This book changed my life!
Okay that’s a bit of an exaggeration but atleast it changed my perspective on a lot of things. Basically success in all aspects of your life.
In the course of time, I’m sure I’ll be confident saying it really did change my life. I’m not much of a book lover but I do read once in a while and this one book that was recommended to me by a friend of mine (hey Derek) I had to tell you guys about it.
The book is called The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. In the book he talks about his life philosophy that he has applied in every part of his life and went from being a beach bum as he says to owning multi-million dollar companies.
Most of us have claimed 2020 to be our year and we swear this is the year that we change our lives around, live healthier, make wiser money decisions, start a business, travel the world, find love and whichever other life goals we have in mind or on paper. This book let me see goals in a whole other different light. Things that seemed unattainable now seem in my reach. Life has become more practical now. I want to share with you few lessons that I have gotten from the book.
The general idea of the book is daily disciplines over compound to massive success and wrong choice over time compound to failure.
1. The slight edge is always working for you or against you
You can either choose to do the simple right things every single day and see growth or do nothing and see the opposite. A simple habit like brushing your teeth in the morning. You have done it so many times you don’t really think of it. You just wake up and do it because it is the norm for you. Same thing as taking five minutes out of your day to journal about the things you are grateful about that day. You grow a sense of gratitude in time growing happier. As simple as it is to do it is easy not to do. Choose not to write down things you are grateful for or atleast make mental notes of them and turn out ungrateful, dissatisfied, jelous and desperate. Last example, taking time to appreciate your partner or spend time with them, you can choose not to and watch the relationship crumble with time.
2. Choose to see with the eyes of time.
Remember it’s all about compounded efforts. You will not see the results this instant but for after a while. You will see the results of your work. Be it working out for 15 minutes daily or reading 10 pages of a good book daily. Time is the magic of success in anything and consistency being the main ingredient.
3. Don’t wait around for the big break
Don’t just sit around waiting to win the lottery. For some kind of magic to happen to be an overnight success. Do something. You won’t be offered anything if you don’t have anything to bring to the table. Your lottery ticket (not literally) will be signing that record label deal after you had to record your own songs and put them out on social media. You get the promotion after applying yourself in your current position and proving that you have more to offer, you will develop a deeper relationship with your partner after working on yourselves and putting effort to work on your relationship, you will get that A after putting in the study hours. That will be your big break a reward from all your work.
4. Start with a penny.
You need to start somewhere. Idealize , write a clear plan, work towards that shit everyday. Tiny tiny steps every single day. The French say ~ Rome wasn’t built in one day. Ofcourse not you cannot start with big slabs of concrete. You need to lay the foundation, lay brick after brick. When you start and do it over and over again, you gain momentum, momentum gets things done, getting things done keeps you ahead of the game, being ahead of the game gives you massive results.
5. Ripple effect
Ever heard of the phrase you are the average of five of your friends. I used to think my mom wasn’t making sense when she told be she doesn’t want me around some certain people. I used to think to myself but I know myself I could not possibly be like her or adapt her mannerisms. Now I know what she was saying cause . I don’t talk to them anymore. They are just not my cup of tea, I’m not theirs either and that’s okay. Things you do reflect on others especially the people around you. The kind of person you are shows loudly in the friends you have. Keep good company. Surround yourself with people that understand this discpline or be the force that starts the ripple effect and watch it grow amongst your peers.
6. Happiness leads to success and not the other way around.
People tend to think that money equals happiness. Ofcourse it does but it’s not the only factor. Plus, you can’t be frown your whole life till the day you start stacking cash. Build happiness habits and watch your life turn around. I have people ask me how I stay positive and if life doesn’t put me down sometimes. It does honey it does. But I cultivated a gratitude habit. Whenever I’m in a funk I just journal sometimes I feel better almost immediately other times I need more hours to sulk and that’s fine. Then I get over it.You get things done better when you are in a good mood.
7. Everything curves.
Nothing is constant. So you can’t be the same. You need to learn and grow. Revisit and revise some of your believes, traditions and habits. Restrategize and implement new policies. Change with the times. Maintain your authenticity and keep in mind: the only thing that is constant is change.
I bet these things are so obvious and you probably have them right in front of you. It’s so easy to decide to procrastinate as it easy to decide to do it now. It’s easy to decide to spend the money on something you don’t really need as it is easy to save the money. Just as easy to do your meal prep on the weekend as it is easy to buy fast food every day.
We make choices daily. Some subconsciously, some consciously. These daily actions either work for us or against us. If anything this year, ensure you make conscious decisions. Live intentionally and not on autopilot. Slight changes will make the biggest differences when compounded over time.
Thank you for reaching this far loves.
Next week we talk about love.