This is a book about the simple daily choices that will lead you to success and happiness. How cheesy I know. For me, this book is about sweating the small stuff, because the small stuff is all that matters. Show up, show up everyday, show up even when nobody else is watching. Greatness is always in the moment of decision.
There are two types of habits: those that serve you, and those that don’t.
- There are two kinds of people in the world. Givers and takers. Givers are those who brighten the room the moment they enter. And then there are the those who see to actually dim the room. You know people like this. They dish the latest gossip on who’s doing what, complain about how much they hate their job, and make fun of others who are doing their best to be beacons of positivity. Takers are professionals in the art of distraction, experts at drawing people’s attention away from the task at hand.
- Share a kind word or a smile with someone today. You may never see these people again, and often have no way of knowing how these little encounters affect them. But know that it matters. So often, a smile, a caring gesture, a sincere questions about someone’s lives, or someone just to listen, may be just exactly what that person needs at that moment. And it would be so easy not to do.
- Growing up we heard five times as many dos as yeses. Life has a downward pull.
- Remember you’re always dealing with gravity: one against 19 all the time. The 95 per cent will always tend to be cynical, skeptical, and negative, even when motivated by the best of intentions, they will attack you and bring you down.
On the path to mastery you have 4 powerful allies:
- Momentum: steady wins the race
- Completion: clear out your undones and incompletes
- Reflection: facing the man in the mirror
- Celebration: catch yourself doing something right.
7 Slight Edge Habits:
- Show up: be the frog who jumps off the lily pad
- Show up consistently: keep showing up when others fade out
- Cultivate a positive outlook: see the glass as overflowing
- Be committed for the long haul: remember the 10,000-hour rule
- Cultivate a burning desire backed by faith: not hoping or wishing – knowing
- Be willing to pay the price: sometimes you have to quit or forego other projects
- Practice slight edge integrity: do the things you’ve committed to doing, even when no one else is watching.
- You have choice over your habits through your choice of everyday actions.
- Knowledge without practice is useless. And practice without knowledge is dangerous. -Confucius
- People on the success curve live in responsibility. People on the failure curve live in blame.
- Your subconscious is doing 99% of the work. Replace bad habits with good. Make it automatic.
- Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!
- In the course of your journey all sorts of obstacles will appear in the path. And you can determine the size of the person by the size of the problem that keeps them down. Successful people look at a problem and see opportunity.
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.