Jeff Olson quotes

Who is Jeff Olson?

Jeff Olson is an entrepreneur and the author of the best-selling productivity book The Slight Edge.

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Jeff Olson quotes

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“A positive philosophy turns into a positive attitude, which turns into positive actions, which turns into positive results, which turns into a positive lifestyle. A positive life.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“And some more shocking news: your ship’s not coming—it’s already here. Docked and waiting. You already have the money. You already have the time. You already have the skill, the confidence. You already have everything you need to achieve everything you want.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Anything worth having is worth paying that price for.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Emotions change like the wind, and you can’t stop them. No one can. They keep moving; that’s why they’re called emotions and not e-standingstills.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Everything is always in motion. Every day, every moment, your life path is either curving upward, or curving downward. Growing up we heard five times as many nos as yeses. Life has a downward pull. People on the success curve live in responsibility. People on the failure curve live in blame. People on the success curve are pulled by the future. People on the failure curve are pulled by the past. No matter where you are, at any moment you can choose to step onto the success curve.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“In the process of learning to walk, did you spend more time falling down or standing up? If you were anything like most babies, you failed (fell) far more than you succeeded (walked). It didn’t matter: you were on the path of mastery.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Instead of writing down what you’re going to do, write down at the end of the day what you did do that day.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Never doubt that a single thoughtful, committed person can change the world.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“People on the success curve live a life of responsibility. They take full responsibility for who they are, where they are, and everything that happens to them.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Remember: success does not lead to happiness—it’s the other way around.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Showing up is essential. Showing up consistently is powerful. Showing up consistently with a positive outlook is even more powerful.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Simple productive actions, repeated consistently over time. That, in a nutshell, is the slight edge.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Sometimes you need to slow down to go fast.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Successful people do whatever it takes to get the job done, whether or not they feel like it.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Take care with what you think. Because what you think, multiplied by action plus time, will create what you get.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“The journey starts with a single step—not with thinking about taking a step.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“The predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the failure curve is blame. The predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the success curve is responsibility.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“There are two kinds of habits: those that serve you, and those that don’t.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“There is a natural progression to everything in life: plant, cultivate, harvest.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“Trying to get rid of an unwanted habit is a bit like trying not to think about an elephant (the more you try not to think about it, the more you think about it). That’s because what you focus on, grows. Which is why people who put a lot of energy into focusing on what they don’t want, by talking about it, thinking about it, complaining about it, or fretting about it, usually get precisely that unwanted thing. It’s tough to get rid of the habit you don’t want by facing it head on. The way to accomplish it is to replace the unwanted habit with another habit that you do want. And creating new and better habits, ones that empower and serve you, is something you know how to do. You do it the same way you built any habit you have: one step at a time. Baby steps. The slight edge.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge

“You are either going for your dreams or giving up your dreams. Stretching for what you could be, or settling for what you are.”

Jeff Olson The Slight Edge