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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness Kindle Edition
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There is no magic bullet. Success is achieved by repeating small disciplines and taking small, ever-increasing steps.
The basic message and practical instruction in this book could have been condensed into about 10 pages and have been no less powerful. Instead every chapter is basically a repetition of the same thing, with endless anecdotes about well known and not so well known people and how they have applied the principles. I managed to read diligently up to about chapter 5, when I finally caught on that I was being sold the same thing in different words or from a slightly different angle in just about every chapter.
Hint: if you have read/watched anything by the likes of Jim Rohn or Brian Tracy, this book will offer you nothing new.
Moral of the story: if you want to change your life, start today. It starts with one pushup that becomes two tomorrow. One dollar invested instead of spent on nonsense. One healthy meal instead of the junk you usually eat. Show up, repeat and grow.
That's the Slight Edge. Good luck.
UPDATE: 72 days after reading this book I've accomplished things that were on my to-do list for 4 years. It really gave me a kick in the pants and helped me see how I was wasting each day. I highly recommend this book for people who have struggled with procrastination or "I'll do it tomorrow" syndrome.
Author clarifies the answer in the introduction of his Slight Edge foundation that can be applied to people carrier, marriage, relationships, friendship, love, and practically to anything in people lives. The best part about The Slight Edge is that majority of principles found inside of the book are just common sense, unfortunately they are often forgotten.
As an illustration, when author says "...The average person spends between 250 and 350 hours every year driving to and from this place and that is 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 are not necessarily the same thing. Doing things won't create your success; doing the right thing will..." we all have to agree with Jeff Olson.
Perhaps a few people will be discouraged comprehending that the slight edge is not some complicated principle, something challenging, mysterious, or something a person has never come across before. Slight Edge is all about the driving force in people lives that bring them closer or distract them from their goals and success.
In conclusion, Jeff Olson's The Slight Edge is very encouraging and motivating book. It is very well-written and simple to read. Because of that, this book is highly recommended for anyone who is looking to change the course of his/her life and ready to become successful. Apply the principles written in this book and you will discover how to make your dreams come true.
A couple months later after reading this book and slowly waking up just 10 minutes earlier each day and working out 5 times a week and I feel like a completely different person. I got home from work sometimes at 10:00 PM at night exhausted and would still go workout because I wasn't discouraged about how weak I was at the moment, I just told myself I would do it to keep the habit going and get just a little bit better. That attitude has made me massively more productive. I wakeup at 6:30 in the morning now and write out my goals for the day, what I'm grateful for, a positive experience I've had, a little quote to remind of something in the Slight Edge book, I meditate, eat breakfast, and then go workout. By the time I go to work or college classes my day has already felt successful to the point where it carries on throughout the day like a snowball effect making my day better and better. This book hit home for me in talking about how happiness creates more success not the other way around.
In the book he talks about little habits to increase happiness and that in itself is worth getting the book. What you do to go from failure to survival is the same things that take people from survival to success if they would just keep doing them. I keep doing those little things each day now and feel like a compounding penny, changing unnoticeably initially but eventually compounding my value a hundredfold.