So what exactly is the “slight edge”
The slight edge is a simple yet powerful philosophy. It is a way to change the small and seemingly meaningless decisions you make every day in such a way that it affects your entire attitude towards life.
The philosophy behind the slight edge is to do all the tiny things that appear to be trivial but have a tremendous impact when done consistently over time. These actions usually don’t produce any immediate results (that’s why most people won’t do them), but with time, they become the seeds of your future.
Success is more like a marathon than a sprint
People want instant results, but true success takes time, success takes the compound effect which kicks in after you repeat the same action over and over and over again. You must be willing to do what most will not do with discipline and persistence. The price of neglect is far worse that the price of commitment.
Most people live with one foot in the past, saying ‘Only if things had been different, I would be successful.’ And the other foot in the future, saying, ‘When this or that happens I will be happy/successful.’ And they completely ignore the present, which is all we really have.
The Slight Edge Philosophy by Jeff Olson
When you were a tiny, little child, you made your way around the world on your hands and knees crawling. Everyone around you was walking and one day you got it into your head to give that a try.
So, little by little, you worked on developing the skills you needed to walk. You grabbed on to something above you and pulled yourself upright. You stood up, holding on to a table or chair or big stuffed animal. Wobbly and unsure, you let go,
fell down, and tried again and again, until you stood up all by yourself. Then, you took a step.
The older people you watched took one step after another: right foot, left foot, right foot, left…but you managed only one step-and you crashed.
After days of side-stepping around the coffee table, awkwardly bringing one little foot out from behind the other while you held on to Mom’s or Dad’s fingers, you eventually took your first couple of steps… all alone…all by yourself…and (hopefully) to the
cheers and applause of your family. Baby steps. One at a time. And you were WALKING!
IN THE PROCESS OF LEARNING HOW TO WALK, you probably spent more time failing than you did succeeding. But did you ever have the thought of
quitting? Did you ever tell yourself, “I’m not cut out for walking-guess I’ll crawl for the rest of my life?” No, of course you didn’t. So, why do you do that now?
The answer is alarming, yet simple:
Somewhere along the way in your life, you became unwilling to take baby steps. You lost faith in the universal truth that the simple little disciplines done again and again over time would move the mightiest mountains.
Shakespeare said “to climb steep hills requires slow pace at first,”
But now you put your trust in achieving breakthroughs…making quantum leaps
…instant this, instant that…hitting the lottery. You began a habit of settling for less, just because more was so far out of your reach. You forgot about the most proven, powerful success philosophy on Earth- “The Slight Edge.”
WINNING IS ALWAYS A MATTER OF SLIGHT EDGE
Who can forget that moving moment of triumph in the ’94 Olympics when American speed-skater Dan Jansen at last overcame years of discouragement, disappointment, and frustration to finally win the gold medal in the 1000 meters, setting a world
record of one minute, 12.43 seconds?
Do you know by how much of a margin Jansen won?Twenty-nine hundredths of a second! That’s a very slight Edge!
A PENNY A DAY, DOUBLED FOR A MONTH
… If you were offered $1,000,000 (one million dollars) right now, or a penny a day, doubled each day, for one month, which would you choose? Unless you’ve read this illustration before, like most people, you’ll probably choose the right-now
million. But you’d be making the wrong choice. One penny, doubled every day for a month adds up to $10,737,418…and 24cents. Compound interest.
Watch the video below to get a better idea.
IF YOU WERE TO IMPROVE just .003 each day- that’s only 3/10 of one percent, a very slight edge-and you kept that up for the next five years, here’s what would happen to you:
The first year, you would improve 100 percent (you would already be twice what you are today The second, you would improve 200 percent. The third year, 400 percent. And the fourth, 800 percent. And by the end of year five-by simply improving 3/10 of one percent each day-you will have magnified your value, your skills, and the
results you accomplished 1,600 percent. That’s 22 times more than you are today.
THE SLIGHT EDGE IS EASY TO DO
-and it is easy not to do.
