I have to share that!
In the June 2013 I saw an announcement in the SE community, that we may send our stories to be included in the new edition of the book. I sent my transformation story 21st of June, didn’t get any reply and forgot about it.
I bought the book, just to have it. I read it once, more than a year ago and it literally changed my life.
A few days ago it has came and I browsed through it.
I was stunned when I’ve found that…
My personal story has been featured in the latest edition of “The Slight Edge” book!!!
My own story in the real, hardcover paper book! (on the pages 106-107).
Here it goes, in the brackets are my comments updating the story [last update: 7th of June 2017]:
I’m a reader. There wasn’t much else to do in Poland before the fall of Communism. We had a black-and-white TV with only two channels, and I didn’t see my first PC until I was eleven. So I read and this habit stuck with me. I’ve read several thousand books in my life.
In August 2012 I read “The Slight Edge”, by Jeff Olson. It took me a month to start implementing some ideas from this book.
I had not really thought seriously about my life for years. I was overweight, stressed, constantly worried about my finances and quietly desperate about my relationship with God. I was aimless with no plans as to how my life would be in two, five, ten years.
Soon I changed the type of books I was reading, and started reading more books on personal development. By the middle of November I had created a personal mission statement, which was the real starting point of my progress. Over the next several months I applied plenty of different slight edge disciplines – and started seeing results:
I rejuvenated a few old friendships and made several new ones with people from all over the world. I overcame my shyness (partially). I started two blogs. I learned WordPress and built a website with a hundred of useful tips. I stopped playing computer games (which was my vice) and wrote a fantasy short story. I read Homer’s Iliad and I’m halfway through the Odyssey [I finished it and read also On War and Think and Grow Rich and dozen more]. I read ten books [about 50 up to date] written by saints and listened to more than 100 hours of educational and motivational audio materials.
Things in my life started changing. I lost fifteen pounds (and my wife lost thirteen). My savings doubled and my donations to charities grew by 75%. I found I now read 50% [about 150% now] faster – and my ten-year-old son reads 250 percent faster (no exaggeration!) – and his grades improved. As a birthday present, I gave my wife a gratitude diary about her. She was amused – and amazed.
I can track a slight edge discipline behind each and every one of these accomplishments – and this list is not even complete.
I became a self published author. I had been dreaming about writing since I was a child, but had never done anything about it. Since November  I’ve written about 100,000 words [1,400,000+ words since September 2013], mostly in English (which is not my native language). Now I’ve finished my second booklet (a guide on how to use ten-minute disciplines in weight loss) [The Fitness Expert Next Door, it is published] and plan to write four more books in the series [done; I’ve published 15 books so far].
Most of all, I’m happy. I feel alive. I keep three different gratitude journals: one about my wife, one about my kids, and one about my life. Every day I produce three pieces of paper full of my gratitude. I feel I have discovered what my life is about. My dreams are coming true. I’m fulfilling my destiny. And I’m doing it by following dozens of simple disciplines incorporated into my days.