"The Slight Edge" Book Review: Jeff Olson's #1 Idea

Michael May 05, 2022
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exponential growth


Originally published October 2019.

There is a reason Warren Buffet is one of the richest men in the world with a net worth of BILLIONS...

He realized, at a young age, the power of compound interest.

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This mathematical principle shows:

  • As your savings/investments start to gain interest... then your interest begins gaining interest, too... until, after some time, the whole shebang eventually skyrockets upward into exponential gains.

Whether or not Albert Einstein actually said it, this quote is often attributed to him:

"Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world – He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn't, pays it.”

The thing is... this concept isn't just about money...

It's about everything. It's a law of the universe.

And that's where the big takeaway from Jeff Olson's book, "The Slight Edge: Secrets To A Successful Life" comes in...

The book has an impressive 5-stars rating on Amazon with almost 1,500 reviews...

Here's the #1 idea inside:

Small Incremental Improvements — Over Time — Create HUGE Gains!

Whether it be about getting in shape, improving your relationships, creating financial freedom, learning a skill, etc...

It's about taking CONSISTENT, DAILY action to improve — even if it's at a one-step-at-a-time pace.

Good habits and great work will build exponentially positive results over time...

And the opposite can be true, too: Bad habits can send us into the black hole of exponentially negative results.

So it's not just about those once-in-a-while "big" moments where you experience victory... it's also about taking pride in doing the small things well...

If you look at the chart above, growth isn't linear... It doesn't just shoot up in a straight line.

It lies dormant for a while, and even dips slightly downward (this could be when you have a setback or invest initial time/money)...

Until it eventually "hockey sticks" upward.

To use a military metaphor: During this dormant time, it's not about the war... and it's not even about the battle...

It's about prioritizing the details in between:

  • Cleaning your gun

  • Tying your shoes

  • Training

  • Visualizing

  • Practicing...

It all counts along the way...

Until suddenly, your reality looks a whole lot like your dreams.