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The Edge: How The Best Get Better

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The very best didn't get there by accident.

The best have a different way of thinking and acting in their daily lives. And it's not enough to just to succeed - they also have an uncontrollable desire - the desire to get better.

The good news for the rest of us is that success leaves tracks. Michael Heppell has spent his life studying successful people, attempting to distil what it is that the very best do that others don't. He's interviewed entrepreneurs, personalities and leaders from politics to education. He's studied the daily habits of the elite and during this time he's uncovered what they do that gives them 'The Edge'. By identifying and distilling this knowledge you'll discover how you can use this same insight.

It's time to find your Edge.

352 pages, Paperback

First published September 27, 2012

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Author 22 books9 followers
June 29, 2014
Waffle, flim-flam and at best a superfluous skim across the surface of having the Edge. Somehow, Heppell spends the whole book saying not quite enough to be useful, but just enough to keep the reader engaged. Not without value, it's possible the book had a mission too great for the word count.
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February 8, 2020
A motivational book, with practical helpful steps for people who want to succeed in their career.

These are some of the ideas that caught my attention:
"Values conflicts occur when you have valid but potentially opposing values on your list."
"You've had a values clash and that's why you're feeling like you've let yourself down."
" Making decisions is much easier with a strong set of values."
" One of the challenges we all face is that we view the world, and other people's behaviors, through our own set of beliefs and values. "
" when you rewrite your values, you rewrite your destiny. "
" Once you find your key to being enthusiastic it's much easier to be fired up about anything. "
" You will attract more of what you are. "
"Asking questions is easy. It's the quality of your questions that is most important."
" He looks at every failure as a brilliant learning opportunity."
" Flip the disappointment into motivation and focus on feeling great."
" Look for the best in people."
" When you start to meditate it's like taking the blindfold off your mind. "
" The four magic words: i need your help. "
" If you don't develop talent you will lose it. "
" Leaders decide where to go; managers decide how to get there. "
" The combination of reason, experience, information and intuition that's so powerful. "
" Massive actions equal massive results. "
" Not pushing for perfection, but pushing to make things better. Continuous improvement. "
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May 30, 2017
The best have a different way of thinking, acting,and talking in their daily lives and it's not enough just to succeed they also have an uncontrollable need to get better. Michael Heppell has spent his life studying successful people attempting to break down what it is that the very best do that others don't.
This non-fictional novel has tought me many things. To be the best, effort must be used To your fullest potential, all successful people work hard whether it's for school for a job or a small family business, Effert can change your perspective and mind set. I would recommend this book to anyone who are considering giving up. I rated this a 5 because it really changed my perspective on life and what direction I should take.
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1,460 reviews83 followers
February 10, 2014
Edgers are dissatisfied, and it translates to a desire to find a solution.
They check if the solution is within their circle of influence. If it is, they do it fast, and do it now.

Be clear of your values (adaptability, honesty, integrity, compassion, curiosity, gratitude, positivity, growth, trust, adventure)

When in a sticky situation, focus on the now what, not the why.

A pessimistic view stagnates.

Notice everything (presence and awareness)

Park negative thoughts by thanking your mind for them.

Edgers challenge education because of underutilised mental resources.

Implement a programme to nurture talent, remember succession planning.

Selfless leadership.

Resourcefulness, use what you've got.

All performers know how to read an audience.

Intentions empower enquiry (why are you asking the question?)

Bigger audiences require bigger actions.

Don't forget who brought you to where you are today.
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2 reviews
February 12, 2014
A really easy and insightful read. There's annotation captions throughout the book which is unique and helpful.
24 reviews3 followers
August 11, 2014
Covers a lot of ground, with lots of short chapters.
Don't know who the book is aimed at though, regrettably didn't take much from it.
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