11 Chrome Extensions For the Inspired High Performer

Whether you are a one-person show and do all of your business work alone, or you have a whole team to help you complete your daily tasks, there is always technological help that you can use to make your day more productive.

And since you probably spend most of your day using a web browser — handling email, reviewing projects, or working on deals — one of the best ways to be more efficient in your work is by using Google Chrome extensions.

We, here at The EDGY Empire, like to stay — not only ahead of the game — but on top of the game. We also believe in the old adage, “Work Harder Smarter.” 

Here are the top 11 Google Chrome extensions that I use regularly to make my days more productive — as I use my time more efficiently.

For the record, these are not paid endorsements, these are just some of the things that we are happy we don’t have to live without. 

1. Loom

Don’t just give instructions. Show them exactly what you need. Video screencasts are a great way to offer value to your customers or prospective clients or employees. Pulling your hair out because the tools you are using require a rocket scientist, is not a very attractive feature to exhibit (especially on video).

Loom takes the guesswork (and the hair pulling) out of any and all screencast tasks. It’s user-friendly and compatible across all mediums. And when you download the extension, it is right at your fingertips. So you can stop stressing and get back to making awesome progress. 

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2. LastPass

LastPass is the definite go-to for password management. Once you download the extension onto your browser and get it set up, that little magic button remembers and fills in your passwords, credit cards, and hard-to-remember personal information.

You will never again have a headache trying to remember if it was a capital A… or lowercase…. with an exclamation point…. or a question mark. Another great feature is that it works across all your different platforms (if you aren’t using Chrome) and syncs directly to your mobile device. You can try out the free version, which has some awesome benefits, or the paid version that is worth every penny. 

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3. RescueTime

What if I told you that 10 hours of your work week was spent on the internet being every bit of zero productive? You’d probably think I was crazy, or you’d admit it and be ashamed deep down.

RescueTime lets you accurately assess how much time you (and your employees) are spending on each and every site and browser throughout the day. It tracks the “active” windows and stops tracking when you leave the window or stop being active. Then it sends you a report letting you know where and how much of your time is being spent. 

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4. Full Page Screen Capture 

You never know when you are going to need a screenshot of an entire webpage to share with your team (or a coworker who just doesn’t get technology).  This extension allows you to do just that. It’s the only screen capturer that fully works on Chrome on Mac OSX. It was specifically designed for that purpose.

After you screen capture,  you can just right click and save, or drag and drop to your desktop. No permissions. No headache. Just capture, save (and edit if necessary), and share. 

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5. Grammarly

This Grammarly extension is a complete lifesaver, especially if you are blogging for your business or writing daily email communications. As you work, your spelling and grammar errors are underlined and you can click and make corrections immediately.

Google Docs is not currently supported by Grammarly, but you can save and upload your document into the actual Grammarly online platform — regardless of what browser or file you are trying to create. It is worth every second and penny spent. You will not only look like a wise business professional, you will look like an English professor.  

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6. Wikiwand 

Goodbye jumbled information on Wikipedia. This Wikiwand tool is sure to be a hit to anyone who spends any substantial amount of time doing research using Wikipedia. The outline tab is well organized and user-friendly. The pictures are sharp. The webpage itself is simple, sleek and easy on the eyes.  

Wikiwand is basically like taking your dog to the groomer after he played in the mud with a skunk— and picking him up two hours later when he’s looking good and smelling fresh— Hello, Gorgeous. Goodbye frustration on Wikipedia. Wikiwand is a definite win for Team EDGY.  

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7. Wikibuy

If you value your time like I do, you probably don’t like to spend half your day walking around the local bargain mart looking for gifts or prizes to give away at your next networking function. So what’s your go-to? Online shopping is my guess.

Wikibuy stockpiles all the latest coupons and deals at places like Amazon and Neiman Marcus and automatically applies them at the checkout — like internet magic.  You do have to set it up when you first install it, but I promise you won’t even miss those 12 seconds. 

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8. Lusha 

If you are in HR or looking to get connected with a prospective client, Lusha is definitely an extension worth having. This extension works in LinkedIn, where pretty much everybody on Earth is now. Forget about first connections, your prospect doesn’t even have to even be a connection.

If there is reliable information to be found, Lusha will find it and provide you with a working email address or mobile phone number. The extension is very user-friendly and has a 98% user satisfaction rate. Lusha is amazing for helping to create effective and personalized marketing campaigns, which, as you know,  leads to success and more revenue for your business. 

