The book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, is a new way of thinking, a philosophy. It enables us to make easy everyday decisions and perform little acts, resulting in a compounding effect that allows us to live the lives we want. In this overview, we'll show you how to change around any part of your life in just a few years by following one easy daily discipline and regularly applying the 7 Slight Edge principles. Our ideologies influence our thoughts, behaviors, and outcomes, which in turn influence our lives. The Slight Edge is a philosophy, a method of thinking about what we know, how we keep that knowledge, and what we do.
It stems from the realization that instant success does not exist. Difficult tasks require time to complete. Things that seem impossible take a little longer. And waiting for things to fall into your lap only prevents you from taking the steps necessary to achieve your goals. It is founded on the understanding that luck does not exist. There is only opportunity when preparation meets opportunity. The more time you spend planning, the more possibilities you will have and the better luck you will have.
The essential component is simple: keep doing modest things over and over until you achieve success. The majority of these tiny actions are simple, such as choosing between a salad and a packet of French fries, or saving or spending a penny. They can, however, create huge results when compounded over time. The Slight Edge is at work with each passing minute and each new decision we make. Once you've adopted this mentality, you'll realize that if you work hard enough, you'll achieve the outcomes you want. However, if you make modest judgment errors for a long time, you will experience the repercussions.
The fact that space is curved has been proven scientifically. There are no straight lines in the world; everything, including your life, is curved. Which curve you are on is determined by your everyday decisions. If you make good decisions every day, your life curve will be in the upper half. You are on the lower curve if you make simple judgment errors on a daily basis.
The philosophy's simplicity and practicality are the most powerful aspects of The Slight Edge. Olson highlights several important themes that we may already be aware of and demonstrates how to put them into practice in small, daily steps. The book is both frightening and encouraging in that it shows us how to design our lives so plainly that there is no longer any reason not to. Olson uses many realistic tales and examples to help readers comprehend the topics in the book, including his own experience about how he went from being a beach bum to owning America's fifth largest solar-air energy firm, then losing everything and starting over. There are also various notes from people who described how they have used the Slight Edge in their lives throughout the book.