Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Here’s what you’ll need:




I’d like to take you through a typical day for an Edger. Starting at 7am through to 11pm. It may look like your day or it may be a million miles from it. So think transferrable and ask yourself, ‘how can I adapt these ideas and make them work for me?’
If you’re ready then let’s crack on. Is that an alarm clock I can hear?

One of the traits of The Edger is their ability to wake up feeling great. They don’t hit the snooze button. They just get up. And when they get up, that first hour is vital.

Some call it their ‘hour of power’ others their thinking time. What they don’t ever do is find themselves in a flap rushing about ‘til the last minute to get to work – and just on time.

Millions of people spend billions of hours commuting every year, and most waste that time. The Edger uses that time to educate themselves (they’re probably not listening to Radio 1 – sorry); they listen to Radio 4 or audio learning materials. If they’re on the train they’ll read books that make them better.

And because they’ve planned their time they don’t get stressed by a hold-up on the train or unexpected road works, they get on with their journey knowing they have time to spare and things to be getting on with.

Where others start their day with a ‘To do’ list, an Edger simply takes out their previous
ight’s ‘Must Do’ list (see 22.00 for more info) and makes a start on their five most important things. This list isn’t about what’s urgent, it’s what’s important.


Edgers who lead organisations know the importance of meeting their people and asking them great questions. I love the example in Chapter 20 about Alex. He told me that all
the answers to making that business work were already there in the minds of the staff; someone just needed to ask them and be genuinely interested in their answers.



Ask an Edger how they communicate and the results look like this. 1) Face to face 2) Telephone 3) Text message 4) Email 5) Letter. Interesting? I think so as most people use
email as their primary method of communication. The challenge with email is it’s slow.
We think it’s fast but that’s only the transmission time. Face to face, telephone and even text demand a more speedy response.



An Edger would arrange a Team Meeting for 12.15 and schedule it for 45 minutes. They know most meetings don’t need an hour and only take that long because that’s what
they’ve been scheduled to take. The Edger uses the first 15 minutes to properly prepare, then holds a 45-minutes 'West Wing' style meeting.
13.00 LUNCH

Always time well spent for the Edger. If they don’t have a lunch meeting they’ll use this time to feed their brain at the same time as they feed themselves. The Edger eats well.
I don’t need to tell you how to eat or what you should or shouldn’t be eating. The difference with the Edger is they know it and do it. Unless of course it’s Fish & Chip
Friday – even the Edger can’t resist that!

Edgers love to present. They know it’s one of the things that sets them apart. Others may lack confidence or have no idea what to do or where to start. An Edger will have prepared their piece well in advance, have set up their equipment and tested it, they’ll know their audience and will have done everything they can to avoid DBPP.


Getting face to face with a client is where the Edger feels most comfortable. You achieve more and ensure they leave feeling valued. But the success of these meetings isn’t left to chance. Using a structured approach, like the one I outline in Chapter 25, ensures the Edger stays in control.

16.00 STUFF

The reason the Edger is left with an hour or so at the end of their day to sort out the ‘stuff’ is because they programmed it. We all have the same 24 hours each day, but an Edger uses theirs differently. ‘I haven’t got the time’ isn’t in their vocabulary. They make time. They’ll use this period to review their day and make sure they’ve completed their 5 Must Do’s for tomorrow.


Edgers are happy to put in the hours. But only when they count. Staying longer than they need to get the job done isn’t an issue, but neither is it a habit. This is where their Wheel of Life spins into play and they are able to make decisions based on their values. I hope you devoured Chapter 4 and did all the tasks, because if there is one trait that really sets the Edger apart, it’s their strong values system.


I bet you were wondering when this one was coming? Well the good news is it needn’t be an actual gym. That’s right, you don’t have to GO to a gym. But you do have to
exercise. At home, on the paths around your home, in a park; there are loads of places, the important thing is to find a programme - and stick to it. Edgers like to beat the week when it comes to exercise; 4 workouts or more and you’ve done it. Three or less and the week beats you!
Families who eat together stay together. You won’t find an Edgers’ family eating at different times, in front of the TV or with poor quality microwaved ready meals. They eat a family meal together at every opportunity. They’ll talk about their day and share challenges and advice.


The Edger is as normal as the next person when it comes to the things they don’t want to do. The difference is they get on and do them anyway - from cleaning shoes to loading the dishwasher; paying the bills to doing the weekly shop, Edgers get on with it. Of course it would be easier to procrastinate, what difference would leaving it another day make? An Edger does what needs to be done so they can fully enjoy….


Edgers do what they love to do. They reward themselves and ensure they give themselves opportunities to feel great about the most important person in the world (that’s you btw). Notice the discipline of the last two hours and that the reward comes after doing what needs to be done. Delayed gratification is a strong trait among Edgers.

