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THE SLIGHT EDGE - JEFF OLSON


  1. The Beach Bum and the Millionaire

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Super achiever

  • I was going to forever leave behind the land of mediocrity and start inhabiting the world of high achievement.

  • Everything is in motion, always. Everything changes.

  • Simply daily disciplines

2. The First Ingredient

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

  • the secret ingredient is your philosophy.

  • The formula for success is quite simple: Double your rate of failure.

  • Successful people fail their way to the top.

  • Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.

  • There is a natural progression to everything in life: plant, cultivate, harvest.

  • Your philosophy creates your attitudes, which create your actions, which create your results, which create your life.

  • Successful people fail their way to the top.

3. The Choice

  • “The eighth wonder of the world”

  • -the remarkable creative force of compound interest

  • It’s never too late to start.

  • It’s always too late to wait.

4. Master the Mundane

  • “Work expands to fill the time available for its complextion.” - Parkinson’s Law

  • Why people don’t do slight edge habits

  • They’re easy to do = also easy not to do

  • The results are invisible

  • Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. “Progressive” means success is a process, not a destination.


  • They seem insignificant


5. Slow Down to Go Fast

“Rome ne s’est pas faite en un jour. (Rome wasn’t built in a day.)” - Ancient French proverb

The Power of Time

  • consistently repeated daily actions + time = inconquerable results.

  • You supply the actions; the universe will supply the time. The trick is to choose the actions that, when multiplied by this universal amplifier, will yield the result you want. To position your everyday actions so time works for you, and not against you.

There Is No Instant Life

  • Plant, cultivate, harvest

  • Life is not a clickable link

  • Thousands of years ago, Lao Tzu wrote, “The highest good is like water. It gives life to the ten thousand things (that’s ancient Chinese for “everything in the universe”), yet does not compete with them. It flows in places that the mass of people detest - and therefore it is close to the Tao.”

The Power of Compounding Effort

  • good to great

Cultivating Patience

  • Pioneers don’t know what’s out there, but out there, they go anyway.

  • Courage means to have a purpose and to have heart.

  • But in my experience, in three to five years you can put virtually anything in your life solidly onto the right track.

  • The problem is that most of us live with one foot planted firmly in the past and the other tucked timidly in the future - never in the moment.

  • The slight edge is all about living in the moment. For me, this is perhaps the hardest lesson to learn about the slight edge: you can’t find it in the past of the future, only right here, right now.

  • Your life exists on in the moment.

  • you absorb and live that truth simply by being fully in the process of living your life- not regretting the past, not dreading the future.

  • Knowing the secret of time, you say, “If I stay on this road long enough, I’ll get the result I’