Successful people aren't Demi-Gods with insane willpower and incredible productivity skills. They are normal people who understood the importance of the small seemingly insignificant daily disciplines. They understood how these disciplines leveraged with time could make them unstoppable

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March 3, 2018

The Slight Edge

So what separates those who become successful in life with those who achieve nothing. The answer is in the simple daily decisions we make. Leveraged over time. The answer is the Slight Edge, a concept popularised by Jeff Olson, and his book called ‘The Slight Edge’, (must read btw)

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Before we die, we would have made millions of decisions throughout our lives. Many of these decisions being seemingly insignificant during the moment; Deciding to go for a jog on a rainy day or sitting at home and watching TV, Reading a self-improvement book or PK’ing some noobs in the wildly, putting yourself out there and approaching girls or fapping to porn at home.

We often believe in the Quantum Leap fallacy, the idea that success happens after huge bursts of willpower or some sort of divine intervention. You have seen it before, the friend who joins the gym for a month and expects to look like Dwayne Johnson. How about your other friend who invested in bitcoin and now patiently waits for his billions?

It’s easy to see why this happens, we live in an instant gratification society. We assume that results should come quickly in everything we do. If we want it, we get it. If you want some food you can hop on Uber Eats and order the burger, if you want entertainment you can hop on YouTube and watch an endless amount of prank channels, if you want a Vinyl wall decal of half an Asian businessmen Amazon can deliver that to you within 3 days. No really, you can buy that shit… It’s got pretty good reviews too. The moral of the story is that our brains have been programmed to expect results fast, it’s even in our movies. You watch Rocky and you can see some bum become a boxing champion within the span of 2 hours. Or for the ladies, they watch that Greys movie and see some average do nothing bitch getting it on with the billionaire guy in a fucking dungeon.

The Truth About Success Isn't Sexy

Well, the truth about achieving things in life is not so sexy, it’s nothing like the Rocky montages. This isn’t a movie. Success stems from the mundane, it stems from the boring choices that you make daily that don’t appear to matter much.

Having one cigarette at a party doesn’t really matter much, it most likely won’t do anything to your body. How about having that one cigarette a few times a week multiplied by a couple of years. Brah, now your lungs are exploding inside your fucking chest like Walter White.

How about making the choice to exercise three times a week, every week? You do it for one week and not much changes, you are still fatty bomb stick and that double chin is still gerbiling like a turkey. You leverage those 3 workouts per week over 5 years and you look better than 95% of the population you might even add a couple of years to your life.

That’s the Slight Edge, every single decision you make regardless of how small it might seem in the moment when leveraged over time creates your life. You are always moving slightly up and getting better with time or you are moving down and degenerating.

An easy way to illustrate this is by understanding the 1-degree mistake. In aviation, precision is a must and if a plane flies 1 degree off course it will miss its target by 92 feet for every mile it flies. If a plane flies from New York City to Los Angeles and is off track by 1 degree, that plane is going to end up being 50 miles off course. You need to respect your daily decisions as seriously as a pilot respects his bearings.

Fat Pizza Bitch

I remember ordering pizza the other day, when I opened the door to grab it I was shocked at what I saw. The girl delivering the pizza was a girl I went to high school with, the last time I had seen her was 5 years prior, back when she had an athletic body, fast forward to now and she was as fat as a walrus. Goddam this bitch was HUGE! I wondered how she let herself go like that. Why would you intentionally become a walrus?

Then it hit me! Right before high School finished she told me about scoring a job at Pizza Hut. Clearly, she didn’t get obese overnight, but you multiply all those nights in which she took some left-over pizzas home and munched on them like the cookie monster munches on cookies leverage those nights with time and you get an extra 60-100 pounds to her frame.

So, why does this happen?

