Only 5% of Humans Have this Character Trait (and It Makes Them Successful)
Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed?
An essential ability you must develop to achieve your personal development and life goals is something Jeff Olson calls “the slight edge.”
If you’ve read the book (The Slight Edge), you know what I’m talking about, and this video will be a refresher.
Otherwise, here’s a summary of what “the slight edge” means: it’s the willingness to do seemingly insignificant and relatively easy things every day (be consistent) and for some time (be perseverant) until we obtain results.
It’s also the ability not to give up even when we don’t see immediate results; we must be patient and keep going.
For example, let’s say one of your goals is to lose weight.
If you ate only vegetables and went to the gym once a month but didn’t exercise and ate junk food the rest of the time, you wouldn’t get fit. It’s by eating well most of the time and exercising regularly, week after week, that you would eventually see results.
The problem is that most often, self and life improvement take time. And it’s easy to get discouraged when we don’t see results quickly.
That’s why 95% of people quit before they can see any real improvement.
The slight edge is about consistency, perseverance, patience, and faith that we’ll eventually get results.
According to Jeff Olson, only 5% of the population naturally have the slight edge. The rest of us (including myself) must develop it if we want to succeed at anything in life.
How Do We Develop It?
Well, it’s quite simple. Not easy, but simple.
In The Ultimate Personal Development Plan, you defined the micro-actions you need to take to bridge the gap between your current situation and the ideal scenario.
You also defined your system goals or the habits you must develop to make your ideal scenario come true.
To practice the slight edge, you simply need to do the micro-actions and be consistent and perseverant with your system goals and habits.
And be patient.
So, again, let’s say that one of your health and fitness goals is to lose weight. Let’s say that you’ve decided to go to the gym four times a week (that’s your system goal and the habit you want to build). Well, you would make sure to go to the gym four times a week and continue going even if you don’t feel like it or see a difference in your body weight after the first week or few weeks.
You practice the slight edge by following through on your system goals and habits.
If you are consistent, perseverant, and patient, you’ll be part of the 5% who have “the slight edge,” and you will succeed.
I recommend reading the book. It’s been a game-changer in both my personal life and entrepreneurial journey.
There are three more mindset tools that I’ll share with you in the next few days.
One of which will help you overcome your fears, limiting beliefs, and other unconscious patterns that might be causing resistance and slowing down your progress without you even being aware of it.
So, stay tuned! I wish you a beautiful day. And let me know if you have questions.