The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson:
With this being the first month of the Flourish in’ 20’s book club it is only appropriate that we start with the mother of all how-to’s in order to understand and implement all the information that is out there in the self-development world.
Author Jeff Olson successfully demonstrated the power of doing small tasks and how they can lead to your success over time.
He also explored the power of compound interest and how time is your best friend.
The Slight Edge is a philosophy. It is a way of thinking. The Slight Edge is, therefore, an important tool or processor of information in the self-help world.
“This book can be described as the how-to of all the how-to’s out there.”
The author emphasizes how there is so much information out there and somehow people’s lives are not changing. The Slight Edge is, therefore, a way of taking this information and implementing it in your life. It is a way of processing the information in the self-help books.
Our results and lifestyle are because of our actions
Our actions are due to our attitudes
And our attitudes are due to our philosophy
Now what Jeff talks about is that in our fast-paced world where we are so result-driven, people look to their results and lifestyles to see that the strategies they are using are working. This is not the right way to do it. There is no way that you can look at your results to determine that you’re doing the right thing because they are influenced by your actions which are in turn caused by your attitudes and those are influenced by your thoughts.
The Slight Edge will change your thinking and mindset. This will change your attitude and your attitude will change your actions which will change the result that you get.
“Success is a progressive realization of a worthy deal.”
These small actions that lead to success are very easy to do but the danger is that they’re also easy NOT to do, which is where a lot of people go wrong.
Another thing is that making the right choice through the Slight Edge and doing the Slight Edge action is not dramatic.
If you decide that you’re going to start waking up early, there probably will not be anyone there to applaud you. It will not be dramatic at all which is why a lot of people tend to skip those actions because they feel like they are not worth it.
“It is important to know that the Slight Edge is always working. “
Understand this Philosophy in order to have it work for you.
For the people who do not understand the Slight Edge, it works against them.
People who have the Slight Edge working for them are on the success curve of the Slight Edge, they are moving forward.
People who have the Slight Edge working against them are on the failure curve moving towards failure.
It is important to know that nothing is stagnant, everything is moving. So you cannot say that you are somewhere in the middle you are either moving up the success curve or you are moving down the failure curve.
“You have a choice. “
Every single moment in your day presents you with a choice.
And according to the book having a choice is the greatest gift of all. The beautiful thing is that we all have a choice at every single moment.
If you decide that you were going to skip the gym today, tomorrow, or even this week, then you are making a choice to have the Slight Edge work against you. You place yourself on the failure curve.
If you decide that you are going to working an extra hour on your business or on your career every day, you are deciding to move upward towards success. You are deciding to be on the success curve, even if no one’s there to applaud you at that time.
An important thing that I learned from this book is that in the beginning the success curve and failure curve run in parallel for a long time.
So, in the beginning, it is not easy to tell which direction one is moving. The small actions are leading you somewhere even though you can’t tell where you’re going right now.
An emphasis is made on how successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. They take responsibility for what happens to them and live in “cause”. They make no excuses. Another big thing in the book is living out of your comfort zone: in order for you to be truly comfortable later in life, you need to be uncomfortable now.
The slight Edge helps you turn your dreams into a reality. You can apply it to health, personal development, relationships, your finances, and your entire life.
The Slight Edge is a way of life and it is important that you know it so that you ensure that you are on the success curve. You need to ensure that you are part of the 5% that achieve their goals. Understand the Slight Edge and apply it every single day. to ensure that it is working for you and not against you.
To summarise, the Slight Edge is about the small tasks, the baby steps, the little things, a penny’s worth compounded over time.
The biggest change that reading the Slight Edge book has brought to my life is being able to recognize the choice that I am making at every moment and deciding to make the right choice that is going to lead me to my success.
I have been able to take the knowledge that I learned in this book to process the information that I’m learning in other books. So when a book recommends an action that I need to take, I choose to do it because I know that it will lead to my success. And that is the secret that successful people know. They don’t do things because they feel like it, that they do things because they know that it will lead to their success and that is what the Slight Edge teaches you.
“The Slight Edge is the beginning of it all.”
If you are on a journey to better yourself, knowing how slight Edge works will help you process all of the other information out there. The reason why people don’t succeed is not that they don’t know how to succeed. The information is out there but you need to know how to process it and that is what I learned in this book.
I was only to capture the information that resonated with me when I read the book. As I learn and apply this knowledge, the book will seem different with my new knowledge when I read it again. So to ensure that you capture the information in the best way that is suitable for you, read the book for yourself. And re-read it once you have applied all of this information.
Please share the lessons you learned from the book in the comments section below.