Book Review: “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson

The difference between success and failure is only a fraction. Not over the course of a day or two, but over months and years.

That is the theme of “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson.the-slight-edge-book

I had heard many glowing reviews both online and from talking with others who had read the book so I had to see what all the buzz was about. I had high expectations, which sometimes can lead to disappointment, but this book did not disappoint.

Like many great business and personal development books I have read, “The Slight Edge” philosophy is not complicated or difficult to implement.

In many ways, putting “The Slight Edge” to work is very easy. In other ways, it’s very difficult. Let me explain.

“The Slight Edge” philosophy is built around the fact that we make small mundane choices every day. Choices like should we read 15 pages of a great business book or read a novel? Should we have a bowl of fruit or a bowl of ice cream? Should we buy that new toy or put the money in savings?

The reality is that none of these choices will dramatically change our lives that day or that week. However, compounded over months and years, these are the choices that will determine if we achieve our true goals or face disappointment.

It’s the relatively simple choices that we make every day the makes the huge difference.

Our society wants immediate results and gratification. Many of us do counterproductive tasks every single day and can’t figure out why we wake up 20 years later frustrated.

As Dave Ramsey says, “be a crockpot, not a microwave.”

Success doesn’t happen overnight. Success comes from intentional decisions we make daily.

This book will make you think about your seemingly mundane choices in a new light. It will show you that difference between success and failure isn’t lighting in a bottle or a stroke of luck, but a planned course of action over a long period of time. Maybe that’s not sexy, but it’s effective.

Put “The Slight Edge” on your reading list today. It’s one small decision that could change your life.

Have you read “The Slight Edge?” What did you think?

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