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Jeff Olson

Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

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    To achieve the slight edge, we need to develop a life philosophy and master the mundane.

    According to U.S. News and World Report, 80 percent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February! When we fail, we may think that we simply didn’t try hard enough or desire our goal enough. 

    However, the truth is that success is the result of simple, productive actions repeated consistently over time. This is known as the slight edge.

    The key message here is: To achieve the slight edge, we need to develop a life philosophy and master the mundane.

    When we look at successful people, it’s easy to think that they’re just exceptionally brilliant or have special skills that we don’t. But more often than not, that’s not the case.

    Thanks to the abundance of self-help books, information about how to succeed in life is more widely available than ever before. But to really benefit from it, we need to apply it effectively.

    That’s where developing a life philosophy comes in. A life philosophy is your view of life. It influences your attitudes, feelings – and, ultimately, your actions. And it’s powerful because it can change the way you think about simple, everyday tasks.

    Consider the life philosophy of Thomas J Watson, the founder of IBM: “The formula for success is quite simple: Double your rate of failure.” Yet, many of us don’t consider failure an option. What we don’t understand is that the more we fail, the more chances we have to succeed.

    Today, Abraham Lincoln is remembered as one of the most notable U.S. Presidents. But did you know that he suffered numerous election losses and public-office failures? For him, failure wasn’t just an option, it was his specialty. Doubling his rate of failure ultimately led him to the highest office, where he had a profound impact on the country that the United States is today. 

    Another way we can achieve the slight edge is by focusing on the mundane matters of life.

    For example, Steve Martin is known as the single biggest audience draw in the history of stand-up comedy. But as a teenager, Martin couldn’t sing, dance, or act. So he worked at it. Day after day, he studied magic tricks, taught himself the banjo, and tried out lines on anyone who would listen. The things he did were neither complicated nor exciting. In fact, they were rather boring. But by mastering the mundane, Steve Martin became a star.

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    What is The Slight Edge about?

    What’s it about?

    The Slight Edge (2005) explores the power of all the small choices we make every day. Far from being insignificant, they are a step in our journey toward success or failure.

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    Successful people fail their way to the top.

    —Jeff Olson
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    Who should read The Slight Edge?

    Who’s it for?

    • Individuals wanting to achieve success in life
    • People trying to develop new habits or stop bad ones
    • Entrepreneurs who want to build successful businesses

    About the Author

    About the author

    Jeff Olson has built multibillion-dollar sales and marketing organizations and hosted seminars in every major city in the US. He has also produced over 900 television programs with personal development legends such as Les Brown, Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracy.

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