The Slight Edge

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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.

Boy ReadingI’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?

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Rainer
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Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Sounds like a great book, I may just have to head on over to Amazon and check it out!

Nov 24, 2012 12:10 PM #1
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Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

This sounds like a good book, Tim. I will have to look for it. The basic philosophy reminds me of Proverbs 13:11 - Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. :)

Nov 24, 2012 12:16 PM #2
Rainer
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John & Irma Nelson
San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes

i will have to check out that book - sounds like a good one ...working on finishing a few books that i have first

Nov 24, 2012 12:38 PM #3
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Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

One small penny for man, one big buck for mankind. A penny saved is.....................

Nov 24, 2012 12:48 PM #4
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Tim Denbo
VirtualTourCafe, LLC - Pleasanton, CA
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Brenda, I hope you do, and then let me know how you liked it.  I am really enjoying it, 10 pages a day...

Rose, Yes, absolutely right!  We have lost the understanding of sowing before we reap, we are all in such a hurry, we want to go from planting to reaping...  We need to slow down and learn to sow a little more!

John & Irma, I was working on Good to Great when I was told this was even more important, so I put it on hold until I finish this one.  It's actually pretty short, about 190 pages.  I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think of it when you get done.

Thank you for your comments!

 

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