The Slight Edge – The History of Water Hyacinth and Its Application to Running a Business


A child’s favorite word is history. In fact, the same could be true for everyone. We all love to listen to a story or tell a story. In the book The Slight Edge, author Jeff Olson often uses stories as analogies to deeper meanings.

The Slight Edge, as the name suggests, suggests that in order to be successful you just need to have a slight edge in a number of different aspects of your life.

In this article, I will aim to mirror the analogy created by Jeff Olson for starting a business for yourself, or even running your existing business. We run business online and offline. We have had both failures and successes and therefore we can relate very well to the author.

In this particular story, the author tells the story of a water hyacinth and how it can grow exponentially in a relatively short period of time, but not by all of its own efforts.

It would be a brilliant way to demonstrate how a typical MLM business owner could explain potential growth in an area.

The lesson I learned from the book, in regards to starting a business, was that you have to be prepared to persevere and you just won’t feel the joy and rewards that success brings.

Anyone who starts a business wants to be successful. But are they ready to kick the pump and put massive effort into the business until it starts to grow exponentially?

In the case of water hyacinth, the plant uses the art of leverage to grow each day. Instead of planting his own seeds and waiting, he sends out his own daughter tentacles that allow him to use leverage. Always more with always less. This is the key to business success.

Look at McDonalds restaurants – by using a restaurant management system that covers all aspects of the business, they could leverage and grow it quickly without ever losing consistency or quality. It’s often said that a 17-year-old could run a McDonalds for you – the same one that wouldn’t tidy up their room.

If you are thinking of starting a business, whether offline or online, think about leverage before you think “I’m the only person who can do it.”

By thinking this way, you will give yourself leeway to grow and develop beyond your own abilities and reap the rewards.

Source by Derek O’Dwyer

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