Dan Waldschmidt is a busy guy whose mission, vision and passions align with The Impact Entrepreneur show. I’m extremely grateful to have this self-challenging, ultra-hard working person (to the point of barfing) on today’s show.
Speaking of challenging himself, Dan is looking forward to running a 500-mile ultra-marathon in July. Just thinking of that is fear inducing, but he welcomes the challenge. At a young age he stumbled across the formula of hard work and sacrifice equals the ability to achieve anything.
With this idea in mind, he took a $150,000 business to $8 million within one year. He did this because he was extremely hungry for success, so much so that he never ate lunch. “When you’re hungry, you’re willing to do things that you wouldn’t otherwise be willing to do.” He started with the challenge of 25 calls before lunch. This led to success so he upped it to 35, then 50, 60, 70 and finally 75 calls. Eventually, he just didn’t have time for lunch at all because he was so caught up in this challenge.
All of this hard work led him to being the CEO of the company at a young age, as well as becoming D.C.’s leading legal litigation strategist without even having a legal degree (or even completing college). He had dropped out of school because he was too busy making things happen to spend the time to learn.
Dan created the EDGY Audit. It’s a simple 12 question multiple choice test that helps you understand your business strengths and weaknesses. Your results give you an EDGY score that’s based on:
- Extreme Behavior – Awesome isn’t ordinary, it’s extraordinary. If you’re not willing to be extreme (and get noticed), you won’t be successful.
- Disciplined Activity – You don’t know when success will strike, but you’ll be more likely to attain it if you live fit financially, spiritually, mentally and physically. “You can’t do the same things to soar as you do to crawl.”
- Giving Mindset – When you give more than they pay for, or over deliver, they will want to do business with you forever.
- Y(h)uman Strategy – People aren’t looking for the superficial. They want their needs, pains, love/loss from deep down in their souls addressed. Do this for them and for yourself and you’ll win them for life.
The average score is in the 140’s, but don’t compare yourself to others. “It’s not where you’re at, it’s where you’re headed.” Take your score and the interpretations and decide how you can go about improving these to be a more edgy and successful business person.
Through the course of his work, Dan has interviewed thousands of people and not a single one of them ever said, “I quit, then all of a sudden life was good.” In fact, it was just the opposite; “I’m so glad I didn’t quit.” It was fighting through the tough times, when others criticized or outside forces conspired against them, that led to true success.
Dan and I had a fun talk, and he gave us tons of great information. I’m sure you’ll get just as much out of this candid discussion as I did.
Some Questions I Ask:
- What is Dan most looking forward to accomplishing this year?
- Was there a moment of impact that set him on the entrepreneurial path?
- Does he have any mentors that help to influence his path and mindset?
- How did he get past the extremely difficult initial 20 miles of his first 100-mile run?
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How Dan became the leading D.C. legal litigation strategist without a law degree
- How the EDGY Audit can give you insights into how you can push the edge more
- How you can spend that $125 Facebook ad budget for a bigger return
- Why it’s so important to practice like a champion
- Plus much more…
Go Make An Impact:
- Take the EDGY Audit for yourself and assess the scores and interpretations. Then start making changes to turn yourself into a more edgy business person.
Don’t Stop Here…
- Learn more about Dan: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn
- Edgy Conversations: Website | Book | Free Stuff
- The EDGY AUDIT: Website
- Book: ‘You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar’ | Amazon