Look, no one wants to get fat or get lung cancer, but human beings are notoriously myopic. We have a hard time grasping abstract concepts such as the effects that small actions have when leveraged over time. It is much easier to grasp the effects of big actions, it’s easy to understand how doing drugs could ruin your life, but it’s hard to comprehend how the Pepsi you drink every day might have the same effect on your health in the long run. It’s easy to understand how gambling at a casino can affect your finances, but it’s harder to understand the long-term effects of your credit card debt or student loans. Our brains always default to the easy concepts that they can understand, while omitting things that are slightly complex. Now consider this, the things that will improve our lives are easy to do:

• Meditating for 15 minutes a day is easy

• Reading a non-fiction book for 20 minutes a day is easy

• Exercising for 30 -40 minutes a day is easy

• Getting 0.1% better at your craft a day is easy

• Saving a little bit of money/ putting some in investments is easy

However, all these things are just as easy not to do. Your biology is against you. Your body wants to preserve energy for survival. Your body doesn’t know that you are no longer in the stone age, it doesn’t know that you have goals and aspirations. It doesn’t give a flying fuck about your higher ideals, so your default mechanism is to resort to the easiest option- not doing anything, staying in bed and watching videos about ‘$17 fried chicken vs $ 500 fried chicken’, (is anyone else addicted to this Buzz feed ‘worth it’ series?)

Areas To Focus One

So, what can we do to have the Slight Edge work in our favour? The first thing we can do is to bring more awareness into what we expose ourselves to in our lives. I have four main areas that everyone should focus on:

• Stimuli

• Associations

• Food

• Mission


You should take some time to consider what type of stimuli you are allowing to seep into your life. I am talking about: The shows you watch, the music you listen to, the websites you visit, the books you read, and anything media based. Consider everything, are these things elevating you? Making you smarter, more aware? Or are you becoming numb, disengaged to life because of these things?


The people you hang around with, how do they influence you? Do they make you step up and become the best version of yourself, or do they disempower you? Are they achieving things in their lives and making things happen or are they 1 degree off course and bringing you down for the ride? How about the quality of women you chase? Are they adding value to your life, it worth the stress? Sometimes the people we hang out with are killing us slowly, perhaps it’s time you re-evaluate your circle of friends.


Yes, yes I know your KFC double down burger is delicious but is eating a burger with two pieces of deep-fried chicken for buns every day really serving you? When was the last time you got your blood-work checked mate! Your cholesterol must be higher than Shaggy from Scooby Doo. You guys do know he was high throughout the whole show right? Pay attention to the things you put into your body daily, if you keep eating and drinking the way you do what would you look like over the next 5, 10, 20 years? Some of you might not even last that long with the shit you are eating.


Do you have a mission in your life? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? A doctor? The best league of legends player in Oceania? Consider your daily disciplines, are you doing the small tasks daily that are needed to realize your mission? Will your vision be realized or are you waiting for the quantum leap to happen like in the movies?

The slight edge is real, it’s based on mathematics, it’s so simple and yet we ignore it. It’s time you start paying attention to your daily disciplines. It’s not exciting, but the small things are what build up to shape our destinies. When you look at any success story, don’t be so quick to play the luck card. Investigate and see if the Slight Edge was at play, it usually is, it’s just that no one wants to talk about it.

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Title Successful people aren't Demi-Gods with insane willpower and incredible productivity skills. They are normal people who understood the importance of the small seemingly insignificant daily disciplines. They understood how these disciplines leveraged with time could make them unstoppable
Author Joeycrackem
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Date 03 March 2018 12:26 AM UTC (3 years ago)
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[–]itsjustsimon-120 points121 points  (11 children) | Copy

IMO you need two things in every successful endeavor; first is consistency and the second is intensity. So if we put this in a simple formula:

Work = consistency * intensity.

One forgotten will only give you mediocre results at best.

This book only covers consistency more or less. That's great but it will only get you so far because nothing in our world is constant. So don't forget to try to do a little bit more each time.

To give you an example from the gym; being consistent with the same workout over and over again will not give you better results in the long run. Your results will only stagnate at best ( we're getting older etc ) but if you're going there and try to do a little bit more every time ( increasing intensity ) you'll get bigger and stronger over time. We call this progressive overload.

And one more tip which helped me a lot: start with a couple of habits ( maybe 2 or 3 ), focus only on them, become consistent, increase intensity and when you master all this only then add another one. Don't start with 20 habits at once. Start slowly and build it up.

