Why You Should Read the Slight Edge

Updated on December 8, 2018
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The One Thing Required To Breakthrough To Success

When our backs are against the wall and the situation becomes do or die, most of us find a way to do whatever it takes to get ourselves moving, to start climbing upward toward survival. However, what often happens is that when we reach that point where the danger is in the rear view mirror, we find a way to sabotage ourselves yo-yo back towards flirting with the thing that nearly burned us.

Whether it be the struggle to lose weight, stop smoking, improve a relationship, earn enough to make ends meet, why does this happen and is there anyway to truly breakthrough to permanent success? The short answer is yes. It only takes one simple thing:

Keep Doing What You Were Doing

That's what slight edge living is all about. How to make habits out of simple, easy to do disciplines to achieve massive success. Not only have I recently finished reading this excellent book, but as I continue to practice the 7 Slight Edge habits I am continuing to reap the benefits and I believe you can too.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen

All You Need Is A Penny

What do you do when you see a penny on the ground? My father use to say that "it wasn't enough for him to exert the effort to bend over and pick up". I laughed when he said that, but now after gaining a deeper appreciation of how small beginnings compound into massive success, this is no longer a joke.

Through the power of compound interest, that single penny doubled over a period of only 30 days could turn into over $5 million bucks!

Key Principle of The Slight Edge

The principle of doubling a penny, a small easy to do behavior applies in virtually every area of our lives. Sure, you can do the big New Year's resolution thing and make a big commitment on something you want to achieve in a year or you could start doing something really easy like starting everyday thinking about 3 things for which you are grateful as a way to kick start your day. In a year, you would have come up with over 1,000 reasons why you are grateful. Could that make an impact in your life? I'd venture to say yes.

As you read through each chapter, you start to discover more and more how small shifts in your behavior consistently performed over time can have a positive compounding effect in your life and well before you finish the book things begin to change.

The power of compounding is not just a financial concept. As Jeff Olsen shows, it is a key principle that applies to every area of our lives when we adopt the slight edge lifestyle.

The principle of compound interest
The principle of compound interest

How To Feed Your Mind With Inspiration For Success

Even though I have enjoyed reading from the time I was a kid, there were many times when I cracked a book open, started reading it and then got distracted without actually finishing the book. Early on reading in my reading of this book however, I learned this simple discipline :

Just read 10 pages a day

Believe it or not, if you can just get yourself to read about 10 pages a day of an upbuilding book, within the span of a month you can generally finish and in 12 months you will have fed your mind with a tremendous amount of inspiration and learning. As I noted in my profile, I consider myself to be a success enthusiast. What this basically means is that I tend to focus on personal development books and over time I have built up a library of works such as:

  • Think and Grow Rich
  • The Power of The Subconscious Mind
  • Thinking and Destiny
  • The Law of Success
  • As A Man Thinketh
  • The Science of Getting Rich
  • How To Win Friends and Influence People
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • The Millionaire Next Door

You get the idea. There are hundreds of excellent books which can help you achieve virtually any level of success you are seeking, but you have to start with a penny. You have to read them and implement at least one recommendation in your life to see the compounding effect over time.

Well by reading just 10 pages a day, on average 1 book per month, 12 books a year, 60 books in 5 years, amazing growth and change can certainly occur. So this slight edge habit is doing wonders for me because by this one simple practice I have completed 3 books in the last 3 months and I'm now into the Law of Success by Napoleon Hill.

This is why I love the slight edge. It has taught me a number of ways to improve my life in several areas already and the more I apply the strategies, the more happiness I am experiencing in my life.

Do the thing, and you shall have the power.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson Essay on Compensation

Cultivate Slight Edge Habits

Now here are 7 more things that I have come to appreciate about the slight edge - the 7 slight edge habits. By the time you get to chapter 15 where these habits are discussed in detail, you will likely have already begun to implement some of them. These a jewels and once you begin to practice them over a period of time your appreciation will grow more and more.

Show Up
Actually DO what you decide or commit to.
Be Consistent
80 percent of success is showing up every day
Have a Positive Outlook
See the glass as overflowing
Be Committed for the Long Haul
It takes a long time to grow an old friend
Cultivate a Burning Desire Backed By Faith
Passionately want to achieve and believe it is possible for YOU
Be Willing to Pay the Price
You can't get something for nothing, take the time, energy, effort to invest
Practice Slight Edge Integrity
It's all about what you do when no on is watching

I could go on and on about how much I've gotten from this book, but the true value comes when you decide to buy it, read it and apply the recommendations that Jeff Olsen gives.

Honestly, if there was only one book you were to read this year, in my opinion it would be this one.

I created a YouTube channel as part of my strategy to deliver more value and the video referenced below is really a YouTube Live where I discuss these slight edge habits and share a little bit more of what I got from reading Chapter 15. I sincerely hope you do decide to read this book if you have not already done so. It is definitely one that I will be reading multiple times.

I would enjoy hearing your feedback. Let me know what you think.

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    © 2018 David Allen Sievers


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