Book Review: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Another favourite book of mine is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, which covers in great depth how to use the knowledge you already have in order to make profound changes in your life. It isn’t necessarily about continuously acquiring new information but recognising that the choices we are making every day are affecting us in either a positive or negative way.

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The Slight Edge uncovers the simple truths about success and failure. Anyone who knows these truths will have the “slight edge” over those who don’t. Early in the book, Olson explains the Slight Edge Life Paths as shown below.

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One of the best quotes from the book is: “The right choices and the wrong choices you make at the moment will have little or no noticeable impact on how your day goes for you. Nor tomorrow, nor the next day. No applause, no cheers, no screams, no life or death results played out in technicolor. But it is precisely those very same, undramatic, seemingly insignificant actions that, when compounded over time, will dramatically affect how your life turns out.”

The real message of the book is that the things you do every day, the things that don’t look like they matter, do matter over time. Those things you do daily make all the difference.

Olson goes on to share The 7 Slight Edge Principles as listed below.

  1. Show up. Most of success is showing up. This can also refer to simply starting something, for example, a new habit, or giving something a go.
  2. Be consistent. The things are usually easy to do are also easy not to do. Showing up consistently is where the magic happens.
  3. Have a good attitude. Attitude is everything. Having a good attitude has proven to be a key longevity of life.
  4. Be committed for a long period of time. To master anything takes time. Be prepared to put in up to 10,000 hours to get really good at something.
  5. Have faith and a burring desire. Desire is what gets you up early and what keeps you up late. It’s what keeps you going when you face adversity.
  6. Be willing to pay the price. Anything worth having is worth working and paying a price for. If you’re not willing to pay the price, the price of neglect is far worse than the price of commitment.
  7. Practice slight edge integrity. This is about what you do when no one is watching. It is also doing the thing you said you were going to do well after the mood you said it in has left you.

There are many gems in The Slight Edge that can be referred back to over and over again. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend getting a copy today. If you have read the book, feel free to leave a comment below on what was your biggest takeaway.

Question: What are some of your slight edge habits or activities?

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  • The Slight Edge is one of my favourite books! Jeff has a real talent in explaining that little tasks done over a long period of time can yield very different results.

    Nee, thank you for summarizing this awesome book into such an easy read!

    Viola Tam – The Business Mum (Sydney)

    • Neel Raman

      I think you’ve just reminded me that I should read this book again! 🙂 It certainly is an extremely valuable book to anyone who applies what is shared in the book. Thanks for your comment Viola! 🙂