What is that one big accounting question that’s been bothering you for some time now? If I can’t help you i’ll buy you a cup of coffee”

Then just go be a badass…


  • Canopy — Amazon meets Pinterest.  Canopy takes the largest (and most boring) shopping site on the planet and makes it hip and trendy and edgy enough to keep your attention all day.
  • Ghost — WordPress just got a serious badass competitor.  If you have something awesome to say and want a cool platform for sharing, then Ghost might be your bad-of-tricks.
  • Feedly — Read everything, anywhere. Feedly makes it easy to stay up-to-date on anything you want to know. Find, filter, and save all the latest insights from your favorite writers.
  • Credit Karma — Never get surprised by the wackiness of your personal finances. Credit Karma connects all your financial accounts and monitors your credit score — for FREE.

That’s everything that’s edgy in our universe for today.

See you next week for more.

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.