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The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life

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The Slight Edge will teach you how to achieve success in all aspects of your life - health, finances, relationships, family life.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Momentum Media
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No Remorse
Mar 18, 2011 No Remorse rated it really liked it
I heard this guy speak at a business meeting not even knowing who he was, I liked what he had to say and decided to buy and read his book. It was a great read and I am now aware of the slight edge and have added it to my lifestyle and philosophy.

Notes & Quotes:

"The formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure." - Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (founder of IBM)

Book: Start Late, Finish Rich by David Bach

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is vi
Feb 05, 2009 Joe rated it liked it
Recommended to Joe by: people who fail with self-help books
First off, if you're looking for something that's well written, don't pick up this book. The author isn't eloquent, is insanely repetitive, obsessed with money, and could have most likely fit the actual content of the book in a tri-fold brochure. However, some of the things that he has to say are powerful, and for that reason alone I finished the book and seek to apply the principles to my own life.

So, what are some of these principle? In short, I'd say the book is about learning how to retrain
Omar Halabieh
Jan 25, 2014 Omar Halabieh rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading The Slight Edge - Secret to a Successful Life by Jeff Olson.

Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "The Slight Edge is not just more good information. It's not another self-help success book packed with some revolutionary "new best way" of doing things. You don't need that. Nobody needs that. All the "new and better" information is already available and has been for years. This book is designed to help you use that information. Th
Jan 29, 2013 Aaron rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
He has a good message which can be summed up as "little, progressive steps daily" or "you can't eat an elephant in one bite."

There, you just read the book.

His examples are heavy handed, boring, shoe-horned and altered to fit his needs, and repetitive.
At one time he uses quantum physics to make his point, then later, he uses gravity in a negative context, over and over and over. Yet, if you've read any quantum physics, you'll know gravity doesn't exist as a force. Thus his writing contradicts its
Oct 24, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
The book has one decent premise behind it: make small but continuous changes in a positive direction and over time you're bound to meet success. Is this true? Of course. Do I need to hear nearly every sentence repeat the same idea in almost the exact same way? Compounded by mediocre, and at times nauseating, analogies that don't add anything? N.O.
May 03, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing
Wow - once I started this book I didn't want to put it down! This book is a MUST read for anyone wanting to achieve ANYTHING in their life! If there is an area of your life that you want to, financial, relationships, career, etc...then you must read this book. The crazy thing is, we all know the basics of the information shared here. It's not earth shattering new stuff. And yet, I bet, you, like me, aren't applying what we know to be true. This book was like a swift kick in the ...more
The pity of this book is that, while the overarching message is solid, you have to wade through Olson’s often overbearing self-help rhetoric to dig out the substance. Like most self-proclaimed self-help gurus, he feels the need to talk ad nauseam about how successful he is and how many successful people he’s worked with. “A number of these people [I’ve worked with] have become millionaires, to the point that somewhere along the way I picked up the nickname ‘The Millionaire Maker’” (pp. 25). He a ...more
Shaun Messick
May 20, 2012 Shaun Messick rated it it was amazing
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson is a book that is a must read for not only people looking to improve their lives, but for people who need motivation and support. The Slight Edge is by far one of the best self-improvement books that I have ever read. The concepts about success and improvement are so simple, yet I needed to read them in a book to understand them. This book has given me a foundation for a success philosophy that will bring all my dreams of success into reality.

For instance, Olson sta
Geneva Murphy
Jan 02, 2013 Geneva Murphy rated it it was amazing
This book made me realize many things about myself that I desperately needed to change. The greatest or I should say worst thing was snoozing! I have been a snooze alarm addict from the earliest memories of ever having to get out of bed in the mornings. I heard this is deception. I thought that was crazy! I read this book & never hit the snooze again! It's been probably 3-4 yrs now. I love how the phrase, "It's easy to do, & easy not to do" is repeated throughout the entire book. Habits ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Idellah rated it it was amazing
I've read reviews of this book that complain that it isn't 'well written'. Having read the book for content and context, I put aside these complaints and found a brand new world full of old wisdom. The Slight Edge is common sense brought to life. Mr. Olson speaks specifically about the little things we overlook or put off doing that cumulatively make a HUGE difference - in the end results. The thing is, because they are 'little things' its easy to do them - or NOT to do them - and this is what m ...more
Marcin Woźniak
Mar 07, 2013 Marcin Woźniak rated it it was ok
Listened to an audiobook.

To be honest, "The Slight Edge" dould be summed up in a leaflet of four pages. The premise of the book is

-take action
-don't sacrifice long term goals over short term satisfaction
-"easy to do, but also easy not to do
-take action
-have a plan, do it and review it
-take action

The last part of the books is a rehash of well known platitude, served as a holy wisdom and not supported by any scientific research.

I don't really get how it has such high average rating here on Goodrea
Sara Stafford
Dec 29, 2012 Sara Stafford rated it really liked it
The premise of this book is simple, each day we're faced with many seemingly insignificant choices that turn out to be significant after a while. Should I exercise for 20 minutes or sit on the couch watching TV? Should I grab a cup of coffee at Starbuck's every day or should I have coffee at home? Should I start investing money now or wait until later? None of these choices are going to make or break you - today. It's the effects of many, many choices compounded over time that determine where yo ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! Anyone who struggles with getting anywhere in life, this book's principles will take you where you want to go. (But you gotta know where you want to go. Haha.)
Mary-anne Gillespie
Mar 27, 2013 Mary-anne Gillespie rated it it was amazing
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson is an amazing book! It is literally loaded with some of the best core advice to succeed I've read in a long time.

The book was easy to read, kept me wanting to continue!

