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The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson could be a life changing book for you. We human beings are constantly trying to evolve ourselves and hence we are the only species who have mastered this Planet Earth and have survived a lot of things. Our quest to learn something new and constantly explore new things and improve and optimize existing things is what differentiates us from the other animals. But have you noticed only few of us have been able to achieve whatever I have just mentioned. This is just nothing but the Slight Edge. It is a concept put forward by the author Jeff what would either make us achieve whatever we want in our life.

The author has given a lot of quotable quotes and examples of how one can achieve the edge over others but unlike other self-help books the method given by the author can be implemented to achieve life changing effect on our life.

The book not only speaks how to achieve success and how it translates to our happiness but it has given a sustainable path to achieve it

The book has my favorite quote :

“Do the thing, and you shall have the power.”

Many people read good self-help books but are unable to achieve anything . The author has rightly stated that:

No matter how good the information is, it won’t do you any good unless you have the right catalyst that will let you apply it effectively.

Your philosophy creates your attitudes, which create your actions, which create your results, which create your life. Successful people fail their way to the top. Do the thing, and you shall have the power. The slight edge is the first ingredient, the catalyst you need that makes all the how-to’s work.

Simple productive actions, repeated consistently over time. Simple errors in judgment, repeated consistently over time.
Simple daily disciplines—little productive actions, repeated consistently over time—add up to the difference between failure and success. The slight edge is relentless and cuts both ways: simple daily disciplines or simple errors in judgment, repeated consistently over time, make you or break you.
Without the slight edge, you can start with a million and lose it all. With the slight edge, you can start with a penny and accomplish anything you want.

According to the author :

The slight edge mainly as it applied to four big areas of life: health, wealth, personal development, and relationships.

Let’s make a one-word update to that Declaration: let’s frame our definition of success as: life (health), liberty (financial freedom), and the realization of happiness.

slight edge + happy habits = success

The author has explained the connection between success and happiness in following words:
Happiness is created by doing some simple, easy things, and doing them every day. Success does not lead to happiness, it’s the other way around: more happiness creates more success.

The author has described how to achieve Mastery:

Mastery begins the moment you step onto the path. Failure begins the moment you step off the path.
Wanting is uncomfortable, yet wanting is essential to winning.

There are two ways to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be:

1) you can let go of where you are and be drawn to your goal, or

2) you can let go of your goal, hit the snooze button, and stay where you are.

Chances are good that when you step out onto the path of mastery, you will step out alone.

“Knowledge without practice is useless,” said Confucius, but he added a second line: “And practice without knowledge is dangerous.”

Once you know the slight edge, you know that in getting from point A to point B you’ll be off track most of the time. And you know that it’s the adjustments—those little, seemingly insignificant corrections in direction—that have the most power in your life.

You return again and again to take the proper course—guided by what? By the picture in mind of the place you are headed for.

You may have heard the expression, “It’s not how you plan your work, it’s how you work your plan.” That’s almost true.

The reason why one should continually learn and evolve is put in the following words:

The principal aim in self-investment is to train how you think and what you think.

Mary Kay Ash put it simply: “Give yourself something to work toward—constantly.”

In summary, the Slight Edge is –

Write out your goals and dreams, a simple starting plan, and a single daily discipline: For your health For your happiness For your relationships For your personal development For your finances For your career For your impact on the world

Do one simple, daily discipline in each of these seven key areas of your life—your health, your happiness, your relationships, your personal development, your finances, your career, and your impact—that forwards your success in each of those areas; and Make a habit of doing some sort of daily review of these slight edge activities, either through keeping a journal, a list, working with a slight edge buddy, a coach, or some other regular, consistent means; and Spend high-quality time with men and women who have achieved goals and dreams similar to yours; in other words, model successful mentors, teachers, and allies, and do it daily, weekly and monthly…

This book contains a combination of bookish wisdom and real life  wisdom and hence deserves a place in our shelf.