The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
This book has been a New York Times, a Wall Street Journal, and a USA Today bestseller! The author is also the publisher of “Success Magazine.”
As you can imagine, with a line-up like that, this book is raved about all over social media. It’s everywhere!
It’s taken me quite a long time to get around to reading this book because, in truth, I was avoiding it.
Due to the title, “The Compound Effect”, I wrongly assumed that the book was about compound interest and how you can use this law to increase your wealth. Having already a good grasp of this principle, I avoided the book since I thought that I already knew what it was going to tell me.
…how wrong was I?!
So, what is the book about?
Actually, this book is about compounding habits, a topic that was completely new to me.
Essentially, this principle demonstrates how small things, done repeatedly and consistently over time, can generate massive amounts of success.
This is a great book, and I did experience several real “lightbulb moments” as I read it.
First, the book shows you how every little thing that you do, and every habit that you have, compounds, whether that’s a good or a bad habit. Over time, these “little things” can have a massive impact on where you finish up.
My second light-bulb moment was when the author demonstrated the butterfly-effect of such habits and how they can spill over into other areas of your life.
For example, let’s say that you eat an extra 200 calories over your daily allowance every single day. Now that might not seem like much, but over time those extra calories will cause you to gain weight. That weight gain could make you feel more lethargic, you may have less energy, and you may feel less attractive too. That could impact on your relationships, your performance at work, cause self-esteem issues, and also bring on health problems.
So, even though 200 calories is a somewhat negligible amount, when compounded it can effect not only your weight but other areas of your life.
Building better habits
The book explains how to create better habits that over time will compound to have a positive effect on many areas of your life.
I have to say that this book does contain some of the best advice that I’ve read when it comes to forming new habits.
I particularly like that the author’s ideas encourage modest, actionable changes, rather than introducing anything too radical that could cause you to quit and give up.
You can do this!
Because all the little changes that the author suggests are so small, they are easy to do. And that’s great for creating that all-important “can-do” attitude, which enables you to make those changes permanently.
The author also talks about how you can use momentum in tandem with compounding to achieve results. He also shares his own morning and evening routine, which I found very helpful. Throughout the book, the author uses some excellent analogies and stories to illustrate his points.
There’s some great relationship advice, and the author provides you with some really useful tools to help you to measure and track your progress.
Overall, this is a great book that I would highly recommend to everybody.
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