The Slight Edge philosophy is based on doing things that are easy-little disciplines, which, done consistently over time, add up to the biggest accomplishments. The problem is that all those things that are easy to do are just as easy not to do. Why is something easy not to do? Because if you don’t do it, it won’t kill you today. But, that simple, seemingly insignificant error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill you, destroy you, ruin your chances for success,and demolish your dreams.
Take, for example, the health issue of fat and cholesterol in your diet. Would you say that it’s a good idea to eat at least a pound and a half of butter each day? How about drinking a quart of saturated oil? “Hey, my cholesterol’s way down to 200-got to get it up above 300.” Crazy, right? Sure it is-but millions and millions of people are doing it every day. Why? We know what’s good for us: fresh fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates like whole grains, unsaturated fats and oils, fish and chicken instead of beef. So why do we keep digging our graves with our teeth? It’s easy to eat well-right? It’s easy not to-right? And when you eat that hamburger, you won’t die, will you?
No, of course not. But that simple error in judgment compounded over time will ruin the quality of your life and eventually take you out of your life forever!
The key that unlocks The Slight Edge
Educating yourself is the critical ingredient in The Slight Edge philosophy. You must
acquire the knowledge you need to master any subject, and pursuit that will contribute to your personal and professional growth and development.
There are three ways for you to get this knowledge:
1) Studied Knowledge
2) Activity Knowledge
3) Modeled Knowledge
Books, tapes, seminars, training; read, listen, and attend everything you can; then,
read, listen, and attend some more…study. READ 20 PAGES OF AN INSPIRING, INFORMATION – RICH BOOK EVERY DAY. Pick books that make a contribution to your goals. Read 20 pages per day of an empowering book. Is that easy to do?
Sure. And that simple discipline compounded over time, like a penny doubled daily for a month, will send you to the top! Is it easy not to do? SURE. And if you don’t do it, will you destroy your life and work today?No way. But that simple error in judgment, compounded over time, will pull you down and take you out of your life!
Life is not a spectator sport-fish or cut bait. Lead, follow, or get out of the way. And life is not a result, either. Life is not the goal-it’s the PROCESS. The road to success is always under construction. Marx was wrong: Life is both the ends and the means. Emerson said, “Do the thing and you’ll have the power.” You can’t just go get the power and then do the thing. The only way to have the power is to do it, just do it.
Did you know that your income will tend to be the average of your ten best friends’
incomes? (If having more income is a goal of yours, either get new friends or raise the income of the friends you have now!) If you want to raise the quality of your life, hang out with people who have been there and done that. If you want to be a great public speaker, hang out with great speakers. If you want to be a success in business, hang around successful business people. If you want to be a terrific parent, spend lots of time with men and women who have mastered parenting.
Do you know why birds of a feather flock together? Because they’re all going in the same direction. They share a common vision. If you’re after a goal-any goal-go find the people who have achieved that goal, or who are well along the path to attaining that goal, and be with them, hang out with them, camp on their doorstep.
It’s called the Law of Association. It’s a law because it always works.
To make the Slight Edge work for you, you must learn how to learn.
Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock, wrote:
“Learning is an approach, both to knowledge and to life, that emphasizes human initiative. It encompasses the acquisition and practice of new methodologies, new
skills, new attitudes, and new values necessary to live in a world of change. Learning is a process of preparing to deal with new situations.”
Clearly, we live in a world of change. Constant change. Rapid change. Today, we accomplish in five years what our grandparents and parents took 50 years to do. And
everything’s getting faster! Learning to learn is a mandatory for success today-and especially for tomorrow. Learning to learn is committing to the process. The Slight Edge is the process. Learning to learn is a choice. You make that choice moment to moment-not just once and then you’re done with it for the rest of your life. Each new moment will present you with a new choice. Choose to read 20 pages a day-and you’ll have to make that choice every day. Choose to model and associate with winners-and you’ll have to make that choice every day as well. You have to choose to make the Slight Edge work for you-moment to moment.
SO, IS IT EASY TO DO?
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