The Slight Edge – Book 2 of 52 Leadership Books in 2016

the slight edge titleFull Title: The Slight Edge – Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success & Happiness

How I selected The Slight Edge

Early in January, I was in meetings with a fellow student and an Instructor on campus. For the Spring semester, my friend and I would be coordinating a leadership series. For this series, I decided to try to take the learning beyond the voluntary sessions to include a book discussion on Facebook. The instructor and I decided on The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson as the practices in the book could be helpful for college students.

For several weeks, I attempted to stir up discussion on our Facebook group with the 12 students who decided to take the book on. I searched the internet for discussion questions and guides with no success, so I created my own. My Discussion Guide for The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson can be found here. Unfortunately, my attempts were pretty unsuccessful and I’m pretty sure that only 2/12 actually read the book. Those two individuals brought what they learned into each session though, and I was happy to see that it had made an impact.

After finishing the book…

This book is 18 chapters that try to help you understand the slight edge philosophy. This philosophy is that simple disciplines in your daily life determine what happens to you later. Essentially, you determine who you are and where you are going. However, our lives often run on auto-pilot, filled with bad habits and negative people. Some people who read this book will find that they already incorporate this philosophy, but to be intentional in your understanding and practice would allow you to obtain your goals and dreams even faster.

This book guides you in making goals in the 7 key areas of your life, as defined by the author. There are activities to make you think, that ask you to record, and make a record for if/when you read this book again. There is a chapter written by the author’s daughter that discusses how growing up with the slight edge philosophy. Each chapter highlights key topics and share real people’s stories about how this philosophy made a difference in their life.

This book was a great choice for my second book in the challenge as it will help me to continue to complete the challenge as well as implement what I am learning in the books as I continue. I definitely recommend this book to get a new perspective on how you control your life and what you can do to control your outcome.

Jeff Olson’s 7 Key Areas of Life

  • Health
  • Happiness
  • Relationships
  • Personal Development
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Impact

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