[–]trelod14 points15 points  (9 children) | Copy

I agree with you to some extent, but intensity doesn't apply to all topics. Let's say you want to be a better writer. Writing for 15 minutes every day will eventually lead to improvement, but there's not much you can do to increase the intensity.

[–]Senorbubbz40 points41 points  (1 child) | Copy

I think it depends on context. To increase intensity in writing, you'd have to tackle more difficult challenges, perhaps styles of writing or topics that you aren't comfortable in. That way you expand your repertoire of skills in writing, as well as deepening your existing skills through staying consistent/persistent in your practice.

[–]Salted_Pretzel9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yes, I agree with you. Let's go further and take drawing for example. If you draw the same thing over again you won't grow, in order to be a better artist you need to challenge yourself and draw that object either in a different angle, perspective or move on to a different object. If you're not progressively overloading in your life then you won't be the person you aspire to be.

[–]1Metalageddon8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy

I agree but, I also do not.

You can definitely increase intensity in writing. For example, when practicing my writing I adopt different limitations.

  • a word limit.
  • a sentence length limit.
  • a limited number of transitions.
  • no adverbs allowed.
  • can I write the same scene with the same content with one less paragraph?
  • how about if I rewrote a good scene in the style of x author. Is it believable this is something they may have done?

There's so many ways to increase intensity in almost everything you do. Setting more stringent requirements works to exercise breadth instead of straight depth, though the two are often connected for something like writing.

[–]trelod2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Good points. Thanks. I agree that setting constraints is a great way to push oneself.

[–]Timewasting144 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

15 minutes writing what ever happens to come to mind vs 15 minutes carefully crafting your sentences working on the grammar, structure and flow.

[–]dave_is_not_here7 points8 points  (1 child) | Copy

Really? 15 minutes spent writing on the subject of metaphysics seems more intense to me than the same spent, say, writing more or less hollow bullshit like I'm writing right now. At best I have half a decent point. I won't write better tomorrow because I wrote this comment.

[–]Proto_Sigma6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

If you really want to push yourself you need to go right to the edge of your area of competence and do the highest level of activity you are capable of doing.

[–]buncha_circles2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

You're right if you use some random verb like 'writing'. What's your mission? Are you writing 15 minutes a day just 'cause? Do you want to write articles for a magazine or write a novel?

Intensity in those cases can be measured in completion and quality. Sure, you can spend every day writing 15 minutes but you need to practice. No one cares about your witty little one-liners you're putting in "your next novel".

You need to test your ability to follow-through.

You need an activity that's intense but not a many-month affair. Something like crafting a complete story, keeping it in your head, and producing a result in 1 hour. Make those 15 minutes each day useful and create something with your skill. That's where intensity comes from.

[–]Shaman66240 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Writing more than 15 minutes a day is something you can do to increase the intensity.

[–]UncleWarwick29 points30 points  (7 children) | Copy

The Slight Edge is a great book that I highly recommend everyone to read, for the sake of reading, even though the thesis is an extremely simple one that boils down to one idea: do the small things everyday that you know are good for you.

It’s the compounding interest principle for your SMV.

[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 13 points14 points  (4 children) | Copy

It's so simple, but really needed to be drilled into peoples heads for them to take it seriously. That's why I felt the need to simplify it even more with this short post,

[–]UncleWarwick-3 points-2 points  (3 children) | Copy

Honestly not really. This post was posting for the sake of posting. I just agree with the idea behind the book.

If a person needs more convincing than “the fuck you doing with your life that you can’t mediate for 10 minutes” then they’re a lost cause.

[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 18 points19 points  (1 child) | Copy

Your entitled to your opinion but I think people will benefit from this post. We will see...

[–]3LiveAFTSOV2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

are you the realized man from youtube?

[–]1THRILLHOUSE1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I think a lot of people will see meditation as ‘new age mumbo jumbo’ it doesn’t mean they’re a lost cause.

[–]Alpha_Engineer992 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Great book.

It should be ...considering it’s a direct rip off of everything Jim Rohn talked about 2 decades ago.

Word for word.

I’m surprised it had so much support in mainstream media. Jim Rohn was the man, this book is just repackaged and marketed to newer generation.

[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy

I suppose that's the way things are. This information has been around for years, Marcus Aurelius was probably saying this shit back in the day.