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9. Asana

If productivity and task tracking is your goal, Asana might be just the program you are looking for. Once you get your team set up and get a feel for the Asana program, add the Asana extension to your Google Chrome. You will be completely satisfied with how quickly you can add tasks, assign them to a team member, and share links directly from your browser.

This is a major time saver when getting projects out of your head and into writing. You can also track all of your work and easily communicate with team members. And if you’re into upgrading awesome, check out Instagantt — which turns Asana into a full Gantt chart of awesomeness.

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10. Avast

You can’t forget to be cautious when so much of your time is spent online.  The Avast Online Security extension takes a peek at all the sites you are visiting and lets you know if they can be trusted or not. It’s kind of like your own online private investigator, by blocking websites from storing cookies and collecting information.

Avast will let you know when you’ve stumbled upon a site that is known for phishing so you can steer clear and keep your business and personal information safe. It’s not 100% of what you need to be doing to stay safe, but it sure is a great start.

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11. The EDGY Tab

Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t be very EDGY if I didn’t add The EDGY Tab to the list of must-have extensions. I created this tab to give you a little boost of awesomeness every day because you won’t always have someone standing behind your desk patting you on the back and giving you a little boost of encouragement.

The EDGY Tab is that metaphorical cheerleader. Every time you open up a new tab in your browser, you will be greeted with a positive motivational saying. And on a bad day, you can just keep opening up tabs, because every tab is a new tidbit of awesome! 

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“SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE USE SMART TOOLS TO HELP THEM BE MORE SUCCESSFUL.”

These few tools that we love should be a great start for you to explore how you work best and how you can use technology in your browser to let your brilliance shine bright.

Check these out. See which ones work best for you. Suggest a few that I might have missed.

What are the tools you use to help you perform at a high level?

What You Put Into You.

What you put into yourself is what you get out. Happiness in. Happiness out. Anger in. Anger out. You’re going to have bad days where you do things you’re not proud of. But as a rule, your output is directly related to your input.

If you are like most people, you will spend a significant amount of time thinking – sometimes even obsessing – about how to get better results, without ever giving much thought to the quality of content that is fueling those results.

Your thoughts lead to feelings.

Those feelings drive your actions. Your actions dictate your results. And ultimately your lifestyle.

Your thoughts don’t occur magically. Or automatically. They are the result of thousands of things that you have fed into the giant computer processing the world around you–your brain.

  • Angry, caustic political news shows make you bitter and jaded.
  • Reality television shows give you a warped sense of reality.
  • Negative people make you more fearful than you need to be.

Looking honestly at your own life, you can see a direct link between the sources of information you put into your mind and your perspective on the world around you.

You are what you think about.

And because there is a clear cause and effect, you can adapt and adjust to get to where you want to be.

If you don’t like where you are right now, you can change the inputs.

Hack your operating system.

You can swap your soul-crushing morning news shows for a YouTube video of TD Jakes preaching a message of inspiration. You can trade your nightly television entertainment for an online video series about new ideas for taking your business to the next level.

Being happy is a skill. It’s earned. Not something that’s owed to you.

Living An Unbeatable Life.

Born in the heart of Switzerland surrounded by the Swiss Alps, Dick Williams knew what it meant to live the “good life”. He never had to worry about how he’d pay for his education: his parents paid for a private tutor at a Swiss boarding school, teaching him to speak fluent French & German.

He never had to worry about “getting his name out there”. He was born to Charles Duane Williams, a founding member of the International Tennis Federation — and direct descendent of Benjamin Franklin. His dad was massively successful, and he wanted his son to be the same way.

At 12, his parents stuck a tennis racket in his hand and started teaching him to play the sport his dad loved so much.

And he started to love it too.

With the help of some of the best teachers money could by, he became one of the best in the game—at 20—winning the 1911 Swiss Championship.

It was no surprise, given their wealth and prestige, that this father/son duo decided to cruise in first class on the maiden voyage of the most opulent ocean liner to date, owned and operated by the White Star Line.

They lived on the luxurious C Deck with the majority of the other First Class passengers, enjoying incredible amenities: a smoking room, reading and writing rooms, and an exclusive cafe.

It was a voyage they were going to remember for a lifetime.

But not for the reasons they expected.

“Iceberg!” The lookout cried out the warning in the late night hours of April 14th.

If they smashed into the iceberg, it would be disastrous. The ocean liner, known around the world as “unsinkable,” could sink. The ship’s captain, recognizing the danger, swerved the massive ship to the left, narrowing avoiding the iceberg. Or so he thought.

The ship’s clock read 11:40 pm.

SCREEEEEEECH.

