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Slight Edge Philosophy
The Slight Edge and how it Changed my Life
Since starting my new business in May, personal development has been a big part of my journey. In the beginning I thought to myself 'personal development - what do I need to develop?!'
But then I realised hat the more you learn about yourself, the more you can grow your business. My team always recommend great reading to each other. It is one of my daily goals to read 10 pages of a good self improvement book every day to expand knowledge and skills as a leader and entrepreneur.
So when I saw that there was a new Squidoo book club quest on 'a book that changed my life', a lot of personal development books came to mind. But one really stood out - the Slight Edge. The slight edge is going that little bit further than everyone else - pushing yourself to do smalll things every day, that when compounded, make a massive difference.
The slight edge is having that one extra bit of enthusiasm or dedication that makes you stand out above the rest. The slight edge makes sense to me in business and in life. Understanding the slight edge can help you to take your business to the top. It can also make a difference to your health, family life and relationships. Read on to find out how he slight edge changed my life, and how it can change yours!
The sight edge can also work for children and teenagers. Children and teens who understand the sight edge from a younger age can perform better in heir studies, sports and hobbies.
What is the Slight Edge?
The 'slight edge' is a business concept developed by Jeff Olson. The theory is that all the small things you do on a daily basis add up to big successes. These small things could include simply making a business phone call, reading 10 pages of a book or visualisation. It is always easier not to do them, but when you do them consistently, they all add up with amazing results. Will one business phone call have a massive impact on our businesses? Probably not. Will a phone call every day for a year make a massive impact on our business? Absolutely!
In fact, every small action that we do in life either puts us on the success curve, or the failure curve, and I know which one I want to be on...
The great thing about the slight edge is that it can be applied to any aspects of life. Take sports, for example. The difference between winning a gold medal in the Olympics or not is often a 10th of a second. In 2004 men's 800m, the victory was by 0.71 seconds.
If you are dedicated to learning the slight edge - go for the combo pack with book and audio. It is a great book to share o help others.
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Another way to describe the slight edge philosophy is like this...
Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. At 211 degrees, the water is not boiling, but at 212 degrees it is. The difference in heat is so slight, but the difference in the result is massive. Go ahead - turn up the heat in your business ad your life and see the results for yourself.
How the Slight Edge changed my Life!
When I started my business, my goal was to get my white Mercedes as fast as possible! In our business, you get a £500 cash bonus every month towards the white Mercedes of your choice when you reach Regional Vice President level. Yet the task of finding my team members, training them up and having a certain amount of turnover in my business seemed daunting - almost unachievable. RVP seemed difficult and far away.
The slight edge philosophy taught me o break it down into little, achievable things to do each day. If I speak to someone about my business or give a business presentation every single day, these small actions will have a compound effect and my car will be here before you know it!
And guess what - the slight edge is working for me - I now have a thriving business and a motivated team. A target of five consultants in my team doesn't sound too big, but it did when I started from nothing. I found that saying I will speak to 3 new people everyday was easier than saying I will build a business with 5 consultants in my team. Then the compound effect stated to kick in and the desired results started to happen automatically.
Now I am starting to apply the slight edge in my health and personal life too. I put weight on in the last three years and went up from a UK size 10 to a UK size 16. I know that for me to say I want to be a size 10 again will sound almost unachievable. But by saying I will cut out one chocolate bar a day and go o the gym at least three times a week, these little things will all add up.
Now I know that the little things all add up, the slight edge is the book has changed my life. I know that by applying the slight edge philosophy, I am going to be fitter, happier, healthier an richer than ever before!