The Slight Edge

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Jeff Olson is an acquaintance of ours who wrote a book called “The Slight Edge”. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, you will be treated to an amazing experience. It’s a pleasure to hear from someone that speaks with true passion.

One of my favourite stories is of the two young men who’s father is dying. The father is very wealthy and calls his sons to his side. He gives them two choices. One is instant financial wealth, the other is a long term strategy. He gives them time to think before making their choice. Of course, being brothers, they each have to make a different decision and the story goes on to tell about how and why one is successful and the other is not.

I don’t want to give away too much because I believe you should read the book! There is a lot to be learned in this story. In a nutshell, the one who chose what seemed to be the lesser option, is the one who came out ahead in the end because he was willing to do the little things in a consistent manner over time. He understood that doing the little things time over time will lead to great results. This is the Slight Edge philosophy.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?!

I believe that we should all strive to improve ourselves every day. One of the ways to do that is to read the teachings and experiences of people who have gone before us. By reading 10 pages a day, you will have read 15 – 20 books over the course of a year.

You will find that there are common themes and it may seem repetitive.  My experience is that I can hear the same stuff 20 times from 20 different people but for some reason I reach a point where I’m finally ready to absorb what I hear. Everyone presents ideas in different ways and eventually, some speaks directly to you.

Don’t give up. Do your ten a day. Live the Slight Edge philosophy and one day, in what to appears to be “all of a sudden” you will find your success.

God Bless and have a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful that I have a car to get to work. I’m thankful that I have meaningful work in my life. I’m thankful that I can help others because of some of the challenging experiences I have faced in my life.

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