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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness Hardcover – November 4, 2013
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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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.
I see others complaining that this book isn't as good as the first edition. I never read the first edition so I have nothing to compare it to. And though it is repetitive, the points being made (which are what actually matter) are vital and meaningful. I recommend this book 100%.
The way he has refined, clarified and expanded the message is hugely helpful.
If you are looking for a "magic wand" none exists (though, in many ways, the results of employing the slight edge is as close as it gets...)
In a nutshell, The Slight Edge is exactly what the name implies, all you need to do to create your own success is choose to employ a slight advantage (a slight edge) in everything you choose to do by making the easy choices (those which are easy to do, those that are even easier not to do) all day long, all week long, all month, long...
You get it, those "slight" choices are the slight edge.
Employing them, habitually, will yield huge results.
Best of luck to you!