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The things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. -Jim Rohn July 10, 2012

KWRI staff evaluated The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Solutions Into Massive Success by Jeff Olson and I loved what they said so much that I had to share:

Big Thoughts. Olsen dedicates the first half of the book to defining The Slight Edgeand shares examples of the philosophy at work. His take on what catapults people to the top of their game: successful people do what unsuccessful people won’t.

The little things that will make you successful in life, that will secure your health, your happiness, your fulfillment, your dreams, are simple, subtle, tiny things that nobody will see, nobody will applaud and nobody will even notice while it’s happening. Real success is taking a progressive approach to your success. Olsen says, successful people do that by choosing the right attitude and actions day in and day out, allowing those actions to compound over time and then continuing to do them in very key areas of your life.


Best Chapter(s) Chapters 1 – 3 review The Slight Edge Principals and build the case for changing your philosophy on winning over the long-term. Chapter 6 lays out the seven ways to apply The Slight Edge Principal to your life. In Chapter 12 Olsen applies the SMART goal-setting process in the areas of health, personal development, relationships, finances and life – a great exercise for anyone looking to make some serious changes to their success trajectory.

If you read nothing else: Olsen’s principal is rooted in logical thinking, and yet, he points out, many people don’t do it. In our haste for immediate results we seek the fast fix, the secret ingredients and the one perfect formula for success. Olsen argues that it’s the things you do every day, the things that don’t look like they matter, that do matter. They not only make a difference – the make all the difference.

Put it in Practice. The Slight Edge can work for or against you. In Chapter 6 Olsen identifies the 7 Slight Edge Principles to create a game plan for success over the long-term.

  1. Show Up
  2. Be Consistent
  3. Have a Good Attitude
  4. Be Committed for a Long Period of Time
  5. Have Faith and a Burning Desire
  6. Be Willing to Pay the Price
  7. Practice Slight Edge Integrity

They gave it an 8 and yet anything that triggers a Jim Rohn quote in my head has to be good things. I’m getting this today as I’m sure I’ll enjoy this read. Also, I couldn’t help and notice that he seems to use the BOLD idea of PTFAR… Wonder if he’s in MAPS Coaching?!


2 Responses to “The things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. -Jim Rohn”

  1. Jay Papasan Says:

    Nice review. I’m going to have to buy this book now.

  2. jaypapasan Says:

    Great review. Adding this book to my Wish List ASAP.

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