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The Slight Edge

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  20,355 ratings  ·  1,494 reviews
The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire. Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It's not just another self-help motivation tool of met ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 4th 2005 by Momentum Media (first published January 1st 2005)
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Lisa Van Gemert It's not well-written, but it has good ideas. Skimming is acceptable.
It's not well-written, but it has good ideas. Skimming is acceptable.
Christie Basically using micro actions over time to compound results. What's easy to do is easy not to do. It's been a game changer for me.…moreBasically using micro actions over time to compound results. What's easy to do is easy not to do. It's been a game changer for me.(less)

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Omar Halabieh
Jul 21, 2013 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 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
Mar 06, 2011 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 violen
Oct 23, 2012 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. ...more
John Williams
This book and philosophy changed the way I do a lot of things. The simple concept that our actions compound for good or bad is nothing new but Jeff's book does a fantastic job at keeping it simple and makes it something you should think about often. The slight edge in life and business is very real and I think this is a must read for everyone. ...more
Sean Liu
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The idea is simple: consistently doing small, seemingly insignificant habits will lead to huge, positive outcomes / conversely, not doing them get lead to huge, negative outcomes.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about the idea, but the book is awful. Even beyond half-way the author keeps hyping up this idea of "the slight edge" (which is painfully obvious he's trying so desperately to make it a catch-phrase), saying things like - and I'm paraphrasing - "you know that thing you've always wanted? The
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
> Every day, every moment you're either working towards failure (simple errors in judgement) or success (simple daily disciplines)

> Only 1 in 20 people achieve the success that they want, so most of time what you do will go against what everyone else is doing

> "Failure => Survival" activities can also take you from "Survival => Success"

> Philosophy => Attitudes => Actions => Results => Life

> Simple daily disciplines (little productive actions, repeated consistently over time) add up to the diffe
Katelyn Smith
Nov 28, 2015 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
May 02, 2011 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
Sara Carini
Nov 28, 2012 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
Apr 14, 2012 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
Sep 27, 2013 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.) ...more
Mary-anne Gillespie
Mar 27, 2013 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
Jasper Burns
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
I agree with everything Jeff says. That is partially why I found this book so useless.

He does a good job organizing the book—I like the method of presenting his information, some stories backing it up, and then some summarizing concepts at the end. This is good for drilling in the point. However, the messages are all so obvious and uninteresting as to not be of little use. The Slight Edge, although not really well defined and with apparently shifting definitions throughout the book, seems to be
Shaun Messick
Mar 20, 2012 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
Amir Tesla
This can be a really useful book if read as the starting point of one's journey for success and can be drastically boring for those who have been on the road before.

I can say with great confidence that this book is merely a compilation of other's works specially Jim Rohn and I found almost nothing genuine from the author himself.

The whole point of the book could be summarized in this sentence: "Success is daily positive and seemingly insignificant actions repeated over time which are easy to do
Geneva Murphy
Dec 18, 2012 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 aren't e ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could sum up this book in a few sentences: success is built by making tiny daily decisions that lead you in the direction you want to be. Every action you take either moves you toward or away from success. The actions are all "easy to do, but also easy NOT to do." Just like how a penny, doubled each day, increases slowly at first and then builds to be a fortune over time, so can your small, easy actions (like saying no to that donut) lead you to success over time (being healthy).
I only read t
Marcin Woźniak
Mar 04, 2013 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
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so much better than the majority of personal development books. Practical, focused, clear--Olson's book is the kind of work that subtly shifts an open reader's thinking and enables him or her to make small but effective changes that reap big rewards in the long run. I will remember this book for a long time. ...more
Nathan Evans
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Easy to do, just as easy not to do" will be forever ingrained in my mind ...

That phrase has already aided me in making numerous healthy changes in my daily patterns. I love it because it's a realistic reminder of the small but compounding impact of every single small decision.

It may feel a bit verbose at times, but all those extra anecdotes serve their purpose ... Great book!

John Yelverton
Jun 12, 2013 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.
Mehdi Khazaeian
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple but practical strategy to nurture our abilities to achieve our goals is introduced.
We heard in order to be happy you have to be successful. This assertion is true, but vice versa!
In my opinion, too many quotations are brought in the book which sometimes you see it as a flyer for other books!
Tammy Elliott
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best "self help" book I've ever read. I wish I'd read it years ago. A dear friend recommended it...he gives it away to work associates. I think I will start gifting it to could be a life changer.
Give this one a chance; it is not full of pie in the sky, over-the-top motivation. Instead it offers extremely down to earth, realistic, EFFECTIVE tips on how you can improve every area of your life if you're willing to make the smallest investments of yourself. Exceptional book.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One the THE BEST books ever!

This book has drastically SHIFTED my thinking! I am on my way to be the best version of myself ... but remembering to start with my PENNY!
People who keep up their habits that push them toward their best selves do better is the real takeaway. Which is fine, but holy moly, he pretty much cites the same three white dudes over and over, throwing in Ghandi and Rosa Parks to mix things up. The "good books" people should read that he offers in the back are almost exclusively white men.

It's fine? A life coach I really dig raves about this book and I think she's way oversold it.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok. I know I don't read personal development books and here I am, reading two of them in two weeks.

But this book did something the others didn't manage to do. It spoke directly to my philosophy, or at least the one I try to cultivate. It was the personal development book I was secretly waiting for without knowing it already existed.

This book is all about the little things that you do, consciously or not, the slight edge that separates people living a good life and those struggling and complaini
Tanner Marcum
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly this book has revolutionized my day-to-day life. I know that sounds cliche but it’s true. I’ve introduced a dozen or so daily habits in the last couple months that have helped me become more happy, productive, curious, and engaged in my own life—the Slight Edge helps you recall that you’re the captain of your own life and helps you retain control of the wheel! I can’t recommend it highly enough—or importantly, I can’t recommend actually DOING what Olsen invites readers to do enough beca ...more
Wendy Henning
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a personal development book every so often. While I usually agree that the ideas within such books are valuable, I rarely follow through. This one, however, aligns nicely with my lazily determined way of thinking. "Slow and steady" is philosophically comfortable, and this book shows you the importance of each of those components. It pairs nicely with a book I recently read about kaizen, the philosophy of continuous improvement. ...more
Horus A
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The message in itself is insane because it is truly life changing. HOWEVER the author always talk money and conceptual happiness, is way too repetitive and talks too much about his concept without ever giving more than 1 or 2 habits to have. To sum up you NEED to read this book and to get bored in a way to get the information and complete on your own with the practice. It is simply a trigger.
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