Slight Edge : Chapter 1 – Notes

Slight Edge, Slight Edge Graph, Farhan Fyzee

Okay now if you thought that was it to the slight edge.. You’re in for a surprise. The stuff you read earlier was a given. You know what already, but I wanted to remind you anyway.. Just in case ;)

Knowing how to do things will not get you anywhere. Everyone is running after the secret formula to fat loss. The secret that will make them richer, happier, healthier. If they really wanted it.. They can surely find it. All the information is out there.. Just google it or go to the library. Want something more fancy? Haha..

But seriously, simply knowing what you have to do will absolutely not get you anywhere. You have to apply the solution and live it day in and day out.

There is a secret ingredient that makes it possible for you to live it day in and day out.

The secret is..a change in philosophy.

What you believe about the world, and yourself, and the people around you affect how you act. If you have a negative philosophy then you have negative outcomes. If you have a positive philosophy, you will have a positive outcome.. Because you choose positively, act positively, and live positively.

Just if you were wondering.. Positive does not mean HAPPY. Positive means benefits, goodness betterment for yourself and all around you. Happiness can not be attained by materialism and just more things, happiness is a whole other topic that I will try discuss another time. Just keep in mind that when I say Positive.. I mean benefitting yourself and all around you in any way.

1. Be Performance Driven


“Do the thing, and you shall have the power. “
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Compensation


You have have to be the type of person who asks.. “What can I give?”, “What can I do to get there?”, “What must I do to get what I want?” and not someone who has a sense of entitlement like the world is supposed to dance to your tunes.

Stop thinking ‘Passive Income’, and free lunches. Nothing is free. Think about upping your performance levels. Think about how you can do more. You have to believe that you will be rewarded if you do more of the right things.

There are a lot of things that you know you could do to make your situation better. Funny thing is, they are easy to do and easy not to do at the same time. Do it and you will have the power. You know its easy to get that work done, but if you choose to ignore it you’ll have a lot of widgets piled up and you’ll be one of those complaining.. ‘I don’t have enough time.’ You won’t have the time because you didn’t do it when you could have. Period.

Do the things that are easy not to do because they are also easy to do. Read that again if you have to.

2. Double Your Rate of Failure or Do It More Often


             “The formula for success is quite simple: double your rate of failure.”
— Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (founder of IBM)


This does not mean you go make an absolute fool of yourself. No. It means you go out and do more of what you’re supposed to do and figure out whats wrong in your approach by actually getting it wrong. So now you know what you have to work on to get better. You’ll know what the problem is..and all you have to do is find a way to fix it and.. Fix it.

If you fear failure you will never get started. You must accept that things you’ve never done before will cause you to feel some fear. But it’s temporary. Once you overcome the fear and try it once, it will become familiar and the fear will dissipate.

3. Embrace small actions

Hollywood sets us up to think that you can just become superman overnight. That you can change the world with one idea. It’s a 2 hour movie and they only show you the good stuff. But come back to reality..all you have is huge to-do list that is ever-expanding, with a motivation and drive that is unstable.

Society makes us dream about getting $1,000,000 .. Or some number that gets you motivated to act. But really.. That million dollars does not just pop out of thin air. It accumulates over time in the dollars, hundreds and thousands to eventually become that million. You see.. You don’t just build a house. You have it built brick by brick. That takes time.

To become more productive you must break down the end goal into separate action steps. These action steps can be as tiny as ‘pick up phone’, ‘call x’, ‘discuss objective of x with y’ ‘write down decisions on paper’. It might sound trivial but we are better at dealing with things when they are more defined, we don’t see the goal as a mammoth task that you want to run away from. You hmm.. That’s it? And get on with it.

It’s the small steps that leads to big out comes. It’s the little steps compounded overtime that make all the difference. The things you do every single day, the things that don’t look dramatic, that don’t even look like they matter, do matter. That they not only make a difference—they make all the difference. If you don’t get this, you will never successfully apply anything you read.

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