Book Category: Entrepreneurial, Motivational,

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness (book summary)

Author: Jeff Olson, John David Mann,
Life Changing Principles
Quality of Writing
Overall Value
pros: Inspirational, tons of tips
cons: High level at times
overall rating

Quick Summary

Olson’s The Slight Edge is a great reminder for anyone looking to gain that extra edge in life. It’s a great addition to your library if you are fan folks like Jim Rohn or Tony Robbins.

Key Insights

  • Three gifts in life: Love, Money, and Wisdom (this one is the hardest to earn)
  • The Slight Edge is all about your philosophy or how you think
  • Two types of attitudes: entitled and value-driven
  • Progression of Life: Plant, Cultivate, Harvest (most people don’t like to do the last one)
  • There is no someday, there is only today
  • Every action that is easy to do is also easy not to do
  • Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal
  • You always have a choice
  • Success is not immediate and failure is not instantaneous
  • Show up
  • Don’t fall victim to the Quantum Leap Myth
  • Most children hear the word “No” 40,000 times during their childhood
  • 95% of the population lives a mediocre life; be part of the 5%
  • Ready, fire, aim – approach things differently
  • You are the average of the 5 closest people in your life
  • Steady wins the race

Practical Application

  • Do small smart actions every day
  • Only about 10 people cry at a person’s funeral; stop living for other people

Meaningful Quotes (Optional)

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” – John Burroughs

“Do the thing and you shall have the power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It’s never too late to start. It’s always too late to wait.”

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

“Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny.” — Anonymous (attributed to various)

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