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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness Hardcover – November 4, 2013
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Hardcover : 280 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626340463
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626340466
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Greenleaf Book Group Press; 8 Anvth Edition (November 4, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
He just uses the words "Slight edge" to justify why only 5% people are successful without every quantifying or caring to elaborate on what exactly he means by slight edge. If you are at absolute rock bottom of your life and have never read a self-help book then yes this book might have some value for you but even then there are better contenders which more bang for your time and money.
Now, 3 years later, I've read (or listened to) over 40 great books, transformed the relationships I have with my friends and family, and has even inspired me to create my own Rise Up movement to pay it forward.
So many people I've shared this book with tell me it's too repetitive, he just says the same thing again and again... That may be true, yet if you read it the way I did, one day, one chapter at a time, you will find that there's more than just knowledge in this book. Used that way it is a catalyst for action.
One final note, this book came to me as a result of a friend giving it to me. He read it and thought it would be helpful for me. My transformation is the ripple effect of another man's transformation. That, and the slight edge change over the pastcouple3 years is enough of proof for me to know the power of this message and stick with it for the rest of my life. I'm 23 now... I got a long way to go.
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.
So after knowing how empowering the book was for me, I buy this book in HARDBACK, and share it with special people. I buy the hardback with hopes they will continue to read it and hopefully it will not fall apart like my paperback.
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I learnt how powerful our habits really are and how I need to make the easy choices everyday to take a step towards my goal, I learnt to give it time (like the Grand Canyon took time to create) I learnt the key story of the tortoise and Rabbit - slow and STEADY wins the race.
Now I no longer over work myself, I have created 2 new habits every couple of weeks, I have seen my confidence grow and I have so much excitement knowing that just by staying on the slight edge of keeping my new good habits, my success is inevitable.
MUST READ for everyone and yes I'll be raising my children on this philosophy :D
Refreshing as change is not presented as a specific set of predetermined steps to achieve success on your life path. Instead it describes exactly what is says on the cover, slight positive adjustments made over time, facilitates change; the repetition of this theme was not overly burdensome as it is integral to the message. Small baby steps repeated over time effects change.
My biggest issue, and reason for missing star, was that the premise and diagram of 5% achieving and 95% not achieving, was great on first pass, but did not fully stand-up on my finicky reflection. The graph would not be symmetric - but I do understand why it is shown the way, as it is a great visual aid. Further while I agree to the general premise that everything is curved, and there are few straight lines on your life path, if I have doughnut (95% zone) but then blitz out a 90min workout (5% zone) I would zig-zag my way along my life path and conceivably stay neutral – forever? And if financial compound interest really did work for us John Dow then we would need any book?
All that said, I did really love the book.
I was recommended The Slight Edge by someone I connected with on Facebook, and it has been the ultimate game changer for me.
The best way to describe this book is that is was the missing piece of the puzzle which brought everything I had read so fat to a point where it all made sense and could be applied effectively through The Slight Edge.