I just finished a great book and wanted to share it with you. In fact, I’m telling just about everyone I know about it because I do believe its concepts are that life-changing. The book is easy to read with lots of interesting stories. After completing it, you’ll understand why some people are so successful and others aren’t, even when they’ve been presented with a similar opportunity. And, you’ll understand the philosophy you must embrace to see that success yourself.
As the back cover describes, “The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success you desire.” After reading the book, I can promise you that it does just that.
The “slight edge” is the philosophy by which you approach the things you do. It applies to just about anything: health and fitness, finances, relationships, parenting and so much more. It’s the concept that it all comes down to the simple decisions you make every day. These are simple things that are “easy to do, and easy not to do” but have invisible results, i.e. you don’t see results right away.
For example, if you walk one mile today – that’s fairly easy to do. It’s also easy not to do, as sitting on the couch would be even easier. If you do it or if you don’t do it, tomorrow won’t be significantly different (hence the “invisible” result). However, if you walk one mile every day, in a year, you’ll be much healthier.
Here are a few other concepts I liked from the book:
- Blame vs. Responsibility: it’s not what happens to you but how you respond that makes the difference.
- Look up and ahead: people on the path to success look up (physically even) and forward into the future, rather than down, and into the past.
- Mastery: “Mastery is not an exalted state that lie at the end of the path; it is a state of mind that lies at the very beginning.” Olson goes into some depth around mastery, using the example of how a baby is a master at walking because he knows from the beginning that he will master walking, and he never gives up.
The philosophies in this book are easy to understand and even better, to put into practice. If you implement the slight edge philosophy you will join thousands of others and see huge results! Check it out, and get yourself going!
If you liked this book review, you might also enjoy my thoughts on The Go-Giver or Let Go.
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