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Are you ready for a short riddle and my questionable wit? To solve this puzzle you will have to use your wisdom with a dash of grit! Focus on pages, 158, and edge, then you’ll solve it!
I prefer life in stages
While I pass time with pages
I enjoy the company I keep
We’re found 158 deep
If you ensure your pledge
I promise to give you an edge
What am I?
All the Pages
The Slight Edge is a book based on the concept of small daily actions that lead to big results. I prefer concepts that are universal to each aspect of my life. This book is a justification for that inclination. I like things to be simple and easy because I have a poor memory. Bonus: it easier to establish consistency if it’s simple. The author suggests incorporating little wins into our everyday lives. One aspect I adopted since reading this book, is working out thirty-minute everyday. The author’s justification is, he can always make room for thirty minutes of exercise. Well, if this millionaire ooper busy type can do it, what is my excuse? Dang it!
A testament to the benefits of this logic is exercising for thirty minutes a day for a single day won’t equate to much. But if you do that everyday for twenty years, that is a platform for fitness success and a trim waistline. Little habits practiced daily lead to big wins. It seems so simple and easy but that is also what makes it hard. It’s easy to do but just as easy not to do.
Plus, it’s hard to see results with little habits. We all love instant results and I am guilty of this too. Who doesn’t love the caffeine high after drinking (my personal drug of choice) coffee? I struggle with this and the trait that is the exact-opposite-in-every-way, patience. Patience is so hard! Unfortunately, this is where the slight edge likes to reside. Talk about an awkward feeling of – yay, it’s easy and doesn’t require a lot of effort to – boo, it’s going to take years before I am where I want to be.
Love that Library Self-Help Section: 158
My finances are doing the happy dance over this concept. I am not a big moneymaker. Awkward fact: I am not amassing a six figure income. My reality is that I can create financial security by being consistent with saving small amounts of money. I have time on my side and a rabid curiosity for all things financial. As my knowledge and experience in investing is compounded, I will be able to cash in those dividends in the future. The magic of compound interest isn’t just about money it’s about small amounts of effort for a long period of time. Compound interest is no longer for fancy bankers and Wall Street.
Exploring the Edge
I enjoyed 75% of this book. It seemed to enhance my current lifestyle and give fancy names to concepts I already pursue aggressively. It’s an ego boost but it also provides new concepts to areas I haven’t given much thought to like exercise. The 25% I didn’t enjoy was the repetition (I got it, dude, my memory isn’t that bad!) and some of the “success stories”. Which seemed to be weird cult-like support from people who may or may not be real. I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt that these are real people and not pulled from the depths of bizarre.
My final thoughts on this book are: if I focus on small daily habits I can craft a life based upon intention. Incorporating constructive habits today compounds into a lifetime of good health, financial security, and abundant happiness. Hopefully.
What are your small habits that you hope will lead to your big wins?
You got this, BuLL Crew!