7 Slight Edge Principles to Build a Better You

By on September 19, 2012

Personal Development

If you have not read the book ‘The Slight Edge’ by Jeff Olson, you are missing out big time. 

You may not realize it but by not using these principles you are probably spinning your wheels and not being nearly as effective with your time as you could.

The Slight Edge philosophy is this:

Taking consistent, small and seemingly insignificant steps to improve your life.

You’ve heard before it is the little things take make the big difference. 

Both you and I know this information but doing it is a whole other ball game.

Over the years of collecting thousands of letters and emails form his readers, Jeff has be able to come up with 7 actionable principles to help you reach your goals. 

When I read them this morning I knew I just had to share them with you.

7 Slight Edge Principles

1. Show Up

It was Woody Allen that said, “80% of success is just showing up.”

And the remaining 20% of success is based on your knowledge, skill and execution. 

Can you think of people you are not that skilled or polished but are at the top of the leader boards and compensation plan?  They showed up consistently and focused on exposing their products and opportunity to people every day.

2. Be Consistent

This goes hand in hand with Principle #1, Show Up.  This is where the magic really happens. 

I tell people almost every day the only thing that you can control is the number of people you expose to you products and opportunity. 

This is without a doubt how you get to the top of the comp plan. If you are consistent with the boring and monotonous you will succeed.  The fact is most people will not stick with the difficult and thus never succeed.

3. Have a Good Attitude

I know this seems obvious but you would be shocked at the number of people who come from a place of lack, woe is me, and negative energy.

I was having a conversation with one of my team partners yesterday and she asked if I was going to talk to Ms X. I said, ‘no way, she is way too high maintenance and she is a whiner.”  Stay away from people that drain your energy!

Having a good attitude on the other hand gives people energy is highly attractive to people. And in our professional which is all about people and relationships you want to make sure that you model a good attitude and energy. 

The late great Ray Pelliter, said “Make it a better than terrific day!”  From the first time I heard Ray say that I’ve been using it.  Feel to use it as well.  Most people are pleasantly surprised to meeting some one who is coming from that place.  See how people react, it is fun!

4. Be Committed For a Long Period of Time

This is probably the most challenging of all the principles. 

Most people do not get the power of delayed gratification.  Having a long term vision for success is crucial.  Showing up consistently with a good attitude for a short period of time isn’t hard, long term is a whole different ball game.

Success is more like a marathon than a sprint.

You must have self-discipline, persistence and be willing to do what most will not do. 

That’s one of the reasons I decided to run several 26.2 mile marathons after I turned 50 years old.  I wanted to prove to myself that I still ‘had it’.  I did it!

You can do it too, if you decide.

5. Have Faith and a Burning Desire

Of the 500 most successful people who Napoleon Hill interviewed in Think and Grow Rich, having a ‘burning desire with faith’ was one of the hallmarks of this book. And if you stop and think about it, you must truly believe that you can and will accomplish your goal and you must be willing to put forth extraordinary effort to make it happen.

Your “Why” as we call in this profession is what will get you up early and keep you up late because you are working toward your goals and dreams.

6. Be Willing to Pay the Price

Anything worth having is worth working and paying the price for.  If you are not willing to pay a price for whatever it is you want, know this: the price of neglect is far worse than the price of commitment.

Randy Gage, best selling author and network marketing guru in his new book, Risky Is The New Safe talks about striving to fail in a big way. 

Don’t worry about what people say or think about you. Just go after your dreams and build your business and income.  Some people just don’t get it and won’t that’s OK.

The truth is the network marketing profession is about to enter its biggest and best years so NOW is the time for you to pull out all the stops and go after your dreams.


7. Practice Slight Edge Integrity

I love this… Slight Edge Integrity is defined as: what you do when no one is watching you.

For years, I had a post-it note on my desk that said, “I am the example for other people to follow.”What that meant to me is I had to model successful behavior when people were watching me and when they were not watching me. 

What this did for me is it helped me to create new thoughts, new habits and better results in every thing I did.

Imagine if you showed up every day and you knew people were watching you.  How would that be different than what you do today?

Living with these slight edge principles will help you build a better business, better health and better relationships. 

It just makes sense.

It takes discipline, hard word and a desire to change…and it sure is worth it.

If you have questions or comments please leave them below. PLEASE share this post with your team members and your other friends in the MLM profession. They will THANK YOU!

Your Success IS My Business.

Allow me to lend a hand.

Global Business Developer

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4 Responses to “7 Slight Edge Principles to Build a Better You”

  1. Viola Tam Says:

    Hi Terry,

    Wow, what an excellent post! I LOVE ‘The Slight Edge’ too!
    I could not agree more with Jeff’s idea about the impact of small seemingly insignificant actions. The follow is one of the best quotes that I have heard (the words may not be excatly the same):

    We cannot change our DESTINY overnight but
    we can change the DIRECTION that we are going.

    “What do you doing when no-one is watching you?” A powerful question! Thank you for sharing!

    Keep leading by example. You ROCK, Terry!

    PS: Congratulations on your 26.2 mile marathons success! Well done!

    Viola Tam
    Viola Tam´s last blog post ..MLM Success Tips – Leading By Example


  2. Jessica Says:

    Great post Terry!

    This is such an excellent book. I think its time to give this a re read. You reminded me how powerful the message Jeff sends is.

    This too is I have to say my favorite:Slight Edge Integrity is defined as: what you do when no one is watching you.

    I just recently stepped back to do a coaching program with an amazing women Sandi Krakowski. I think its SO IMPORTANT to be working on you behind closed doors always. I think finding a mentor that resonates with you is a HUGE key to keeping with that.

    Jessica´s last blog post ..Fitness Tips To Unleash Your Inner Fitness Bad Ass!!


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