The iceberg was larger than they thought underneath the surface, ripping a gash in the starboard plates of the RMS Titanic.

Water flooded into the special compartments built to contain flooding in the event of a disaster. But the engineers never anticipated a gash running nearly half the length of the ship.

Those compartments were quickly overwhelmed and water spilled over into the engine room, leaving the ship dead in the water.

And if they didn’t escape, the passengers would be dead too.

The crew, knowing the worst was imminent, desperately lowered life boats into the water. Who cared if they were only half-full? They needed to save as many as possible.

Meanwhile, Dick & his father raced out of their cabins to see what had caused the noise.

“HELP!” Dick heard the frantic screams of a nearby passenger, who was stuck behind their door.

So he jiggled the doorknob.

Nothing.

It wouldn’t budge.

Taking a few steps back, he threw all of his weight into his shoulder—and through the door.

A steward, seeing the damage he caused, threatened to report him to the ship’s owners. But that would be the least of all three of their problems.

He and his dad ran up to Deck A, where they huddled in fear with other passengers in the gymnasium, clueless. They were trapped in the middle of the ocean. In the middle of nowhere. Nobody could save them.

So they decided to save others. Racing out of Deck A, they helped load women & children into lifeboats.

Passenger after passenger, lifeboat after lifeboat, they saved others when they could’ve saved themselves.

The ice-cold water was no respecter of persons.

It snatched the life out of anyone who couldn’t escape it, regardless of their political status, socioeconomic status, or prior success.

With the last boat lowered, trapping themselves, they headed up to the captain’s bridge to get as far away as possible from the water.

CRACK.

At 2:20 am, the steel could no longer withstand the stress caused by the water flooding the ship. The Titanic broke apart.

CRACK.

Floating nearly upright in the frigid North Atlantic waters, one of the four smoke stacks broke and tumbled directly towards Charles and his son, two of the wealthiest passengers on the Titanic.

Dick jumped out of the way—and right into the nearly frozen, pitch-black waters.

He looked around, desperate to find his dad in the waters next to him.His dad hadn’t been so lucky. Instead, he saw a lifeboat.

He pulled himself in, not caring that it hadn’t been fully assembled. He just wanted to survive. He sat huddled with other passengers—rich, poor, and everywhere in between, in the frozen darkness.

The only lights came from the ship, the stars, and the distress flares still being fired from the Titanic, as the crew desperately tried to hail a nearby ship.

The minutes continued to tick by.

At some point, he lost feeling in his legs, the same legs that carried him to the Swiss Championship and the same legs he thought would continue to propel him to the top of the tennis world.

Instead, he sat shivering in the dark, wanting nothing more than to survive this nightmare.

Finally, around 4 a.m. on April 15, the RMS Carpathia arrived to rescue the remnants of the unsinkable ship.

As the doctor examined the tennis great’s legs, he came to an unavoidable conclusion: Dick’s legs would have to be amputated.

There was a big chance Dick could develop gangrene from the frostbite.

If he wanted to survive, the doctor said, he had no choice but to lose his legs.

But Dick disagreed. He refused to let his tennis career—and his legs—be cut short.

So every day he would pull himself from the hospital bed and start to hobble, willing his legs to move.

Shuffle. Drag. Shuffle. Pull. Shuffle.

He was obsessed. This was his mission now.

His wealthy background didn’t matter anymore. He needed to survive.

Every waking moment found Dick shuffling, willing his legs to move.

Even at night, he woke up every two hours to hobble along.

He worried that if he slept too much, his legs —and his dreams —would die.

And step by step, his gait started to return.

When he arrived stateside, he decided to stay and accomplish his plan to graduate college and play professional tennis.

A year after the disaster, Dick stood again —this time at the top of the tennis world, winning the intercollegiate singles championship for Harvard.

A year after that, in 1914, he won the intercollegiate doubles championship.

In 1915, he took home both the intercollegiate singles and doubles championships.

He made a name for himself in America, just like he had in Europe —despite his legs continuing to cause him pain.

The longer a tennis match went, the more painful his legs felt from the frostbite.

He compensated for his physical disability with mental and emotional ferocity.

Historian Bud Collins said of Williams, “On his best days, when he had the feel and touch and his breathtaking strokes were flashing on the lines, [he] was unbeatable.”

In March 1916, the tennis community ranked him #2 in the world.

He was unbeatable.

The German Army couldn’t stop him during World War I as he fought alongside other Americans in the deadliest American battle of the war. The US government, recognizing his bravery and tenacity, awarded him the Legion of Honor. The French government also recognized his bravery and awarded him the Croix de Guerre.

