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My Personal Guide to The Slight Edge Philosophy – My notes from the book.



  1. I didn’t change who I was – I changed what I DID

  2. For things to be different I had to DO something different.

  3. Nothing ever stays the same. Everything is in motion – ALWAYS. Everything changes….

  4. Secret to success = The simple actions you take everyday. You need to keep on doing them.

  5. You already know how to do everything it takes to make you an outrageous success

  6. If you can survive you can succeed.

  7. Simple daily disciplines: simple productive actions: repeated consistently over time.

  8. You have complete control over the direction the rest of your life takes you

  9. Your philosophy – changing the way you think about small everyday things. Your philosophy creates – Your Attitude: Your Actions: Your results = Creates Your LIFE

  10. Positive philosophy = Positive Attitude = Positive Actions = Positive Results = Positive Lifestyle

  11. “Do the thing and you shall have the POWER” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  12. Your philosophy is what you know, how you hold what you know, and how it affects what you do.

  13. Key to success = Double the rate of failure. Successful people fail their way to the top.

  14. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.

  15. There is no quick fix path to success

  16. Easy to do – Easy not to do

  17. “Get BUSY LIVING or Get BUSY DYING” – Andy Dufresne – The Shawshank Redemption

  18. The 8th wonder of the world = COMPOUND INTEREST and it can be applied to life

  19. Its never to late to start – Its always too late to wait.

  20. Patience – little steps compounded DO make a difference.

  21. Having FAITH in the process of simple positive actions repeated over time. TRUST in the PROCESS

  22. Perseverance is a great substitute for talent.

  23. Whatever you’re after, whatever you want to create in your life or whatever kind of life you most passionately want to live, the slight edge is the way to get it.

  24. “Always live below your means”

  25. Master the mundane! You will achieve those aims, goals and dreams by doing mundane everyday, simple things. You have to master the mundane and those actions will create your success. Those things are simple and easy to do.

  26. Work expands to fill in the time available for its completion

  27. The slight edge is always working – whether for you or against you

  28. Everything you need to do to transform your life is easy to do.

  29. Mastering the mundane of repeating simple little disciplines that done consistently over time, will add up to the very biggest accomplishments.

  30. A simple Positive Action, repeated over time: so easy to do & so easy not to do

  31. The things that create success in the long run don’t look like they’re having any impact at all in the short run.

  32. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Progressive means success is a PROCESS, not a destination.

  33. The difference between success & failure is not dramatic. The difference between success & failure is so subtle and so mundane most people miss it.

  34. What I DO NOW – DOES MATTER. WHAT I DO MATTERS. What I do today matters. What I do everyday matters. LITTLE CHOICES MATTER

  35. Keep doing them over and over again until the compound effect kicks in.

  36. Things that seem so insignificant they couldn’t possibly matter, but they do. Things that, when you look at them as single occurrences, don’t seem like they have any impact at all. But when compounded overtime they add up to OUTRAGEOUS SUCCESS

  37. The power of TIME = Consistently repeated daily Actions + TIME = INCONQUERABLE RESULTS.

  38. You supply the actions the universe will supply the time.

  39. Plant --> cultivate (TIME) --> Harvest

  40. The slight edge is boring at first. The slight edge can do anything. But you have to give it enough time for the power of time to kick in.

  41. You need to have FAITH in the process as you wont see it happening at first. Base your choices on what you KNOW not what you see.

  42. BREAKTHROUGH = The momentum kicks in

  43. Successful people do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether they feel like it. Successful people form habits that feed their success. They choose to have the slight edge working for them…. I choose to have the slight edge working for me.

  44. You just need to stay in the process long enough to give it a chance to win.

  45. It starts with a choice - Have FAITH at the start. – Be PATIENT. Have COURAGE – have a purpose and have heart.

  46. Think 3 – 5 years to get on the right track.