Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect lays out how radical change is born from the accumulative effect of small changes adhered to over a long period of time.
As tempting as it may be to fantasize about dropping all our obligations to become the person we were meant to be, the reality is for most of us that’s just not possible. Bills, jobs, loved ones, and our individual circumstances all factor into an equation that generally requires a less dramatic solution. The Compound Effect is an excellent guide to pragmatic and realistic changes that can fit any lifestyle.
Here are 10 quotes from The Compound Effect for those looking to “jumpstart your income, your life, your success:”
- “Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = Radical Difference.”
- “We all come into this world the same: naked, scared, and ignorant. After that grand entrance, the life we end up with is simply an accumulation of all the choices we make. Our choices can be our best friend or our worst enemy. They can deliver us to our goals or send us orbiting into a galaxy far, far away.”
- “My mentor Jim Rohn said, “The day you graduate from childhood to adulthood is the day you take full responsibility for your life.” Today is graduation day! From this day forward, choose to be 100 percent responsible for your life. Eliminate all of your excuses. Embrace the fact that you are freed by your choices, as long as you assume personal responsibility for them.”
- “Forget about your willpower. It’s time for your why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.”
- “The one skill most responsible for the abundance in my life is learning how to effectively set and achieve goals. Something almost magical happens when you organize and focus your creative power on a well-defined target. I’ve seen this time and again: the highest achievers in the world have all succeeded because they mapped out their visions. The person who has a clear, compelling, and white-hot burning why will always defeat even the best of the best at doing the how.”
- “In one of my interviews with Brian Tracy, he put it this way: ‘Top people have very clear goals. They know who they are and they know what they want. They write it down and they make plans for its accomplishment. Unsuccessful people carry their goals around in their head like marbles rattling around in a can, and we say a goal that is not in writing is merely a fantasy. And everybody has fantasies, but those fantasies are like bullets with no powder in the cartridge. People go through life shooting blanks without written goals – and that’s the starting point.’”
- “When it comes to breaking old bad habits and starting new ones, remember to be patient with yourself. If you’ve spent twenty, thirty, or forty years or more repeating the behaviors you’re now trying to change, you’ve got to expect it’s going to take time and effort before you see lasting results.”
- “Any new habit has to work inside your life and lifestyle.”
- “Your old ways and your old conditioning are just like the inertia of the merry-go-round or the pull of gravity. Everything just wants to stay at rest. You’ll need a lot of energy to break your inertia and get your new enterprise under way. But once you get momentum, you will be hard to stop – virtually unbeatable – even though you’re now putting out considerably less effort while receiving greater results.”
- “The key to becoming world-class in your endeavors is to build your performance around world-class routines. It can be difficult, even futile, to predict or control what will show up in the middle of your workday. But you can almost always control how your day starts and ends.”
Who’s this book for?
The Compound Effect is a great book for someone just getting started, someone who’s fallen down and trying to get back on the horse, or the avid self-help reader that loves mining the endless mountains of self-improvement books in search of a new gem they can use or recommend to a friend.
On the flip side, if you’ve read a lot of self-help books in the past and are looking for more nuanced or specialized material then this book might not be for you. As Darren Hardy himself says:
“Here’s the bottom line: You already know all that you need to succeed. You don’t need to learn anything more. If all we needed was more information, everyone with an internet connection would live in a mansion, have abs of steel, and be blissfully happy. New or more information is not what you need – a new plan of action is. It’s time to create new behaviors and habits that are oriented away from sabotage and toward success. It’s that simple.”
This quote is a great encapsulation of the book’s focus: mindset, motivation, and a call to action for small improvements that fit any lifestyle.
Here are some of the techniques the author covers to aid the reader on their quest:
- Book End Your Days.
- Registering Your Rhythm.
- Game Changers: Five Strategies for Eliminating Bad Habits.
- Six Techniques for Installing Good Habits.
These techniques focus on accessibility for virtually anyone in any situation. I use my own variation of two of these on an almost-daily basis. That is the greatest endorsement I can think of and makes the trivial amount of time and money invested in this book worth it’s weight in gold.
With that being said, if you think you’ve got the mindset, motivation, and conceptualization down and are looking for a book that spends more time on the actual mechanics of habit building, then I’d recommend Atomic Habits by James Clear or The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg for a book the dives deeper into the science behind habits.
Bonus Quote: “Learning without execution is useless.”
Go forth and conquer!