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Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success Paperback – May 1, 2014
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Dan Waldschmidt is an international business strategist, speaker, author, and extreme athlete. His consulting firm solves complex marketing and business strategy problems for savvy companies all over the world. Dow Jones calls his Edgy Conversations blog one of the top sales sites on the internet. He's been profiled in Business Week, INC Magazine, BBC, Fox News, The Today Show, and Business Insider, has been the featured guest on dozens of radio programs, and has published hundreds of articles on progressive business strategy.
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Anyone discouraged or contemplating suicide should read how close this man came to shooting himself and how he somehow, unexpectedly, talked himself out of it:
-- If I pull the trigger, there’s no going back. It’s over...for real. There would be no romantic ending to this decision. No Hollywood plotline. This was real life. And it was gritty and nasty.
How do we find the amazon page where readers Kindle-share quotable quotes and good ideas? If you can find mine, you'll see I excerpted a lot of lines we may all know by heart, but we need *reminders.* E.g., ' no one really knows for sure what works when it comes to achieving greatness. Even the “experts” can’t agree.' Old news. But there's "new" news, too. I'm off to google this one in a bit: "Quite literally, scientists have observed love bring dead brain matter back to life. The neurochemicals that are released in response to empathy and kindness, when sprinkled on dead brain cells, bring those cells back to life." Love inspires us, changes, makes all things possible, and Paul of the gospels isn't the first or last person to say this. You don't have to believe Jesus is God to believe that love is one of the powerful forces on earth.
No, that's not new. So what is? With this book the presentation is all. The story of the builders of the Brooklyn Bridge? A gold nugget of fascinating and inspiring historical trivia served with all the good advice.
Examples of good advice, insights, or familiar advice that bears repeating:
-- I wasn’t the only person in pain. In fact, the more I looked, the more I began to see the fear and pain and loss all around me. Broken people. Hurting people. Successful people. All looking for how to solve the problems of life and love and greatness. People you would meet at a dinner party and admire. People you would think had it all together.
-- You don’t wait for someone to trip and fall and then run to lift them up. You look around and actively encourage those who might be suffering silently.
-- A negative person is a mentally weak person. It takes no mental courage to have negative thoughts. What does take mental effort (sometimes lots of it) is to find the best in every situation.
-- There is power in being wrong. A big part of success is humility – the belief that you always have more to learn. But if you’re always right, there is never a need to learn more. Perhaps the biggest wrong is in thinking that you are always right.
-- You are today who you thought you would be. You will be in the future who you think you want to be today.
-- Stop worrying about what other people think of you. Someone else’s opinion is the number one reason you’re going to fail. Are you willing to trade your future for some idiot with a loud mouth? It’s silly how obsessed we are with what others think about us.
-- Avoid the need to blame others for anything. Mean, small-minded people know that they suck. That’s why they are so cranky and eager to point out others’ mistakes. They hope that by causing others to feel inadequate, everyone will forget about how woefully off the mark their own performance is. Don’t blame anyone, for any reason, ever. It’s a bad habit.
All these quotes are only a small percentage of what's in the book. There may be a gazillion books out there preaching the same message, but this one is a quick, easy read, packed full of good reminders to keep us from giving up.
3 stars because a of the stories were interesting an new to me.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to focus on the mindset and qualities necessary for success. Or to people who aren't chasing success for the sake of having money, but to become the best version of themselves. I usually read books this good more than once. I look forward to reading it again later in life.
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