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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness Hardcover – November 4, 2013
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.