He was unbeatable.

After the war, tournament after tournament engraved his name on their championship trophy.

Wimbledon emblazoned his name alongside Chuck Garland’s when they won the doubles championship in 1920.

He helped his team win the Davis Cup in both 1925 and 1926.

A year before his back-to-back Davis Cup victories, he partnered with Hazel Wightman to win the mixed doubles gold at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games—a few short miles from where he fought off entrenched German forces during World War I.

He laid down his tennis racket when he was 44, and retired into a lucrative career as a Philadelphia banker.

On June 2, 1968, fifty years and a day after he fought in the infamous Battle of Belleau Wood, he passed away.

And as they prepared him for the funeral, they realized there was a bulk in the jacket he died in.In the midst of the chaos of April 14, 1912, Dick’s father handed him the flask he had always carried.

And Dick continued to carry it. Never forgetting that night. Never forgetting his dad. Never forgetting that every step mattered.

Being unbeatable wasn’t about not experiencing loss.  He faced loss. He faced pain and anguish.

Every day of his life was a fight. Despite the pain of his tragedy, he persevered. He adapted and adjusted. He was obsessed with winning.

Every moment he spent playing the sport he loved was a war against the pain that ravaged his body.

It hurt to win. It hurt to compete. It hurt to battle. But he had made up his mind a long time ago that he was going to be unbeatable.

The exact same mission is available for you. You can live an unbeatable life.

It doesn’t mean that you won’t experience pain and discomfort. In fact, choosing to be unbeatable guarantees that you will struggle and hurt.

You have to make the hard choice to ignore the excuses you create for yourself and choose to rise up one more time to compete.

That’s the secret to being unbeatable.

You don’t have to be the smartest person around.

The size of your bank account or your biceps doesn’t factor in one bit. Not degrees. Not certifications. Not the people you know or the knowledge you can regurgitate.

Living an unbeatable life is about pushing past the pain and fear and doubt that holds you back. You embrace being uncomfortable because you know the agony is making you a better weapon for winning.

The choice is yours. The opportunity is yours. A chance at greatness is yours.

Will you choose to be unbeatable?

It Doesn’t Take Money To Make Money.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes creativity. It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes hard work.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes tenacity.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes a bit of obstinance.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes insight.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes charisma.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes gratitude.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes professionalism.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes resourcefulness.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes accountability.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes an obsession with learning.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes class.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes individualism.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes indefatigability.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes discipline.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes giving crazy amounts of value.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes insane amounts of effort.

It doesn’t take money to create money. It takes failure.

It doesn’t just take money to create money.

The idea that the only thing you need to make money is money is a huge lie.

That belief is stopping you from getting started on things that will help catapult you towards where you want to be.

Make no mistake, money can be a catalyst for rapid growth. But it can also cover up a bunch of mistakes.

When you have to think about how you spend each dollar, you’re more imaginative. You aren’t subscribing automatically to the status quo. The status quo is too expensive. You’re subscribing to your own brand of awesome.

You’re doing things the other people call crazy and ridiculous. But you’re doing it because you don’t have enough money to make it work otherwise.

And that’s the magic of being successful without money.

What you have to go through and who you have to become ultimately creates the success you so desperately want for yourself.

Stop thinking that you can’t be successful until you are already successful. With that thinking, you’ll never get close.

Right now, your life is a test lab of opportunity. The trials in your life are a kaleidoscope of potential. What you are going through is “that special thing” that can make everything from this moment forward legendary.

You don’t need money. You just need the tenacity to keep moving forward.

It Has To Be About More Than The Money.

It has to be about more than the money. That goal of yours. It can’t just be about making a few extra dollars. 

That’s not good enough. Not big enough. Not powerful enough to sustain you in the bad times to come. 

And they will.

You’re going to be tested and tried. 

You’re going to be beaten down by failure and humbled by the criticism of your peers. 

In your moments of self-doubt, more money isn’t a big enough cause to drive you to do the hard things that being successful demands. 

You need a mission.

A cause. A calling. 

It’s already inside you. 

You know it’s there. You can feel it rise up within you from time to time. 

That’s the thing you need to embrace.

That’s your roadmap.

That’s the prism through which you need to view your priorities. 

If it doesn’t matter in the long run, it’s not part of your short-term work. 

That’s the standard for your actions — the measure for what makes it on your to-do list.

Awesome is your calling card.

Whatever “awesome” means for you.

Not dollars and cents.

In truth, you will always need financial resources to achieve your desired goals.

But that’s not your dream. It can’t be.

Or you’ll stay stuck and broke.