152: Finding Your Slight Edge

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Happy New Year!

What separates the 5% of fulfilled, successful people from the 95% rest of the population? Author Jeff Olson argues it’s The Slight Edge.

Successful people have harnessed the power of relentless incrementalism, the daily practice of making progress toward their goals — even if imperceptible at the beginning.

I thought the book was a good read and realized I’d been implementing many of its suggestions in life and business over the last 15 years. Today is a brief solo show to discuss how you can find your slight edge in 2016 and beyond.


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  • The Slight Edge definition of success: “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
  • The question to ask yourself when making time management decisions.
  • Why people fail at the slight edge.
  • My side hustle slight edge business habits and my suggestions for side hustlers.
  • 7 Happiness Habits you can apply today.


What’s your slight edge habit this year? What will you make daily progress on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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10 thoughts on “152: Finding Your Slight Edge”

  1. Nick,

    Love the show, short time first time if I can borrow a sports talk saying.

    My goal is to publish 6 nonfiction Kindle books this year so my slight edge habit will be to write a minimum of 250 words a day and build up to 1,000/day.

    I made a journal entry every day last year (2015) and looking back on it that was one of the highlights of my year. It is funny how something so small can mean so much when you stop to realize what it really represents.

    I have two boys and being a Dad is awesome, I wish you all the best with the little one you and your wife have coming.

    Keep up the great work, I’m a big fan.


  2. So, so good, Nick. That reminded me of the story of wannabe fitness freaks who say, “I really wanna get fit and lose weight and bulk up…but I don’t have 5 days a week I can carve 2 hours a day out of for working out. If I only worked out one day a week, what would be the point? I’d never get anywhere!!”

    You’re an example of the Slight Edge in action, Nick. Thank you for putting out yet another good one.

    • Thank you Joshua! I guess it’s the opposite of batch processing, especially when it comes to fitness :) Do nothing, do nothing, do nothing, run a marathon … probably not gonna work!

  3. Love the podcast, Nick.

    I’d like to get your thoughts on how to remain anonymous in a side hustle. I currently have a fairly prominent position and I don’t want my employer or colleagues to know that I have started a business.
    Is an alias ok? If so, how do I manage a Facebook account or other social media? Or is this not possible or recommended? Thanks for your help.

  4. Nick,

    Absolutely brilliant episode. Very relevant and very inspiring. As soon as I got home I started making notes and thinking of ways to find my edge and loved the ideas from Happiness Advantage too.
    I work full time, have a nice side hustle going on that lets my wife stay at home and look after our 5 kids. Thanks for all the work you do to keep us thinking and looking for new side hustles.
    All the very best for a happy, safe and prosperous 2016

  5. Hi Nick,

    You mentioned this episode in a more recent one which brought me to it. It really hit the nail on the head for me. I want to be 1% better at my side hustle everyday. I know it’s already almost October but mathematically that’s 90 days until the end of the year which is 90% better? Haha! What ever it is, I will take it. Finding the motivation is not always easy. I love my “regular job” and my side hustle equally… Maybe that’s why? Anyway, thanks again! I love your podcast and your personality.


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