Dan Waldschmidt

Fear is Making You a Loser.

You were born a winner. And life taught you how to be a loser. Ironic isn’t it? You beat the odds. From conception to nine months of pre-natal nurturing to emergence in a world full of dangers, you survived. You thrived. You explored the boundaries...

Edgy Technology: Threadsy Combines the Conversation.

Do you have 37 ways for people to get a a hold of you? Work email. Personal email. Legacy AOL email. Unused Yahoo email addresses. Twitter direct messages. Facebook emails…. It can be exhausting trying to remember to check all the places where you...

Edgy Conversations: Being a Knowledge Snob Isn’t Cool.

Sometimes on the weekends I take my sons down to the park to play and I sit on the bench and watch as they interact with they children on the playground. I laugh. I observe. I come to their aid when...

Feeling Lost When You Know The Way.

Have you ever looked around and say, “Where am I?” You feel lost. And sad. And thoroughly confused. Your head knows the direction. You have enough experience to know the general outline of the steps you need to be taking. And yet...

Edgy Conversations: Grow up. Stop Pouting. Care.

The title is really all I wanted to say. (I feel the need to write the rest of this article so you take the idea seriously) If what you do with most of your day is “about you” then you will probably not do much…

Negotiation. Why You Want Mutual Satisfaction.

So let’s talk shop…  There is no such thing as a “one sided” deal. Both sides get what they want or a deal doesn’t happen. Here’s a harsh reality: If you don’t know what the other guy is getting out of the deal , chances…

Edgy Technology: Video Live Streaming

At 10:40, Andrea will introduce me and ten minutes later (or a smidge shorter than that) I go live… I am the keynote speaker at Launch Greenville in South Carolina but thanks to HubSpotTV, thousands of people all over the world will be able to be a...

Edgy Conversations: Your Emails Make People Hate You.

How believable is this email? Not the one I am writing…. the one pictured above.  The one offering me 15.5 million dollars.  That one. Here’s what is funny.  My fingers shot this down so fast that I had to go actively search for it in...

Edgy Technology: Dooid makes you drool.

Sometimes you just need to get your side of the story out there…  You want to be memorable. Great idea, right?. The reality is that you are competing with a million other knuckleheads for 5 minutes of time with the prospect you want to see. …

Edgy Conversations: Stop doing stupid stuff just because your boss suggests it

A senior sales executive friend reached out me a few weeks ago asking for help transitioning between different senior sales positions. He was a former CEO who got bought out by a big company and was now working to group a different division. It...

Fear, Failure & What You Want For You

We let fear control too much of our lives. And the result is unnecessary failure. We fail because we fear. It’s just as simple as that. We fear…….. and then we fail. That’s how it always works. If...

Comparing our Way to Horrible Conclusions

We use comparisons all the time to measure how successful we are.  It’s part of our primal instinct. To feel good about our place in life, we need to know “who we’re better than”. It’s wired into our brains to be that way.  It’s...

Karma: 5 Ways to Change your Future.

What you do matters. Everything. The big stuff. The little stuff. Even the annoying stuff. It all matters and its all a part of that thing we call karma… It matters that you waste time. It matters that you are...

It’s transformation; not transaction.

Transformation. It’s not what you say. It’s not even what you do. It’s how you leave them feeling when it’s all over. We, as self-consciously battered Americans, spend billions of dollars every year on therapy, counseling, mentors, training, self-help books, and events to...

Success Starts With You Being Different

You can’t stand out when you look like everyone else. You can’t inspire and challenge others when you are just as fearful as them to stand out and be noticed. To put yourself in a position where people disagree with you. To be...

The will to win: C’est pour toi, Maman

For 24 years, Joannie had trained to be in this position.  She entered the Olympics, with 12 gold medals in the last 12 consecutive Canadian National Championships.  Along the way she had picked up international medals in China, the Grand Prix, and Russia —...

4 Reasons You Can’t Shortcut Your Way to Success

There is no shortcut to success. Unlike every episode with Indiana Jones, there is no Holy Grail of aspirational whymsy whereby you plot a few strategic moves and end up with all the pieces on the board. Success is a mindset.  Not a point in…

Seth Godin Inspires Indispensable Edginess.

Is what you doing right now something the world can’t live without? Are you the difference between success and failure? Are you truly indispensable? “So, Seth, do you consider yourself indispensable?” That’s what I wanted to say. But I ran out of time. The...

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