"Everything EDGY" -- August 9th

Every week we find edgyness all around us -- ordinary people (or companies) achieving outrageous success. We write about it. Speak about it. And travel the globe advising leaders how to leverage the ideas around it to drive results.

Instead of just writing articles with ideas about what ways for you to be a superstar, I thought it might be a good idea to share examples of edgy -- Great tools, neat technology, awesome processes, ideas and images that inspire us.

That's what I'll be sharing here each Saturday morning -- a few edgy ideas worth checking out.

AWESOME INSIGHTS:

On July 27th, the incredibly talented Frank Thomas was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. His speech was inspiring and will bring you to tears when you listen to the grateful attitude that fueled his ambition. Here are a few of his words:

"I'm so humbled and honored to be a part of this historic class of first ballot Hall of Famers. To share the stage in front of all the legendary men who made the game better for us all, I'm speechless.

I want to personally thank you all for being great role models and making this great game what it is today. Hard work, dedication and commitment. No short cuts to success, thanks for having me in your Club...

In life, you have infrastructure. I would like to thank my team who has kept me grounded and in touch with reality from day one. First, the late Robert Fraley. I know you're not here, my friend, but thanks for watching my career and giving me professional guidance you gave me. It's priceless.

Robert, you once said to me, "Life is not fair. You have to work hard and earn your respect." You were so right. I thank you for being honest with me. I know you're somewhere in heaven directing traffic because that's what true leaders do."

These are his final words:

"To all you kids out there, just remember one thing from today. There are no shortcuts to success. Hard work, dedication, commitment, stay true to who you are. God bless you all, and I thank you."

That's straight from the lips of an ordinary dude who achieved outrageous success.

COOL TECHNOLOGY:

  • Import.io -- Need to grab a page full of leads off the internet? Want to track your competitors prices? Or are you just plain nerdy and want to scrape large parts of the internet? Import.io makes is super easy to grab, save, and update pretty much any data on the planet.
  • FullContact -- Is your address book way out of control? FullContact searches for updated contact information from everyone in your address book and then suggests the changes you need to make to stay current. It's cleans your contacts with a push of a button.
  • UpSellIt -- Are people leaving your website without buying all the awesome stuff you want  to sell them? You need to check out the cool tech toys from the wonderkids at UpSellit. They have some very cool ideas about turning web traffic into paying customers.
  • ToneCheck -- Ever get an email that was a complete "emotional basket case"? ToneCheck allows you to do a quick check of your message to prevent you from accidentally saying something that you might regret later. Yeah -- we all need that. Right?

That's everything that's edgy in our universe for today. See you next week for more.