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (2 children) | Copy

If you can't face down the demons of mediocrity in your own heart, what possibility do you have when faced with demons in the real world?

Live everyday like you'll die tomorrow.

Time's up. Time to put your money where your mouth is.

You don't have the rest of your life to decide where you're going to go. You only have today. Establish a system of success. Be consistent in your tenacity.

Now go clean your room, damnit!

[–]jm517 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy

Live everyday like you'll die tomorrow.

Can't remember the proper word but it means something on the lines of duality of thought processes.

Live everyday like you'll die tomorrow. Check.

Live everyday like you'll live forever. Check.

If what you are doing only checks one box, not both, you shouldn't be doing it.

[–]Endorsed Contributorex_addict_bro22 points23 points  (2 children) | Copy

What works for me: do the hardest task first.

[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 12 points13 points  (1 child) | Copy

Eat the frog every morning!

[–]Hudini151 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

And eat the big frog first.

[–]trelod6 points7 points  (1 child) | Copy

He's hardly a "Red Pill" kind of guy, but I'm a fan of James Altucher's take on a similar concept of improving oneself:

The crucial part is consistency. Doing something to improve yourself every. single. day. regardless of whether you're sick, tired, "too busy", etc. Take the 30 minutes a day (a conservative estimate) you spend on social media and instead spend it learning a skill. No, it's not much every day, but time flies, and if you're truly consistent, you'll look back in a year and be thrilled with where you're at.

I would even argue that the decisions that lead to progress are smaller than your examples. Going for a jog in the rain vs. staying inside watching TV can be a difficult decision if you're not a dedicated runner.

The even smaller decisions, like "which app do I open on my phone when I have 5 minutes of spare time" can be all the difference. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or the news, choosing to instead learn something new about a skill you'd like to improve not only develops that skill but also builds the habit of fighting against your own lazy impulses.

[–]ceqozesah0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Its a shame he’s not redpill. That guy complains about how his wife left him and how he lost control and all that and how he went broke and wanted to kill himself.

[–]spencerc253 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Great timing for this post, thank you. I spend countless hours working on my programming skills for, at the moment, seems like nothing. But thankfully I'm aware of what it takes to become good at a skill and I continue on.

The story of the chick delivering the pizza is sad. You can apply this 'slight edge' to nearly all of our peers who aren't succeeding at anything in life. Small daily decisions that I would consider 'bad' or 'non-productive' add up.

[–]2Joeycrackem[S] 9 points10 points  (2 children) | Copy

I suggest everyone read the book, 10/10. This post is just make take on the concept.

[–]LiveAFTSOV 1 points1 points [recovered] | Copy

Are you the realized man? Is that your channel?

[–]Azor_AHYPE2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

How do you find your mission? I feel like I'm doing the bare minimum (working hard at my job, lifting, going out), but I want more. I just don't know exactly what. I tried drawing, writing, programming games, playing chess, learning about cars, studying modern physics, 3D modelling, but none of them were satisfactory. I have the energy and the motivation, but I lack focus. Every week I dedicate a lot of time and effort to a hobby, trying to make it my mission, but eventually something else comes and takes my focus. Because of it, I can't delve deeper into anything to become actually good.
Any thoughts?

[–]ceqozesah5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

You are spreading yourself too thin with hobbies and shit instead of focusing on a few. Just do what interests you. If nothing interests you then its not really that big of a deal. Remember you are a human being on earth. Eating sleeping fucking is the game. Your pet dog isn’t into studying and 3d modelling

[–]TorDZeus2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is an overcomplicated way of saying the decisions you make in your life matter.

[–]FinallyRed2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Keep in mind your ego has a vested interest in believing people better than you are just inherently like that. Your ego is much better at seeing how things stand right now and is much worse at monitoring how far you’ve come bit by bit. That’s why you will have days as you try to implement steady change that it seems so pointless.

Rule 30: make your accomplishments seem effortless

People will shit test you thinking you haven’t changed and really won’t want to hear proselytizing about how they can change when they haven’t asked for your advice. They typically won’t want to hear that you just manage your time better and that their mediocrity is within their control. Systematic progression is foreign to the ego which is why we have to talk about how to do it at all. Do yourself a favor and act like you’re just awesome without trying.

