The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness Hardcover – November 4, 2013
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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.
The beauty for me was turning the mundane tasks into positive or negative choices, rather than things you must do. You can not not do them if you like, but as long as you understand that it has negative effects.
I'm only a third of the way through the book and I felt absolutely compelled to review and thank the author as I have woken up this morning and decided to go play in a rugby tournament that all week I have been thinking of an excuse not to attend. It really is a 5 star, straight talking reality check.
Overall a powerful concept and rallying cry . Maintain the daily Slight Edge !
Interesting and not too ott or using examples ofpeople succeeding after already having wealth from corporate work.
Great for those of us really starting from debt or low incomes.
Compliments alot ofmy other money books well.
I would say the first 40% of the book seemed repetitive and annoyingly stating the obvious but then something clicked and became absolute life-philosophy tutorial gold. Give the book a chance you won't regret it.
Yet it’s littered with stories, quotes and wisdom, which is enlightening, transformative (if acknowledged as such and used accordingly) and it’s a book I can say I would never regret reading.
As I was going through the pages, it truly reminded me of the different habits that have caused me to succeed or fail over the years and it helped me reflect more on what is to come.
It’s a great reminder that simple often is the best way forward and that consistency really is the key.
I thoroughly recommend this book. Not as a sure and fast way to success, but as a reminder that every action has a consequence and so being positive, consistent and thoughtful about our actions really does reap benefits in the long run.
Thank you for the reminder Jeff and all the more success to you in the future!
If I want to start a business, I have to work on it every day. If I want to write a book, I have to work on it every day. If I want to learn to tap dance, I have to do a little bit every day. You get the idea!
If you’re looking to make any kind of change in your life I absolutely recommend reading this book.
I read the book as I began my self employed journey and highlighted so many little errors and slight misjudgment. I implemented so many tips from the book but as time went on the bad habits/disciplines slowly crept back and I was on a downward drifting cycle. I had to take it back and a year later reread the book. I was applying the slight edge at a different stage of my life and it was like a new book to me. I will re read again