Everything you think you know about success is WRONG!

Edgy Interview with Dan Waldschmidt

By: Steven A. Rosen

I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, Dan Waldschmidt, about his new book titled EDGY Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success. Dan is an edgy guy and his personal story helps you understand what true success is.

Dan lives on the edge and has almost fallen over. He is a true believer in sharing successes and has done extensive research over the last 4 years looking at what high performers were doing in business, math, science, sports, and politics. He put together 1,000 stories of ordinary people who achieved success against the odds.

Edgy Conversation

His new book comes out today! If you want to achieve true success I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of Dan’s book.

Steven:

Hey Dan, thank you for taking the time to let me interview you. I know you have been working on this book for the last 4 years. I have to say I love the look of the book and the stories you share.

Dan:

Thanks, Steven I appreciate your support.

Steven:

OK, Dan. Can you tell my readers what are the four behaviors you identified after looking at 1000 high-performers that are key to producing outrageous results?

Dan:

We learned that high performers in business, math, sports, science or politics all share the same four characteristics. They are extreme in their beliefs and behaviors. They demonstrate a maniacal focus and discipline for getting things done. They are givers — intentionally and almost automatically. And they understand the human side of life — instead of just expecting everyone else around them to be logical, they understand how pain, fear, and failure impact those around them. While each high performer we looked at had clear, distinctive ways that they excelled above their peers, they all share these four qualities. All of them were extreme, disciplined, giving, and human

Steven:

I know you love extremes but Why is “being extreme” so important to success?

Dan:

“Being extreme “ is the best chance you have to stand out. To be noticed. By definition, extreme behavior is radical. It’s scary. It requires tremendous personal effort and focus. You don’t accidentally become extreme. It’s intentional. It drives better results. Instead of just being pushed around by the ideas and expectations of others, being “extreme” means that you know what you want to achieve and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. That’s a powerful differentiator.

Remember, anyone can try something once or twice, even a dozen times, but very few people are willing to keep trying until they achieve the results they want. That continuous trying is another way to describe extreme behavior. It puts you in the elite category of ordinary people. Most people just stop trying.

Steven:

Come on Dan. Isn’t “extreme, by definition, “too much” of a good thing?

Dan:

Steven, being extreme is not too much of a good thing. Extreme behavior starts with a mindset change. It is really the core belief that you can achieve success regardless of the obstacles in your way simply through a relentless pursuit of answers. It’s a belief that by working hard enough and long enough, there isn’t anything that you can’t do. When you have that belief system, you look at problems as just another opportunity to be creative rather than bad luck or “everyone picking on you”. That mindset is important because it’s inevitable that each of us will face problems in our struggle to be successful. You can’t ever believe in yourself too much.

Steven:

Why is discipline such a key part of achieving success?

Dan:

Success is a long and brutal journey. It requires massive amounts of effort and consistency. You have to be able to do what is difficult day after day after day after day if you want to achieve your goals. This is true no matter what your goal happens to be. You must practice, prepare, and get better at your craft in order to achieve success.

Discipline forces you into a rhythm of effort, excellence, and improvement — especially when you consistently work on being a better version of yourself. If you stop and start and stop every time things get difficult, you wind up with wildly inconsistent results and no real clear explanation for how to improve. Being disciplined highlights what you’re doing right and what things you need to work on.

Steven:

If you were to summarise the key finding from your research what would you say are the critical attributes that high performers have in common?

Dan:

The four characteristics that we call EDGY — extreme behavior, disciplined activity, a giving mindset and a human strategy — were all prevalent in high performers, even across completely different verticals, like science and sports. The same radical beliefs that enable an Olympic competitor to push himself or herself beyond human capacity is the exact same belief system that enables a researcher to uncover a human biological breakthrough.

Despite the dramatic difference in application, the philosophies of high performers were the same. They were willing to be radical. They kept doing the same thing until they figured out how to do it the right way, they gave more value than everyone around thought was logical, and they looked underneath the answer for the answer to the answer. We call that EDGY.

Steven:

Dan, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I wish you ongoing success with your book and in all aspects of your life.

I highly recommend that you check out Dan’s book. Reading it just may transform your business and your life. If you order now during the book launch, Dan will even send you the edgy workbook at no charge. GO HERE!