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Small Things, Big Things

Nowadays, people put their trust in achieving breakthroughs, making quantum leaps, instant in everything they want to achieve, hitting the lottery. By doing this, they are not aware that they are starting the habit of settling for less because more was far out of reach. People don’t realize this when they do their daily activities, they tend to neglect the small things. These small things when compounded can either be great or the worst thing they can ever have in their lives. One thing I learned in my recent reading, is The Slight Edge Philosophy.


WINNING iS  ALWAYS A MATTER OF SLIGHT EDGE. Who can forget that moving moment of triumph in the ’94 Olympics when American speed skater Dan Jansen at last overcame years of dicouragement, disappointment, and frustration, to finally win the gold medal in the 1000 meters, setting a world record of one minute, 12.43 seconds?

Do you know by how much of a margin Jansen won? Do you know what the difference was between the winning world record gold medal and the virtual oblivion of second place? Twenty-nine hundredths of a second! That’s a very Slight Edge!

No matter where you look, no matter in what area of accomplishment, life, work, play — the difference is between wining and losing, between going down in the record books as first and best.. or not at all-the gap that separates success and failure is always measured as THE SLIGHT EDGE.

The Slight Edge is the process itself that ll winners use to achieve their goals. The LSight Edge is EASY to do and it’s easy NOT TO DO.

THe Slight Edge Philosophy is based on doing things that are easy-little disciplines, which, done consistently over time, add up to the biggest accomplishments. The problem is that all those things that are easy to do are just easy not to do. Why is something easy not to do? Because if you don’t do it it won’t kill you today. But, that simple, seemingly insignificant error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill you, destroy you, ruin your chances for success, and demolish your dreams. You can count on it.

Here’s a simple formula: ACTIONS > RESULTS > QUALITY OF LIFE

Your ACTIONS create your RESULTS, which in turn create the QUALITY OF LIFE you live and enjoy. Simple, powerful and true. The problem is, your actions are not the source of your problem. That’s why diets don’t work. You see, there’s another side to the equation, and that’s the place where your actions came from.


Your actions are created by your attitudes- but attitudes aren’t the heart of the matter, either. There is one thing more fundamental and essential– Your Philosophy. Your Philisophy is your paradigm of the way life is, how life works (or doesn’t), and what’s the best way to live your life. Your philosophy is the is the source of your failure or success. And this philosophy I have learned is The Slight Edge Philosophy.

Reading reference: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson


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