The Slight Edge
As a member of a small mentoring group, it was recommended by one of the members this month to read a book called The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson. Now every month we have several book recommendations and some I read and others I mean to read and just never get around to it. Well, this one seemed to be recommended so highly, it struck me as a must read. I ordered it from Amazon that night, received it a couple of days later and I am now a little over halfway through it.
I’m not a fast reader, I like to take my time, absorb the material and okay, frankly my eyes start to drift off to sleep after 10 or 15 pages… and this book is no exception, but I am really enjoying the book and wanted to pass it on to those of you who may not have read it yet, and are looking for that “slight edge” in your life, your health and/or your business.
One of the first stories he tells in the beginning of the book about the “power of a penny” was told to me when I was just a boy, by my father. My father also gave me the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I learned a lot from my Dad!
The main philosophy of this book is that we are all looking for the “magic bullet” or the “big break” and in contrast, most successful people got to where they are not by making one big leap, or by one stroke of luck, but instead by doing very small, seemingly meaningless tasks every day, day after day until one day, as if by magic, all of these tasks built up into something very meaningful and very substantial.
Every decision we make and every task we do, or don’t do, all add up to the slight edge. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, as the author points out, it is also just as easy not to do those minor tasks and to make the wrong decisions every day! As an example, spending 15 minutes every day walking or exercising is easy to do and will no doubt improve our lives. Unfortunately, it is just as easy to not walk or exercise every day. Which decision do we make? It could make a major difference in our lives, not today and not tomorrow, but 10, 20 or 30 years from now…
This is one of those books that I will put right up there with Think and Grow Rich, Good to Great, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People and many others. I highly recommend it! So, what have you read lately and would you recommend it?