The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson, John David Mann (2013) Hardcover Unknown Binding
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I learnt how powerful our habits really are and how I need to make the easy choices everyday to take a step towards my goal, I learnt to give it time (like the Grand Canyon took time to create) I learnt the key story of the tortoise and Rabbit - slow and STEADY wins the race.
Now I no longer over work myself, I have created 2 new habits every couple of weeks, I have seen my confidence grow and I have so much excitement knowing that just by staying on the slight edge of keeping my new good habits, my success is inevitable.
MUST READ for everyone and yes I'll be raising my children on this philosophy :D
Refreshing as change is not presented as a specific set of predetermined steps to achieve success on your life path. Instead it describes exactly what is says on the cover, slight positive adjustments made over time, facilitates change; the repetition of this theme was not overly burdensome as it is integral to the message. Small baby steps repeated over time effects change.
My biggest issue, and reason for missing star, was that the premise and diagram of 5% achieving and 95% not achieving, was great on first pass, but did not fully stand-up on my finicky reflection. The graph would not be symmetric - but I do understand why it is shown the way, as it is a great visual aid. Further while I agree to the general premise that everything is curved, and there are few straight lines on your life path, if I have doughnut (95% zone) but then blitz out a 90min workout (5% zone) I would zig-zag my way along my life path and conceivably stay neutral – forever? And if financial compound interest really did work for us John Dow then we would need any book?
All that said, I did really love the book.
I was recommended The Slight Edge by someone I connected with on Facebook, and it has been the ultimate game changer for me.
The best way to describe this book is that is was the missing piece of the puzzle which brought everything I had read so fat to a point where it all made sense and could be applied effectively through The Slight Edge.
The beauty for me was turning the mundane tasks into positive or negative choices, rather than things you must do. You can not not do them if you like, but as long as you understand that it has negative effects.
I'm only a third of the way through the book and I felt absolutely compelled to review and thank the author as I have woken up this morning and decided to go play in a rugby tournament that all week I have been thinking of an excuse not to attend. It really is a 5 star, straight talking reality check.
Overall a powerful concept and rallying cry . Maintain the daily Slight Edge !
Interesting and not too ott or using examples ofpeople succeeding after already having wealth from corporate work.
Great for those of us really starting from debt or low incomes.
Compliments alot ofmy other money books well.
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I enjoyed reading this book and I'm pretty discerning - first sign of a Tony Robbins ra-ra session and I'm gone.
But enjoying it isn't all that happened. Over the course of the week I found myself consciously aware of making little decisions, totally in line with the philosophy. I'm not hyping here when I say making the right decisions and doing the little things I might not have done (because it would have been easier not to) have made a HUGE difference in my attitude, how I feel physically, and my hope for the future.
Reflecting upon my reading, I saw myself and also saw people I care about who would be open to the message - so I've bought two more copies as gifts, and am planning on getting the "teen" version for some young people who I know will really benefit.
In conclusion, if you're feeling STUCK or if you just want to figure out how to improve your life, read this book and start following the principles. It's that simple - no earth shattering, over-night results - just simple little things you do day after day after day.
The entire 277 pages can be summed up to "Continue to make small changes and they will turn into large changes". I just saved you the time.
Ich selber habe erkannt, wie einfach es tatsächlich sein kann, in jedem Lebensbereich täglich etwas zu tun, das einen den eigenen Zielen näher bringt: Sei es im Bereich der Gesundheit, des persönlichen Glücks, der Beziehungen und Freundschaften, der persönlichen Entwicklung, der Finanzen oder der Karriere (die genannten Lebensbereiche im Buch). Man muss nur entscheiden, was einem wichtig ist, und dann dabei bleiben, solange es notwendig ist - oder für immer.
Etwas muss ich nich anmerken: Das Buch ist wirklich sehr "amerikanisch", mit vielen Beispielen und Namen aus den USA.
Nella sua "semplicità" (specie all'inizio) sembra dica banalità, ma in realtà poi ci si rende conto di quanta verità vi sia contenuta e di quanto poco si pensi che sia proprio il ripetere le azioni che si fanno ogni giorno a fare la differenza.
Io ho letto il libro in inglese ed è veramente ben scritto, con esempi concreti e utili. Non so se nel frattempo sia stato tradotto in italiano, io consiglio comunque la lettura in lingua originale.
Ne vale veramente la pena!!! Lo ricomprerei subito.
Welche Dinge ich umgesetzt habe und mir sehr helfen:
- ich lese seit einigen Monaten täglich etwas "sinnvolles" (wenn ich mal keine Zeit habe, weiche ich auf ein Hörbuch aus) -> man eignet sich doch in sehr kurzer Zeit Wissen an, welches man sonst nicht haben würde.
- als Routinen für ein positives Mindset schreibe ich ein Journal(pos. Ereignis/pos. Gedanken) und überlege täglich 3 Dinge, für die ich dankbar bin => für mich ist es doch sehr beeindruckend, dass man mit diesen kleinen Dingen seine Gedanken recht positiv lenken kann. Leider neigt man häufig dazu, die kleinen positiven Dinge nicht wertzuschätzen und sich eher auf negative Ereignisse zu konzentrieren.
Fazit: lesen lohnt sich! Ich hab das Buch auch schon Freunden in die Hand gegeben und bisher waren alle recht begeistert
Underlines and highlights all those simple decisions, we were making throughout our lives without even considering the impact of it.
Point to take from the book:
Baby steps when compounded over time yeilds enormous super human achievements
Miracles do happen .. with slight edge ... and it's application one can improve in all aspects of life just by doing small things over a period of time.
Save yourself the money and read the cliff notes somewhere online. The basic message is to keep doing whatever it is that bears fruit for your future and stop doing the things that are detrimental to your future.
This book reminds us with the audacity to say that "WE are responsible for Ourselves!!!
How we cope with past and future is based Not on someone or something else but on how we think AND how we deal with all the small things every day.
Enjoy and grow
Since I read it, took notes from it, reviewed it and created very clear and defined objectives (you won't need other book to do that, following the advice in this book is just fine), I have implemented several changes in my life, which have lead to a much better efficiency at work (I'm a professional poker player), and also in other areas of my lfe (health and finances), and I'm definitely happier.
Totally recommend it, it's a masterpiece.
As a "negative" note, I will say it's a little repetitive, but that's the whole point of these books I guess, and it's not boring. Also, the style is not great, but I guess Jeff Olson is not a writer.
An absolute must! One penny at a time :)