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The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success Paperback – May 4, 2011

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The Slight Edge makes you aware of the unwritten rules that we all live by and just weren't aware of. Jeff explains these principals in an easy-to-understand manner that will have you re-evaluating those 'insignificant' decisions you make every day. --John C. Maxwell, Founder of The John Maxwell Company and best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Success in life comes one day at a time and, as Jeff Olson suggests, one step at a time. The Slight Edge will show you how your daily decisions can be the ultimate key to your success. --Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead with LUV

This fast-moving book teaches you one of the most powerful, practical and important success principles ever discovered. It can change your life! --Brian Tracy, Author of The Way to Wealth

About the Author

Jeff Olson has built several multimillion-dollar sales and marketing organizations, hosted seminars in every major city in the United States, and produced more than 900 television programs centered on personal development. 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Success Books; Revised edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193594486X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935944867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is truly a book I would recommend to anyone...and the only reason I would ever recommend a book is if it's had significant, real personal impact on my life in practical ways...and this book has done just that. It's caused me to be more consciously aware of the slight edge when making small, seemingly insignificant decisions throughout the day.

Jeff doesn't necessarily offer up a new philosophy or idea in this book. But he uncovers the simple, eternal truths about success and failure, and he calls it the "slight edge": simplified disciplines (good or bad) compounded over time. This principle, which is true to everyone, everywhere, can be recognized and applied to EVERY area of life.

He explains how our society has been inundated with what he calls the "breakthrough mentality": how we expect success and completion to come easily and quickly. He breaks down the slight edge and how it affects your financial prosperity, health, relationships, etc. This book really causes you to look at your life, where you're at, how you got there, and the choices you can make daily to get to where you want to go.

I have read the book, I have listened to the audiobook. I will continue to refer back to it's principles.

Bottom Line: It's easy reading, it's practical, it's useful. Not only would I recommend this to everyone (which I RARELY ever do for a book), but if I was in charge of things, I would make this a required text in high schools.
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This is probably one of the most important books / audios that you can use. The slight edge is always working either for you or against you. It is key to understand the difference. Jeff Olson does a great job in this work. For more free book reviews, please check out successprogress.com
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It could be the shift in our thinking these days or maybe it was always like this. Taking responsibility seems to be less and less of an American trait among adults and, therefore, it will be a less likely trait of our children. As ashamed as I am to admit this, it took me over 30 years to begin to accept responsibility for my actions and for the situations I was at in life. When I did, EVERYTHING CHANGED.

When the switch got flipped for me, I was reading a book a friend suggested: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. A week before I began the book, I had just encountered what felt like a devastating blow to my business. My earnings dropped over $3,000 in just two weeks. Things were not going as I had planned. I fell far shy of the goals I had set for myself. All the time and effort I had poured into my business looked as if it had not paid off and I felt like I lost control of where I was going. So I did what most people would do… I blamed everyone except for myself. I starting pointing the finger and saying, “this person didn’t do what they were supposed to do and this person didn’t do that, etc.” To me, there were a bunch of people at fault and none were the person in the mirror.

You know when you lie about something long enough, you start to believe it? Well, it works the same way when you’re blaming others long enough. The more you blame others, the easier it becomes and the more you believe it yourself. You will actually start believing it’s their fault. The problem with that is, it takes the focus off of the one person that can change the circumstances… YOU. The only person you can control is you. You can’t control other people’s actions.

I prayed for things to get back on track.
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I really enjoy this book. It validates me for the things I have done right or am currently doing right and it keeps me on the right path. I have recommended it to my friends that are going through AA/NA and to my family. If you like self help books then this is a must have. I have this book in paperback, kindle and audio!!! When ever I need encouragement, it's at my fingertips. Audio is my favorite. I have 3 kids and anyone with kids knows that as soon as you curl up with a good book, they need something! lol My commute to work is now my way of staying focused.
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About two years ago I had this book as a complimentary gift. I got curious and played the CD during my commute to and from work/errands. Long story short, I had much better awareness of myself and was able to do the simple but powerful things that guarantees success in all its forms. The message in this book is no secret The author puts it in a way that is uncomplicated and realistic. Right at the beginning of the book the author tells you that this is not "quantum leap" type of book. The author is honest enough to tell you that you don't need a 2000 year-old gurus or mantra to get the life you envision. I liked this book because of its simplicity and directness. The author also does an excellent job on explain how to make the law of "sowing and reaping" to work in our advantage...if we have patience and are realistic.
Fast forward 2 years, I lost all 3 CDs. I'm one of those people who believe that building character takes not just practice, but also constant exposure to the sources that reminds us the fundamentals.
Last week I had to decide whether to achieve the CCIE certification program. In my industry, this program is known to be for the elites professionals. it is said that "less than 3% of Cisco Certified engineers obtain CCIE certification and less than 1% of the networking professionals worldwide." The process of obtaining this requires iron will, brains, and patience.
Long story short, I decided to go after and obtain that CCIE cert. I knew I needed something to keep me not just motivated but also to remind me of the core principles to achieve full potential. I selected 3 books that I will use as moral compass. I selected this book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, As A Man Thinketh, and Brian Tracy's Eat That Frog!
In a nutshell, I would recommend The Slight Edge to anyone willing to not just live a successful life, but also achieve the inner peace that comes when we know we are living up to our core principles.
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