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The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life Paperback – February 4, 2005
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We have an amazing team that was introduced to the Slight Edge 10 weeks ago. We have reviewed and instilled the principles given in the book three times a week for the past 10 weeks and have seen such growth in our group! Also, I would like for him to know that he has made a difference for me personally!! I have applied the Slight Edge and I know my life will never be the same!! By applying the information success in every area of my life is inevitable!! Thank you Jeff Olson!! I love it so much that everyone on my Christmas list is getting a copy of the book. It will be the best gift I ve ever given to my loved one!! --P. Barnett
Our company book club just finished The Slight Edge and really enjoyed it. Thanks so much! --C. Argeris
When I got a copy of the Slight Edge and read it, my life changed. I emailed over 100 Vice Presidents who work in the same company with me and shared my personal story of success with the Slight Edge. They began to order books and do trainings with their teams so I know that the sales are up on the book from my passion with Jeff's work. --P. Jarrett
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JEFF OLSON has built multimillion-dollar sales and marketing organizations, hosted seminars in every major city in the U.S. and has produced over 900 television programs with such personal development legends as Les Brown, Jim Rohn and Brian Tracy. 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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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 caused the hyacinth to multiply. 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.