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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success Paperback – May 4, 2011

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The Slight Edge makes you aware of the unwritten rules that we all live by and just weren't aware of. Jeff explains these principals in an easy-to-understand manner that will have you re-evaluating those 'insignificant' decisions you make every day. --John C. Maxwell, Founder of The John Maxwell Company and best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Success in life comes one day at a time and, as Jeff Olson suggests, one step at a time. The Slight Edge will show you how your daily decisions can be the ultimate key to your success. --Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead with LUV

This fast-moving book teaches you one of the most powerful, practical and important success principles ever discovered. It can change your life! --Brian Tracy, Author of The Way to Wealth

About the Author

Jeff Olson has built several multimillion-dollar sales and marketing organizations, hosted seminars in every major city in the United States, and produced more than 900 television programs centered on personal development. Over the past twenty years, Jeff has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve better levels of financial freedom and personal excellence.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Success Books; Revised edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193594486X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935944867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Zoombuggy on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a book I would recommend to anyone...and the only reason I would ever recommend a book is if it's had significant, real personal impact on my life in practical ways...and this book has done just that. It's caused me to be more consciously aware of the slight edge when making small, seemingly insignificant decisions throughout the day.

Jeff doesn't necessarily offer up a new philosophy or idea in this book. But he uncovers the simple, eternal truths about success and failure, and he calls it the "slight edge": simplified disciplines (good or bad) compounded over time. This principle, which is true to everyone, everywhere, can be recognized and applied to EVERY area of life.

He explains how our society has been inundated with what he calls the "breakthrough mentality": how we expect success and completion to come easily and quickly. He breaks down the slight edge and how it affects your financial prosperity, health, relationships, etc. This book really causes you to look at your life, where you're at, how you got there, and the choices you can make daily to get to where you want to go.

I have read the book, I have listened to the audiobook. I will continue to refer back to it's principles.

Bottom Line: It's easy reading, it's practical, it's useful. Not only would I recommend this to everyone (which I RARELY ever do for a book), but if I was in charge of things, I would make this a required text in high schools.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By successprogress on June 21, 2011
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This is probably one of the most important books / audios that you can use. The slight edge is always working either for you or against you. It is key to understand the difference. Jeff Olson does a great job in this work. For more free book reviews, please check out
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Loarie VINE VOICE on March 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Author Jeff Olson offers the secret to a successful life in his "The Slight Edge." This book centers on answering the questions, "Why are some people successful, and some people failures? What is the difference - really?

The book begins with three stories, of which I will share the one about the water hyacinth - a beautiful, delicate-looking little plant. The hyacinth is one of the most productive (successful) plants on earth; its reproductive rate astonishes botanists and ecologists. The method it prefers for colonizing a new area is to grow by doubling itself. One plant can multiply to cover an entire pond in thirty days.

The "Slight Edge" involves the flywheel effect which multiplied the hyacinth. Success is built on each turn of the flywheel which builds upon work done earlier, compounding the investment of effort. It doesn't come from nowhere; it can't be conjured up out of thin air. It comes from a very small, tiny beginning, and grows with time.

The secret ingredient to success is one's philosophy. What are the attitudes behind your actions? Your attitudes lead to actions which lead to results - creating your life. Olson provides a useful diagram of our actions and how their compounding interest leads to success or failure over time. The upper curve on the diagram is the formula for success: a few simple disciplines, repeated every day over time. The lower curve is the formula for failure: a few simple errors in judgment, repeated every day over time. The upper curve represents the one person out of twenty who follows the "Slight Edge." It's pure geometry, the geometry of effects over time. One can choose time will to be a friend or an enemy.

Each of us, every day and every hour, chooses which side of this curve we want to ride. "The Slight Edge" provides good guide on making the right choice, and a reminder that successful people form habits that feed their success, instead of habits that feed their failure.
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212 of 275 people found the following review helpful By Roger Willco on November 15, 2012
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I bought this book on a friend's recommendation. It sets out what I would agree are some effective strategies for success. I particularly like the author's emphasis on the roles consistency and persistence in the little things play in achieving great things. He writes that neglecting a simple process or procedure necessary for achieving success may for a short time have little discernible adverse impact on achievement; but accumulated neglect of seemingly inconsequential factors always leads to failure in reaching important objectives.

Olson, like so many other writers in the self-improvement genre, focuses on the accumulation of material wealth as THE measure of success. Early in the book, he relates an encounter he had with an airport shoeshine lady. She had shared with him her disappointment in not having enough money to buy her daughter a new uniform and an airline ticket to participate with her cheerleading squad in a competition being held in another city. As he departs her company, he reflects on what choices she might make in her life that would increase her monetary wealth. He wonders what would be different for her if she acted on the premise that one's income approximates the average income of their five best friends. He speculates that, had she cultivated friendships with wealthy and influential people instead of with her coworkers, she would herself be wealthier.

I found this revelation of one of the author's core values to be so offensive that my take on the entire book is perhaps more negative than the work deserves. The first problem I have with this passage is that the author fails to establish a logical basis for his implicit assertion that cultivating friendships with the wealthy leads to greater wealth for one's self.
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