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The simplicity of The Slight Edge mentality

by | Apr 19, 2021 | mindset, motivation, personal development

I think I finally figured out why I never liked to read books. I wasn’t picking the right ones. 

It’s been a long time since I read a book and just wished there was more to read. Not that there needs to be more to learn in this case, but just that this book really fit me and what I need right now in my life. The pace, the message, the resources and even the activities were just what I needed. 

Why? Because it is such a simple concept. And I am a simple person.

Some may think it’s too simple and finish the book wanting for more. But if you truly understand the concept of the slight edge, you will be embracing the simplicity and realize that you can truly apply it to every facet of your life. 

The idea that everything you do is a series of simple decisions takes the pressure off of knowing what you will be doing next. Sure, you need a goal or a dream to strive for, but you don’t need the entire road map of how to get there. All you need to get started is 1 simple daily task that is easy to do. And it doesn’t even have to be the right thing. What a relief!!! For someone like me who is a perfectionist and expecting to get everything right all the time, this is a huge weight off of my shoulders. But the trick is…that simple task is always easy not to do. So it is up to you to show up and keep doing it. Every day. Whether you want to or not. 

Remember, after you finish reading the book, you have to start living what you learned. 


Here are my biggest takeaways from the book:

The Slight Edge consists of major 3 parts:

  1. Do simple disciplines daily
  2. Reflect and review your actions through journaling
  3. Spend high quality time with high quality mentors

 

Favorite Quotes:

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

Do the thing and you will have the power.

 

Tips for success:

  1. Don’t blame others; take responsibility for your actions.
  2. Use your past as lessons to propel you forward.
  3. Show up consistently with a positive attitude.
  4. If you get in a funk, start with baby steps and you will get out of it.
  5. Replace bad habits with good habits.
  6. Learn through book smarts, street smarts and a good mentor.
  7. Read 10 pages or listen to 15 minutes of a good book or podcast daily for personal growth.

 

Get your copy of The Slight Edge today and start your own journey to bigger success in life.

 

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