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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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Shaun Messick
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
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.
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.)
Jamaul Finley
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
Geneva Murphy
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
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
Jennifer Trendowicz
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
Patrick Riehlman
Anything is possible if you commit to doing the small things daily
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
Omar Halabieh
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
Mary-anne Gillespie
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
Adrienne Cobb
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
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
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
Sara Stafford
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
Estephen Devera
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
Chris Kunselman
You're either in a state of blame, or you understand that you are responsible for where you are in life. After reading this, I understand why so many live lives of quiet desperation. They think it's someone else's fault. The slight edge is why you fail and also why you succeed. The American culture leads people to believe that success is gained instantly. The slight edge teaches you differently. What you think, multiplied by your daily actions, plus time equals success in what you endeavor. Ever ...more
I usually do not care for self-help/motivational books, because I think if people have enough common sense, there is no reason to read what you already know. This book is mostly one of those but it did have a couple of things that I felt were new ideas or a better perspective of existing ones. Would I recommend it? The best way to put it, if someone asked me if I read any self-help books I liked, I would mention it as a reasonable one. (I read it, because a friend literally put it in my hands an ...more
Marcin Woźniak
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
Randal Figgins
I've read the Kindle version and listened to the audiobook version. The audiobook is a better buy since it contains all the information at a fraction of the time commitment. The audiobook is also less repetitive.

Sadly, I'm not happy reviewing this book. I would have preferred to be able to say, "This book was a solid __ rating." Instead, my feelings are polarized. You know that feeling when something has aspects you love, but other traits you strongly dislike? For instance, a decade ago I had a
the good: the book has some truth is the easy things that actually over time really make a difference, i give him that, from reading anything as small as 10 pages a day.

the bad: holy sh!t this book feels so fucking plagiarized. it perhaps is me because i like reading other books on self improvement but chapter 17 tackled the "7 key areas of life" is the same areas as the core of the book Empowerment The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It,which the book is also pseudo on things but better
Amy Graver

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

“No matter in what arena, in life or work or play, the difference between winning and losing, the gap that separates success and failure, is so slight, so subtle, that most never see it.” ~ Jeff Olson, page 87

This is the philosophy behind “The Slight Edge” written by Jeff Olson whose book begins with a very relatable and engaging personal story of how we all – at some point in our lives – find ourselves at life’s cross
The slight edge concept is very simple: do the small things consistently to win in the long run. Yet, this simple advice, as the book points out, is just as easy to NOT do and it is TO do. That is how we get a 200 page book from a one-line philosophy. I found most of his additional insights helpful in considering how I might apply the slight edge, and I especially liked the last chapter where he has you write down exactly how you are going to use the material. Isn't that what most book lack? A t ...more
Andrea James
I would give this book's main premise a much higher rating - the author's point is that we achieve or fail mostly by the compounding effect of our little everyday choices. This is something that a lot of people, including me, often forget. We worry about the big decisions but usually it takes more discipline, persistence and focus to repeatedly make the little choices at each moment.

Other reviews mention that the book basically expands on this one point, which actually I didn't mind as so much b
Wildebeest Dormington
Mr. Olson isn't an artful writer. He's the first to admit that he's not particularly talented. The advice he gives isn't particularly ground-breaking either. He's the first to admit that too.

However, I have never read a more optimistic and complete description of the philosophy of delayed gratification and consistency. If you already live this philosophy, this book will help you be conscious of it every day. If you want to adopt this philosophy and already believe you should, this book will give
I normally wouldn't give 4 stars to what I would say is a poorly written book. But I love the idea presented that it is the little things/habits/choices that made daily are what make the difference in our lives. It suggests a great foundation for application of the big ideas of some of my favorite books (7 Habits, As a Man Thinketh, etc.) and reiterates much of what I learned in CoachU. It is short and direct. I will refer back to this one.
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