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119 of 142 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Most self help material is repetitive but this book takes it to a whole new level.

The overall message, that it takes time to make change (good or bad) and how focusing on the little changes will lead to the big ones, is great but the author takes too much time going over the same concept, rewording slightly as the book progresses, that by the middle of the book I was ready to call it quits because I'd learned all I need to learn.

Also, I feel like the author pats himself on the back a little too often, and perhaps too heavily.

One of the most painful sections is where he says he is going to let his daughter finish the chapter, who hands it over to her mother before she is done, and then, even though he said otherwise, the author comes back to rehash everything they said.

The best material in this book comes from other books, which the author takes much time to explain even though the concept is straight forward.

I liked what he had to say. I just didn't like the way he said it.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon November 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson in 8th edition of his popular book again helps readers learning how to realize the dreams and not be someone who just dreams while life passes by.

He sees the solution in the introduction of his Slight Edge principle that can be applicable not only to our profession, but also marriage, relationships, friendship, love, almost anything in our lives.
What is most interesting about this book is that most things found inside are common sense, although it's often forgotten.

For example when he says "...The average person spends between 250 and 350 hours every year driving to and from this place and that. That's about forty minutes to an hour each and every day. If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge...." or "...being productive and being busy and not necessarily the same thing. Doing things won't create your success; doing the right thing will..." reader has to agree with him.

Maybe some readers will be disappointed to realize that slight edge is not some complex principle, something difficult or unique of which you have never heard before.
Slight Edge is actually about the driving force in our life that pulls us closer or moves us away from our goals.

The difference between these two diametrically opposite sides is someone ability to accept this philosophy and advances, with small or large steps toward the goal.

Overall, Jeff Olson's work is very inspiring and motivating piece, well-written and easy to read, and due to all those reasons, a book that can be recommended.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Wow fell in love with this book instantly. The information is so simple to follow and with a super busy lifestyle I was still able to incorporate simple practices taught in this book. With in just a few months it significantly enhanced so many areas of my life. Thank you Jeff Olson for such amazing wisdom. I have given copies to every family member and many friends who are so grateful for the life changing info.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was better when it was shorter. I read the first version of this book ten years ago and it was brilliant. A few key ideas really started to change my life. Fast forward ten years and i cant find my old paperback but now i have the new version of the book on my kindle. The introduction goes on and on about how big of a success the first version of the book was. Yeah thats because it got straight to the point without being overly repetitive. I'm strugglling to force myself through this new book because it is so boring. Waaaay too much fluff. It is really painful to force my way through this new book to try to review those key points that I remember from ten years ago. I feel sorry for the first time reader. smh
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most amazing business books that has ever written.

I purchased the original version in 2005. I am so excited about the updates made in this 8th version.

Read the book then teach the slight edge philosophy to your children, friends and colleagues and watch your life change.

If you want to really go to the next level, integrate the slight edge philosophy with the happiness. You can learn more at [...]

Remember, when you do the little things consistently over a long period of time you can change your life dramatically.

Happiness is an attitude. The Slight Edge is philosophy.

Integrate both of these and watch miracles come your way.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
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The Slight Edge is the best book I have ever read. This is because it makes all of those other books work if you apply the Slight Edge philosophy. It is about mastering the mundane and teaches you how to do the how to's. I am teaching my 5 and 7 year old kids how to apply the slight edge to their lives and it has changed the order of our home. They understand now that they need to brush their teeth every night...not because their teeth will fall out if they don't brush them tonight but if they continue not to brush them the consequence is far worse that the simple "mundane" chore of brushing them. They know that if they read an additional 10 minutes of a book each night it won't change them that day or the next day but it will certainly change their grades by the end of the year. BUY THIS BOOK FOR YOURSELF AND EVERYONE YOU CARE ABOUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. IT IS SOMETHING YOU CAN APPLY TO ANY SITUATION AND CREATE SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF IN YOUR LIFE. Dieting and working out, to personal relationships, to finances, anything. I'VE USED IT TO TRAIN MY UNRULY DOG AND IT WAS SO SIMPLE TO GET HIM TRAINED ONCE I REALIZED IT ONLY TOOK A FEW MINUTES A DAY WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE, COMMITMENT AND CONSISTENCY. Seriously BUY THIS BOOK!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is kind of hard to rate. There is 1 big pro and 1 big disadvantage:

PRO: The whole idea of developping a slight edge by adjusting your daily (routine) actions makes sense and it even looks easy. Once these actions start compounding over time the effect could be enormous. The author illustrates this point with a lot of good references to well known books and motivators and this will get you motivated to start trying it for yourself.

CON: The whole execution of his idea and presentation in this book is one big disaster. The whole book is written like a cheap commercial for a vague concept and there is a complete lack of how to execute what this author is writing. On almost every page you'll read how amazing The Slight Edge is and how it can easily change your life. But nowhere is he telling what exactly one should change or start doing.
Most irritating of all where the success stories from readers at the end of each chapter. The average success story might go like this: "A few years ago my life was really terrible, I was addicted to drugs, out of a job, not in a relationshop, I had lots of debts and health problems, but then all changed. Once I started using the Slight Edge concept everything became ok. Now I'm a married millionaire who is running marathons. Thanks for sharing your slight edge concept with us". Not 1 single word about what they actually did.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
America looks for instant success and instant results. The truth about being successful and creating an amazing life lies in the small daily choices we make each day. The book perfectly lays out how you can achieve success and become the person you dream of being through your daily choices. It created a paradigm shift in my thinking - I don't have to do ONE grand thing to be a success, I must do many little things. I recommend this book to everyone I know and am so looking forward to this new edition.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book has some great ideas and good examples but it is very tedious to read. After reading the first 4 chapters, I finally found the 'trick': Go to the end of each chapter and read the summary...thereby giving you the important points. I hope I didn't miss anything...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Slight Edge is one of those books you'll want to read over again at least once a year. Why? Because this book is so full of information that can transform every single area of an individual's life. Everyone has potential to be their very best, but not everyone is willing to master the mundane. Simply by doing those little things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them, a person can truly transform. Because over time continuing to do the right thing creates the compound effect that will make people rise above those who are not willing to do what successful people do.

Last December I purchased the book for my 25-year old son, he said, "Mom, that is the best gift you've ever given me. I love that book!"
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