The Slight Edge Review:
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson is a fantastic book that takes a closer look at the compound effect on our habits and decisions.
The core lesson of this book is that success is achieved by repeating small disciplines and taking small, ever-increasing steps. Our focus should be on continually being better today than we were yesterday.
This commitment to the process of growth is the difference between compounding the effects of our small efforts, staying the same, and even compounding errors in judgment towards disaster.
It begins with our philosophy and values, which shapes our attitude and actions, which determine our results.
This book revolves around several core concepts:
- What is easy to do is easy not to do
- Small decisions compound and lead to great success
- It is never too late to start
Jeff Olson did a great job of distilling the concepts in The Slight Edge into easily understandable concepts that are actionable.
At the end of the day, consistent effort will produce the results that we work towards!
The Slight Edge Book Overview:
The book begins by exploring The Slight Edge philosophy in several stories. Jeff also shares a few stories where you get to see The Slight Edge in action within people’s lives.
The book discusses how philosophy affects everything in your life. It acts as your compass and determines your attitudes, actions, results, and the quality of your lifestyle.
Olson also discusses why some things we do are easy, yet at the same time, they are easy not to do. This can affect our lives in seemingly subtle ways. You may not see the results right away, but that doesn’t mean they are not significant.
In order to see any results, we need to start somewhere. All it takes is the smallest first steps. The initial steps may feel uncomfortable, but as you take more steps, you gain comfort in your disciplines.
Sometimes it seems that ‘overnight successes’ and great results come from dramatic leaps. However, most of the successes we see are The Slight Edge in action, and we notice the compound effects after we see the results..
Understanding the concepts in The Slight Edge can help you intentionally leverage your small disciplines and efforts towards producing maximum impact. You can apply these insights and ideas to any area in your life. Before long, you will begin to see and feel the benefits!
The book is a pretty quick read. I recommend using the knowledge in this book to take consistent daily action to reach your goals. You may be surprised with how well compounding works when you apply it towards your growth!
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