[–]ArielBro1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Holy shit.. That was a great read.

You surprise me each time with your posts, followed you, keep doing it.

Gonna read the book.

[–]Brooklynrageman1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Really? No comments on the Runescape reference?

[–]ItPutsLotionOnItSkin1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

We often believe in the Quantum Leap fallacy, the idea that success happens after huge bursts of willpower or some sort of divine intervention.

You won't believe how many people I've work with down on their luck I've seen playing the lottery or scratchoffs totally believing that they are going to win and be rich for the rest of their lives.

[–]1THRILLHOUSE1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Good post. I disagree with most of what I read on this sub but this post is great. I think devoting 30mins a day to getting towards your goal is the key. It can be hard if you’ve been “gifted” at school and haven’t had to try to get good results because you now have to try and put in extra effort to excel. Results are all about effort and targeting the right area. If you want results putting the hours in is crucial, but can be wasted, if not in the right area.

[–]SidSacred0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Inspiring article , thankyou

[–]trp_nofap_rewire20180 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This book is life-changing.

The cool thing is that you can apply “the slight edge” to everything in life. Given that TRP preaches improving yourself as an integral male this one should be in everybody’s personal library. Some of us here were molded to satisfy the feminine imperative and become chumps due to seemly insignificant influence from “society standards”/media. So why not make use of the same principle to kill the inner beta and change for the better?

It’s hard to improve every single day, but well worth it in the long term. There’s no leap of faith, only slow and steady progress.

[–]Barvazon0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

If I can add my two cents - (Hey I just realized where that phrase actually comes from). Thanks to father Jordan Peterson..

Fix the little things - my phone was dying a slow death for a long time now, the battery got inflated from heath so bad that it pushed against the case and there was corrosion everywhere. The battery's life was fucked up and it would drain really fast and took ages to charge. My headphones started to kick it as well (following the phone's demise I guess), and it got so bad that I from playing too much with the headphones connection a piece broke and got stuck inside the phone = both the headphones and the phone died together, and if I weren't such a cheap fuck I would fix or buy a new phone and that would have saved the headphones. Anyway, I replaced them both and now, it sounds so silly but I am much more relaxed. I don't have to worry about the battery, the new headphones are way more portable (Marshall Major 2 and oneplus 5t), and I'm enjoying every second. Now, I really cleaned up my room, I set my closet on perfect order, I washed the dishes, I bought some groceries (and got much more groceries from my parents, thanks mom&dad!), cooked for half the week, I washed all the dirty clothes and sheets, replaced the cat's sandbox.. Was a very productive day. And I feel so ready to take on this week, and own it.

And it all started from just the death of my old phone and headphones which forced me to overcome the fear of buyer's regret.

[–]delicoban330 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Sounds more like OCD to me. Careful about tideness..

[–]Skynet4700 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks, that really helped.

[–]beekay1420 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I really needed to hear this shit, I've lost my focus and really just going through the motions, but it's time to get a move on in my life

[–]Bandos150 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Lol the video game references. Oceania has like 3 players though :p

[–]THEDICKDEALER0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Stimuli was so enlightening. I listen to trap music and I realize it tends to have an adverse effect on me mentally.

[–]PM_ME_UR_NIPS_GURL0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This is the kind of quality content I look for in this sub. Saved.

[–]ramfex210 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Pking noobs in the wildly! Story of my teenage years :/ Should have been practicing game of a different kind.

[–]Angu_jungle_poo0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

+1 . Humans are SHIT at seeing the bigger picture. Move to a higher plain, move to a higher plain.. Or die in your own feaces

[–]GrimTRP0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

"Moving one rock everyday isn't much work, but if I do it every day then one day I will have moved a mountain with very little effort"

[–]Barvazon0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

munched on them like the cookie monster munches on cookies leverage those nights with time and you get an extra 60-100 pounds to her frame.

Godamn wish my gut could do gluten as well as that pizza girl, hashtag skinny bitch forever

[–]rednoobpill-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Hey, if someone got the book in pdf, hit me a dm

Seems kinda interesting !

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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