There is so much positive candy in this book that one cannot feel like they aren't empowered to achieve anything after reading it. What I love is that the basic principle of this book is not just applicable to business but to anything in your life. If you want a better body, better marriage, better b
Jamaul Finley
Mar 16, 2013 Jamaul Finley rated it really liked it
Jeff Olson is renowned for his work in the industry and The Slight Edge is another good book. Most people try to talk themselves up and their ego tends to bleed through the message. That makes me put my guard up and suspicious.

What I like about this book is the way Jeff delivers the message without the "I know it all" attitude. He talks about his personal struggles and throughout the process you start to relate to him on a whole new level.

The Slight Edge is about the driving force in our lives
Katelyn Smith
Nov 28, 2015 Katelyn Smith rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I would say that the principles taught in this book definitely deserve a 5! I love the principle of small, consistent choices changing your life. And even though the idea seems obvious, Olson does help his audience understand why so many of us don't do follow through with our goals (action items are simple to do and simple not to do). The writing style was pretty obnoxious a lot of the time and definitely self-aggrandizing. This screamed "self-help" to me and also sounded like a pyramid scheme, ...more
Jennifer Trendowicz
Jun 15, 2008 Jennifer Trendowicz rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. I read it because I thought it would pertain to me in a business sort of way but I am always surprised by these books - they are ones everyone should read! This one is a great wake up call to those who want to succees in life - in any area. It calls attention to what we do everyday - whether it is going to the gym, school, work, eating right, reading, etc - whatever it is we do makes a difference in the long run. to be successful at anything in life you just have to keep doing the ...more
Aug 12, 2013 Pas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I agree with the point the author is trying to make...I absolutely hated reading this book. The book is not long, but trying to get through it is like pulling teeth. It could be much shorter than it is. Plus, the author comes across as someone I wouldn't want to be friends with.
John Yelverton
Jun 19, 2014 John Yelverton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a colossal waste of time, as the author merely repeats what everyone already knows, and then spends the rest of the book patting himself on the back for his ingenuity. There are many, many, many better self-help books out there.
Patrick Riehlman
Jul 25, 2011 Patrick Riehlman rated it it was amazing
Anything is possible if you commit to doing the small things daily
Jan 28, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
This is one to return to often, to re-read or to review. Jeff Olson's Slight Edge is just what the title says, it's all about the slight edge to put you in to a success mode. That slight edge is so simple as to just show up -- consistently, every day; steady wins the race; and cultivate habits. But it's also just as simple to not just show up consistently every day -- and that's what makes the difference. If success were a quick fix and all that is needed is to buy this Internet system, then ev ...more
May 18, 2014 Lance rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
I completed the slight edge in a little over 30 days. At the authors instruction, I took the time to read "10 pages" (for me one chapter) per day.

I think perhaps the most valuable lesson I got out of the book, wasn't the material in the book. More the ... "essence?" of the book. Honestly I tried to read 2 chapters in a day a couple times. I found the level of repetition was driving me up the walls. The various stories, anecdotes, and the like that rehash over, and over... and over is mind numbin
Oct 22, 2015 Amel rated it really liked it
The author was repetitive, he didn’t say new stuff, and he kept putting it in various ways & forms, but from time to time he might mention something inspirational & strong. It was a short read, very short, only couple of hours & probably that's why I picked it up, plus I'm not a fan of those cliché slefhelp books. It was the exact battery charge I needed at this specific time & the book just did the job.
Oct 22, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It teaches in simple, common sense steps, how to make great strides in whatever direction you want your life to go. Because of reading this book, I have rethought a number of my slumbering goals, and brought them into clear focus with daily, consistent baby steps.
Adrienne Cobb
Aug 19, 2013 Adrienne Cobb rated it it was amazing
This book was mentioned in a VERY short list of motivational books one should read...and after reading I can see why it made the cut. If you know anything about compound interest, then you can get the basic premise of the book: that small "right" things done over periods of time eventually lead to success.

But before you think you now no longer need to read the book let me point out that Jeff Olson expounds on that quite a bit and really does a great job of hitting it home with numerous analogie
Oct 09, 2012 djcb rated it it was ok
At a colleagues' recommendation, I read Jeff Olson's "The Slight Edge"; a self-help book with the idea that great changes in life are the sum of little changes every day; well -- true enough. The pivotal thought experiment is a choice between getting a million dollar now versus getting a penny on day-1, doubling each day of a month. "Surprisingly" you should choose the penny, duh. It is then silently assumed that many of the slight daily changes form such a geometric progression... in other word ...more
Jerry Smith
Apr 05, 2009 Jerry Smith rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable and thought provoking look at what makes successful people that way and unsuccessful people the way they are too. Essentially makes perfect sense - it's the little things that add up over a long time that make the difference. Are you making good choices or bad decisions?

The advice is actually obvious which makes it more valuable - these things need to be pointed out as they are just as easily missed. Most interesting his take on societal expectations of "get it today". The need t
Teya Peck
Mar 16, 2015 Teya Peck rated it it was amazing
Excellent book to help you put a plan in place doing little things with consistency makes big success. The thing is these are little things that are easy to do and easy not to do. Your philosophy and attitude determine it. Love it!
Paul Preston
Jul 19, 2016 Paul Preston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read...and follow

I only wish I had read this earlier, although it's never too late to start. A book about small steps and sticking with what you start to lead you to a better life in all aspects
Estephen Devera
May 16, 2013 Estephen Devera rated it it was amazing
One word, Amazing book!! This is definitely a must read book if you're looking for motivation. It's not only about motivation but also an insight of how we all should be functioning on a daily basis. After reading this, you'll be able to realize how ANYTHING you want is achievable. The good thing about this is, everything is basic, there is no secret but the only thing that's important is how we use every single minute, every action we do, every opportunity we take; just simple steps compounded ...more
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“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.
“The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.” 27 likes
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