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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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No secrets in this book, just time tested wisdom and universal laws that can be applied by anyone committed to their success.
What is "The Slight Edge"? It's simple, really. The difference between the 5-percent of people who achieve massive success in their lives and the 95-percent who do not is due to what Olson calls The Slight Edge. Essentially, we all have the ability to make the small choices each and every day that will either lead us to big success down the road--or failure. If plotted as a curve, the people who make the "right" choices, and the people who make the "wrong" choices, seem to be at about the same level on the graph for a majority of the time. But eventually those on the success curve begin to rise exponentially, and those on the failure curve decrease exponentially. This is not intended to be a scientific representation, but it's meant to illustrate the effect that consistently making either the right or the wrong choices has on accomplishing your life goals.
The Slight Edge breaks down specifically what you need to do to succeed, and how to define, track, and achieve your goals in an easy-to-understand manner. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who wants to better their careers and lives.
There are long reviews and so I will give the short one:
Two concepts basically:
to quote Jim Rohn who inspired the book:
"Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced everyday." And that is what this book is about: success is doing things that are simple to do, the only problem is, these things are simple to do, but they are also simple NOT TO DO. The slight edge decision, compounded over time, makes a drastic difference.
In order to succeed, you have to "Master the Mundane". The seemingly trivial mundane daily tasks repeated over and over again, compounds.
Success is not revolutionary; it is evolutionary, one mundane disciplined task at a time. When you repeat the mundane task with the slight edge in your favor, then you have called upon the most powerful force in the world; compound interest. Your life is a compound interest; it can work for you or against you.
"I know not what the 7 wonders of the world are, but I know the 8th is compound interest" (Baron Rothchild)
Should be on the bookshelf of everybody who wants to succeed. It should sit right between "Think and Grow Rich" and "The Richest Man in Babylon". It is on my shelf.
This should be required reading. I give this book as graduation gifts to everybody.
Advice: Read the book with a highlighter.