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Book Review: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Book Review: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Book Review: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

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The SLIGHT EDGE is an interesting book, which although not particularly well written or even revolutionary offers a useful strategy for self improvement.

What it does present is a highly motivating although somewhat repetitive piece of advice that seems to have been overlooked in recent business literature.  With everyone looking for easy options and quick fixes, the idea that you create success by making small and consistent improvements is not very fashionable.  However, that is exactly what Jeff Olson is suggesting in this book.  And to be fair he does make a clear and compelling case for his position backed up by some good evidence and strong case studies.


The message itself could have been captured in a much smaller book however, as spaced repetition is the best way to learn a concept, the amount of repetition in the book reinforces the message and begins to develop the habits outlined in the book.

The main themes in the book are:

– take action
– don’t sacrifice long term goals over short term satisfaction.
– follow the pattern – plan your action –> , do it –> review –> adjust your plan.
– minor improvements don’t have an immediate impact but create success over a long time, like compound interest.

Overall SLIGHT EDGE is an interesting read that will appeal to those who want a traditional approach to success without the hype of ‘get rich quick’ schemes and new age wisdom.

Dare to Aspire



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