A Book Review – “EDGY Conversations” by Dan Waldschmidt

Robert Terson

411Z2DaVSkL._AA160_In December I received a package from my STA Sales Mastermind Group colleague Dan Waldschmidt. I was expecting a book (and for a few minutes there wondered, Why is he sending a book in such a large box?), but in it there was not only a copy of Dan’s new book EDGY Conversations, there also was a pair of boxing gloves. I kid you not—BOXING GLOVES! Now, if you peruse the red-white-and-black cover of EDGY Conversations, you’ll see a pair of boxing gloves, as well as other drawings that will definitely grab your attention. Nicki and I got a kick out of the boxing gloves, but I really wasn’t surprised. I told her, “Hey, That’s vintage Dan Waldschmidt: this is a man who always strives to be different, knows how to grab your attention by being—his word, ‘edgy’; how I would put it, ‘delightfully over the top’.” And then I told her that he’s the best darn storyteller I know.

In 2012 the Irreverent Sales Girl, another colleague in the STA Group, asked six people, including Dan and myself, to contribute a story to an e-book she was creating. When she sent me a copy of the e-book, I read the other five stories, curious to see what I thought of them. Dan’s story just blew me away: the content captured me completely, it was a fabulous story; but what really wowed me was the writing, how it was constructed. This was storytelling at its finest! From that point on I’ve pretty much read everything Dan has penned. Never once have I been disappointed.

I read EDGY Conversations—every word of it—while on a recent Caribbean cruise. The Prologue shook me up, really tore me apart; to say it was gripping would be an understatement. You don’t read about someone you know talking about taking his own life without getting knocked for a loop. But I kept on reading and was rewarded with the best motivational read of my life. Yeah, EDGY Conversations was the best motivational read of my life. Right up there with Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. It stirred my blood like no other nonfiction book I’ve ever read, and I predict it’ll stir your blood, too.

The stories Dan tells—stories about ordinary people who became extraordinary—will fascinate you; they did me. Okay, maybe that’s partly because I’ve also written about a few of these amazing people, too, but there’s no other way to put it: Dan’s versions are incredible, and you’ll be mesmerized by these ordinary/extraordinary people. Like Carl “Sugarfoot” Joseph, and George (you’ll have to read the book to get his last name), and Carl Brashear, and John & Washington Roebling, and Albert Ernest Clifford Young.

I could delve into the individual chapters and try to describe them, but I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to give you a few Dan Waldschmidt statements from EDGY Conversations that I want you to remember. I underlined them all while I was reading:

Success is not about what you do. It’s about who you are .

You win more when you fight more.

Here’s a harsh reality: We’re just not tough enough.

In the real world, average strokes are losing strokes.

Effort is the great equalizer. 

Real success is the opposite of being like everyone else.

The only thing standing between you and outrageous success is continuous progress. 

Discipline is as much about denying as it is about doing. 

How about being addicted to greatness? 

You will be whatever you are planning to be. 

When what you do most of the time is about you, then you’re probably not doing much that is worthwhile. 

Giving becomes transformational when you invest yourself in the effort. 

You might be the idiot you think other people are. 

Pain happens…and fear reminds you of it later. 

The shadows on the wall are stealing your destiny. 

Yet love is the most transformative power that we know. 

It’s never too late to do something amazing. It’s never too early to start trying. 

Go be awesome. Go be EDGY. 

If you pass this one up, you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice; it’s as simple as that. So do yourself a great service—order EDGY Conversations here. Do it now! Who knows, it might wind up being the best motivational read of your life, too.

 

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