Review of “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson

A gift from the OSU Minority Engineering Program for graduating seniors, “The Slight Edge” has already captured my interest in the introduction as being very straightforward and practical. The author immediately levels with the reader, and doesn’t try to trick the reader with manipulative and cryptic diction, but instead takes the reader through his journey. For this book, I will capture my thoughts and highlight some of the sentiments that stood out to me the most.


  • How does the shoeshining lady have such a positive relationship with all of the maintenance men? Where does she get her optimistic attitude that allows her to perform and connect with people so early in the morning? Is she happy?
  • “What if, instead of spending ten or fifteen minutes here and there, tucked in between customers, sinking into the pages of those forgettable novels, she had spent the last five years reading books that were genuinely life changing? “
  • How did the author excel in starting his solar energy business if he knew nothing about it? Why would he do it?
  • “…I found myself staring squarely at a fork in the road, a point I now refer to as a ‘day of disgust,’ that moment of impact we sometimes hit in our lives when we face our circumstances and make a decision to change.”

About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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