The Slight Edge Book Review

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The Main Concept

Success comes from small daily activities that are so easy to do, and they are not easy to do.
People undervalue small daily simple choices seriously, but these simple choices over time create a huge difference.

Slight edge is always working, it’s either working with you or against you.
Here’s example of how slight edge could be for you:
If you read ten pages of a self-help book every day (so easy to do that is easy not to do), the ten pages will not change your life in one day, but in a year you would finish 12-15 books, that will change your life.

Here’s an example of how the slight edge might working against you:
If you spend $15 using a credit card, you’re going to tell yourself $15 will not make your debt situation worse, and you’re right the $15 won’t, but this error of judgment compounded over time will get you stuck in massive debt.

We don’t take these simple daily choices seriously, but these daily choices will compound over time to something really big.

People are looking for quick fix, they buy lottery tickets to be an overnight millionaire, they buy weight loss products because they want to be in shape in no time……
But successful people understand it doesn’t work that way, they understand there’s a natural progression to everything in life: plant, cultivate, harvest.

If I asked you, would you like to have 1 Million dollars now, or a penny that doubles every single day for 30 days, what would you choose?

Most people would say 1 Million dollar today because unsuccessful people want immediate gratification.
But one penny doubled every day for 30 days would be $10.7 Million Dollars, same things when it comes to the choices we make, and that’s the problem most people don’t see that value in small things, but those little things compound over time will make a huge difference.
That’s the power of compound effect over time.

Here are my notes and highlights from the book:

You already know how to do everything it takes to make you an outrageous success.
The same activities that take us from failure to survival would also take us from survival to success – if we would just keep doing them.

There is a natural progression to everything in life: plant, cultivate, harvest.
You philosophy creates your attitudes, which create your actions, which create your results, which create your life.


Do the thing, and you shall have the power.
If the slight edge habits are so easy to do and will lead to phenomenal success, why doesn’t everyone do them?

Reason 1: They’re Easy to Do
The simple things that lead to success are easy to do. But they’re also easy not to do.

It’s easy to save a few bucks a day. And easy not to.

It’s easy to do fifteen minutes of cardio a day. And easy not to.

Slight edge is always working, it’s either working with you or against you.

It’s just a matter of mastering the mundane of repeating simple little discipline that done consistently over time, will add up the very biggest accomplishment.

Reason 2: The results are invisible
Here’s the problem: back here in the present on day 1 of week 1, all of that is way in the future
when you make the right choice, you don’t see the results at least, not today, and that is a problem.

Reason 3: they seem insignificant
What you do today matters.
what you do every day matters.


Consistently repeated daily action + time = inconquerable results.

You plant, then you cultivate and finally you harvest.

The slight edge is boring but it works.

Often, in the beginning, the success path can be uncomfortable even scary. Especially if you’re the only one around who’s on it.

The difficult is what takes a little time;
The impossible is what takes a little longer.

Success takes time, yes, more time than most people are willing to wait. But not as much as you’d think. And once the momentum of the slight edge starts to kick in it becomes unstoppable, and you reach a point where results do indeed start to happen very fast indeed.

Successful people never win the lottery. You know why? Because they don’t buy lottery tickets.
In our culture, we’re trained to think we can skip the middle step and leap directly from plant to harvest.

Happy Habits
To become happy, do these simple things consistently over time, will make you significantly, noticeably, measurably happier:

  • Each morning write down three things you’re grateful for.
  • Journal for two minutes a day about one positive experience you’ve had over the past twenty-four hours.
  • Meditate daily.
  • Do a random act of kindness over the course of each day.
  • Exercise for fifteen minutes a day.

Do one of these things faithfully for just three weeks, it will start become a habit.

It starts with a penny. It may seem like insignificant difference – While a penny might be small, it’s far from insignificant. If fact, it makes all the difference.

You have to start with a penny.

Success does come from beginning so tiny that it seems invisible and most people miss it. But there has to be a beginning.

There are no straight line; everything curves. If you’re not increasing, you’re decreasing.
You either succeeding or failing.


Most people hold time as their enemy. They seek to avoid the passage of time and strive to have the results now.

John Burroughs says “ A man can fail many times, but he isn’t failure until he begins to blame somebody else” Don’t complain about what you allow.

Master your success and your life. All that’s required is taking the first step.

We tend to desire what we lack, and lack what we desire.

Life is doing. If you aren’t doing, you’re dying.

Apollo rocket was actually on the course only 2 to 3 percent of the time. Which means that for at least 97 percent of the time it took to get from Earth to the moon, it was of course, but they kept adjusting.
The next time you’re giving yourself a hard time because you feel you’ve gotten off track, think about Apollo program and give yourself a break.

Would you like me to give you the formula for success? It’s quite simple. Double your rate of failure…. You’re thinking of a failure as an enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure – or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, Make all you can, Because, remember that’s where you’ll success. On the other side of failure.

Remember, Armstrong and Aldrin did walk on the moon, and the only reason they did is that the rocket got there. And so can you. Why? Because of the continuous correction.

You are the combined average of the five people you associate with most.

The best thing I can do to serve the world around me is to keep myself in a state where I can best contribute – and I can’t do that if I’m being dragged down by an environment of cynicism and self-pitying complaint.

Disassociating yourself from people who don’t empower you can be a painful and difficult things to do.

When you start at the beginning of anything, you’re at the highest level of anxiety. As you learn – through study and doing, information and experience, book smart and street smart – you gradually lower your level of anxiety by raising your level of mastery.

Slight Edge Allies
They are momentum, completion, reflection, and celebration.

1- Use the Power of Momentum
If we don’t get the results we’re after fast and faster, we quit.
Get rich quick. The fast lane. One-click ordering.

We’ve come to expect fast results, to demand them – but fast, faster, fastest is a strategy that will eventually take you down the slight edge curve to the unhappy life.
Steady is what taps into the power of the slight edge.
The fable tortoise and the hard is really about the renewable power of momentum. Newton’s second law of thermodynamics: a body at rest tends to stay at rest – and a body in motion tends to remain in motion.

That’s why your activity is so important. One you’re in motion, it’s easy to keep on keeping on. Once you stop it’s hard to change from stop to go.

2- Use the Power of Completion
Each and every incomplete thing in your life or work exerts a draining force on you, sucking the energy of accomplishment and success out of you as surely as vampire stealing our blood.
Every incomplete promise, commitment, or agreement saps your strength because it blocks your momentum and chokes off your ability to move forward, progress, or improve. Incomplete things keep calling you back to the past to take care of them.

Here’s the unfortunate and powerfully destructive truth of being incomplete: it keeps the past alive.

3- Use the Power of Reflection
Reflect daily for constant improvement.

4- Use the Power of Celebration
Celebrate each right choice you make.

Slight edge becomes automatic.

Replace the unwanted habit with another habit that you do want.

The price of neglect is much worse than the price of the discipline.

Start with a plan the point is not to come up with the brilliant blueprint that is guaranteed to take you all the way to the finish line. The point is simply to come up with a plan that will get you out of the starting gate.

You start with a plan, then go through the process of continuous learning through both study and doing, adjusting all the time.


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