When I was searching for my next book to read, I was reading reviews about “The Millionaire Next Door” just to see how people were perceiving it. One of the reviewersput a recommendation to read “The Slight Edge” as well. So I was curious to know what this book was about and did some research on it and thought it warranted for me to read it. So I went ahead and borrowed from the library and as of this writing, it’s overdue and hopefully I can get any fees waived (crossing fingers). It took me while to read through since I had it throughout the holidays and too busy writing other content for the blog.
The Slight Edge is a self-help book that provides ways to create good habits and eventually turn into success and happiness. Olson did a good job of pounding this theme throughout the book and with good reason. The book provides insightful ways to turn your current mindset in which you may have some bad habits like constantly soda instead of water and start that small step of developing a habit of drinking that glass of water. It may be only that one day of drinking it but if you keep doing it daily your mind will have this regular occurrence of going to the water instead of the soda.
What is This Book About
Olson sets up the book from the beginning by comparing the beach bum to a millionaire. He describes how he used to be a beach bum and with this slight edge, he has developed to turn into a millionaire. And by millionaire, he does not mean by the wealth but how to look forward to each day, week, month, and year. You need that joy, love, fulfillment, great relationships, passion and excitement to have that success you want to have. Olson provides numerous points of how the “Slight Edge” works and living in the “Slight Edge” throughout the whole book and gives his personal experiences on how creating these habits and mindsets has got him to the success he has today.
Points that Stuck Out in the Book
Not Falling for the Quantum Leap – Olson describes the ‘Quantum Leap’ as hoping to win the lottery someday, but you can’t depend lottery as you way out of your financial troubles. It’s the same when you’re trying to get into shape and you have your New Year’s resolution to hit the gym a few times a week only to quit within that first month. They quit because their expectation is to reach that fitness goal instantly but when they don’t, they immediately drop that resolution and quit going to the gym. What they do not know is that it’s a gradual progress to reach that goal of losing x amount of pounds and having a slimmer waste line. Running that treadmill for 2 hours straight everyday will not reach your goal. And even if you do, you have to maintain your workout after reaching your goal. It’s always a gradual process. That is what the slight edge is all about, doing the little things constantly and being patience to reach your goals. Having that big breakthrough should not be your expectation rather getting into the habit of keeping going up those small steps.
But you have to start with a Penny – Almost like the last point where the emphasis is the power of compounding. It’s not just about compounding your finances but also keep building up your skills, knowledge, and effort. Adding that new skill or knowledge one day or even a month at a time will compound into having many skills and/or being very knowledgeable. All it takes is the effort, if you really want to have that new skill and build that knowledge, you have to go out there and make it happen.
Invest in Yourself – Olson stresses on having continuous learning because it’s the wisest investment you can make. Learning through books and by experience gives you a great combination of book and street smarts. You can read all the books you want but if you do not go out and execute what you have learned then all of it is words. It won’t help build your business, creating a fulfilling life and be happy. It’s great that you are getting knowledge by reading and listening but to make it more satisfying, you have to go out there and make something happen. Olson mentions theirs a cycle for learning and I agree to it. He says that ‘Learning by study, learning by doing. Read it, apply it, see it in action, take that practical experience back to your reading, deepen your understanding, take that deeper understanding back to your activity.’
Closing Thoughts on The Slight Edge
Definitely a self-help book but not your average one. Olson really made some great points about having this “Slight Edge” as something of creating good habits and when you develop them, it can compound into a great skill. Learning by reading books and taking action by going out there and implementing of what you read is what Olson wants to see. He also points out the mindset you need to for the “Slight Edge.” Being surrounded by people who want to succeed like you and looking up to mentors can really push you to strive for the goals you want to accomplish.
I recommended this book to anyone who is looking to motivate themselves and find that ‘Slight Edge’.
Any thoughts about ‘The Slight Edge.’ Have you read the book? If so, please share your thoughts on it.