Daily Archives: July 1, 2010

Baby Steps

I’m really now sure when it happened, but over the years I have sought out books that would help me with certain challenges I might be dealing with in my life.  I feel fortunate to have been exposed, not too late in life, to authors like Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracey, Bob Proctor, Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, and more recently Jim Rohn and Jeff Olson.

There is so much wisdom in the many books written by these guys and so many others I’ve read, too numerous to mention.  These books are written about how to live a fulfilling life and deal with the everyday challenges that arise.  These authors have written books about the possibilities for having a great life.

Most concepts written by these authors though, involve quantum leaps to being successful relatively quickly, by just doing what they say to do.  There’s only one problem, and that is that most people don’t see themselves creating massive changes in their life and and having massive success quickly, and therefore become disillusioned about things.

Jeff Olson has written a book called The Slight Edge.  At a business event recently where Jeff Olson was speaking, he mentioned that he specifically wrote this because of his awareness that success doesn’t come overnight.  There’s work to be done before success is achieved.  He reminded us of the Malcolm Gladwell concept in Outliers, of working on something for 10,000 hours before you achieve the success you’re looking for.

Jeff’s slight edge concept is similar to the concept of baby-steps.  To achieve success, it takes the small things, done over time, compounded geometrically.  And one day, after doing all of those little mundane steps and working for 10,000 hours… Ahhh!  SUCCESS!

What are some of your favorite books and authors?