Where others may start their day with a ‘To do’ list, the Edger ends theirs by planning

what they will do the next. And notice it’s the 5 most important not urgent things.
Their ability to prioritise and think about what they must do the next day makes a massive difference. This technique of focusing is amazing for time management; it clears the brain and sets you up for a deep relaxing sleep.

So that’s a taste of A Day On The Edge. Of course a day won’t really look like that. Stuff (the nice word) happens; but The Edger always knows how to deal with whatever is thrown at them.

After all, they’re the best and they’re getting better.

Thank you for downloading and reading this bonus chapter

Be Brilliant!

Michael Heppell

The Wheel of Life (click to view)


The Edger's Cycle

The more you study those with the Edge the more you notice a constant cycle which drives them to ever-greater things. I believe it looks like this.

Dissatisfaction --> Solution --> Action --> Success --> Dissatisfaction --> ....It really doesn't matter where this cycle starts but often it starts with being dissatisfied.


Edgers (those with the edge) are dissatisfied, believing there has to be a better way. James Dyson invented the cylinder vacuum cleaner because he was dissatisfied with the poor suction from traditional bag based machines. Charles Kettering was motivated to create the starter motor because so many people were being injured (and even killed) using a crankshaft to start a car.

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Edgers are notoriously dissatisfied.

And it goes beyond physical invention. The desire to improve ways of working, administrative tasks, quality of life, justice, the internet and the law have all come from a dissatisfaction with the 'old' ay of doing things. For a notoriously dissatisfied Edgers, there is no holy cows.


Being dissatisfied is a common trait. We all feel dissatisfied at one time or another. What begins to set

Monday, April 23, 2018

Use Intuition Wisdom

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.
Henri Poincare
Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind... The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think nothing. Only through their union can knowledge arise.     
Immanuel Kant
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
Dr. Jonas Salk
A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way, but intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.     
Albert Einstein
Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.
Paulo Coelho
Intuition is always right in at least two important ways; It is always in response to something. It always has your best interest at heart     
Gavin De Becker Quotes
Intuition is more than knowledge, and truth comes pure from the heart.
Don Bradley
Listen to your inner voice... for it is a deep and powerful source of wisdom, beauty and truth, ever flowing through you... Learn to trust it, trust your intuition, and in good time, answers to all you seek to know will come, and the path will open before you.     
Caroline Joy Adams
What many refer to as intuition, then, is not the untaught or unteachable but instead is a learned understanding and respect of process, molded by experience and refined over a great deal of time and practice.
Jon Kolko
No matter how deep a study you make. What you really have to rely on is your own intuition and when it comes down to it, you really don't know what's going to happen until you do it.     
Konosuke Matsushita
The only real valuable thing is intuition.     
Albert Einstein
All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.     
Rudolf Arnheim
Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough.
Robert Heller
Intuition isn't the enemy, but the ally, of reason.
John Kord Lagemann
Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.     
John Naisbitt
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.     
Frank Capra
All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.     
Immanuel Kant
Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinion drown your own inner voice. Everything else is secondary.     
Steve Jobs
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.     
Lao Tzu
When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.
Kahlil Gibran
Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.     
Malcolm Gladwell
Come from the heart, the true heart, not the head. When in doubt, choose the heart. This does not mean to deny your own experiences and that which you have empirically learned through the years. It means to trust your self to integrate intuition and experience.     
Brian L. Weiss
Everything I have to say has already crossed your
mind. Then possibly my answer has crossed yours.     
Arthur Conan Doyle
The truth about life and lie about life is not measured by others but by your intuition, which never lies.     
Santosh Kalwar
Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
Oprah Winfrey
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.     
Rudyard Kipling
Notice what happens when you follow your intuitive feelings. The result is usually increased energy and power, and a sense of things flowing.
Shakti Gawain
Your inner knowing is your only true compass.
Joy Page
Instinct is untaught ability.
Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.     
John Sterling
A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.     
Jawaharlal Nehru
Trusting your intuition often saves us from disaster.
Anne Wilson Schae
There are things so deep and complex that only intuition can reach it in our stage of development as human beings.
John Astin
Trusting your intuition means tuning in as deeply as you can to the energy you feel, following that energy moment to moment, trusting that it will lead you where you want to go and bring you everything you desire.
Shakti Gawain
Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Mother Teresa
There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action Keep the channel open.     
Martha Graham
All societies, ancient or modern, primitive or sophisticated, have guided themselves by values and goals rooted in the experience of deep intuition'.     
Willis Harman
Intuition is neither the ability to engage prophesy nor a means of avoiding financial loss or painful relationships. It is actually the ability to use energy data to make decisions in the immediate moment.     
Carolyn Myss