The Slight Edge : Book Review

A personal policy I have is to never endorse anything of which I haven’t personally benefited. Having said that, it should be of no surprise that this is going to be a very positive review. I am a voracious consumer of information. Specifically, information that contributes to my personal growth and productivity gets the majority of my attention. Of the hundreds of books I’ve read over the years, I listed the Top 10 here.

Recently, I’ve found myself referencing a book that I left out of my Top 10. I’m not sure as to why other than it simply didn’t come to mind when I compiled my list. The book of which I’m referring is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The Slight Edge has contributed to my success, my most recent successes, as much as any other book I’ve ever read. Because of this gem, I’m consciously aware of the impact of my small, seemingly insignificant, decisions throughout the day. In a nutshell, the little things add up… in a BIG way.

The Slight EdgeA personal policy I have is to never endorse anything of which I haven’t personally benefited. Having said that, it should be of no surprise that this is going to be a very positive review. I am a voracious consumer of information. Specifically, information that contributes to my personal growth and productivity gets the majority of my attention. Of the hundreds of books I’ve read over the years, I listed the Top 10 here.

Recently, I’ve found myself referencing a book that I left out of my Top 10. I’m not sure as to why other than it simply didn’t come to mind when I compiled my list. The book of which I’m referring is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The Slight Edge has contributed to my success, my most recent successes, as much as any other book I’ve ever read. Because of this gem, I’m consciously aware of the impact of my small, seemingly insignificant, decisions throughout the day. In a nutshell, the little things add up… in a BIG way.

The book doesn’t introduce any real new philosophies or ideas, but Jeff Olson uncovers the simple, eternal truths about success and failure. Knowing these truths gives anyone that chooses to apply them the “slight edge.” In an era where many are searching for the “silver bullet” to success, or believing they can magically manifest their goals simply through “positive thinking,” The Slight Edge reveals it as it is… it’s the simple habits, routines and/or rituals (good or bad, by the way) compound over time that produce results.

The “breakthrough mentality” that has consumed our society, those in pursuit of higher achievement, is leading the majority that subscribes to it down a disappointing path. Adopting this poisonous mentality will take its toll on your financial prosperity, health, relationships, etc. The Slight Edge forces you to look at your life, where you are in it and get clear on how you ended up there. The book reveals what will really get you from where you are to where you want to be… and it ain’t no magic incantation, meditation or wishful thinking.

I read the book and listened to the audiobook a couple of times. I will continue to refer to it as it’s practical and useful. The Slight Edge is the missing ingredient in the countless self-help books available today. In fact, it makes the perfect companion book for every personal development and business book you can think of… even the classics. Don’t read another “how to be successful” book before reading this one next, and then keep it at the ready as you turn the pages of subsequent “success” resources.

Put The Slight Edge right up there with Rich Dad Poor Dad as my personal recommendation of required reading in high school. What a different country this would be if our school system would act on this recommendation.

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