A Summary of The Slight Edge

Here is a brief summary of one of my favorites books The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. It explains one of the simplest yet the most useful ideas that should be necessarily understood by every person on the planet.

There is bowing the seeds and cultivating the harvest. But in between, there is a process which people skip, and that is the slow natural process of growth.

It’s easy to be successful. Why are not many people successful then? Because it’s also easy to be unsuccessful. Success lies in doing simple easy things over a long period of time.

Actions which are easy to do and easy not to do.

Good philosophy turns into positive attitude, that drives good actions which finally leads to good results and lifestyle.

Abundance of information available. To make that happen, look into that information from a better philosophy.

Positive philosophy comes from positive books, and associating with positive people.

Processor helps you avoid finding that quantum leap to success instead of small compounding decisions every single day.

Slight edge is about those small good decisions.

Starting anything: highest anxiety and lowest knowledge. Goal is to have more knowledge which brings anxiety down.

Grow good knowledge.

Learned knowledge. Books, people, web.
Leads to Activity knowledge. Do the thing you have the power. Most people want the other way round.

They work in a cycle. Back to learned knowledge, back to activity knowledge, back again.

Same book is different for us next year due to this reason.

Modeling knowledge. See and do what successful people are doing and associate with them. Law of association: average of 5 people around you.

Be a leader. Inspire other people through.
Teaching knowledge. However, everyone wants to go from learned knowledge to teaching knowledge, thus skipping the activity.

Learned knowledge -> activity knowledge -> learned knowledge … until you are worthy of being modeled. It’s then when you become the teacher. You can’t go from learning to teaching.

That’s when everything explodes for you.

2 similar people: one finds success and the other doesn’t. Why?

Successful people take responsibility, even when they can justify with a valid excuse. Even when somebody has done something wrong and you’re right in blaming someone. Because as soon as you blame, you give up control.

Unsuccessful people are constantly blaming something or someone else.

Successful people live an uncomfortable life first because they are making a lot of uncomfortable decisions compared with everyone else, but comfortable later in life.

Unsuccessful people are comfortable in the beginning because they’re doing what everyone else is doing. But they become uncomfortable later in life.

Successful people are willing to do what unsuccessful are not: living out of their comfort zones, living where the opportunities are.

Opportunity is created in a moment of decision. Positive and negative decisions compound gradually over life.

You don’t become a failure by eating unhealthy or not listening to a good book for 15 minutes a day. But compounded over 365 days in a year, it will have a massive impact on your philosophy, and your attitude and then your activities.

These decisions don’t matter much initially in that moment but over time, either you go to top or bottom. Every single decision.

These are easy to do and easy not to do. Understand the power of this slightest edge.

The slight edge is a philosophy. Embrace it in every decision.

Huge impact in the first year but massive in the following years.

Greatness is made in the moment of that decision.

Every new beginning is another beginning’s end. I’m a product of my past but I’m not a victim of my past.

What you feed your mind is as bit critical as what you feed your body.

Size of the problem determines the size of the person.

On a funeral, only 10 people on average cry. After the funeral, the biggest factor that determines how many people follow on the burial is the weather.

People who are on the success curve are pulled by the future while those on the failure curve are pulled by the past.

80% of everything you do tends to get done in the last 20% of the time available! If you don’t create a concrete deadline, that last 20% never seems to arrive. And you’re always living in the 80% time that says, “some day …”.

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