Published – January 1st 2010
Classification – Non-Fiction
Summary – The Compound Effect is “the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.” Modest choices or habits will greatly change anything. Everybody knows you can’t buy success; hard work, discipline, and consistent patterns can.
Let me skip right to the point: this book is AMAZING. I haven’t read any other book that is better for someone who is trying to kick a bad habit, start a new habit, or change their life in any way. This book can be the game changer. I recommend picking it up if you’re just at the beginning of making a change or if you want extra motivation while trying to reach a goal.
Ok, before I get too gung ho about change, I’ll recognize not everybody loves change. Right away on page 13, Darren Hardy talks about three friends who each choose to make a small change in their life. One makes no change. One starts to read 10 minutes a day and implements something he read: to cut 125 calories from his diet every day. The last friend buys a new TV and drinks one alcoholic drink per week. After 25 months, one is exactly where they were two years ago, one is 33.5 lbs lighter and earned a promotion, and one is 33.5 lbs heavier and lacks energy.
Ten minutes a day and 125 less calories isn’t a colossal change to make, but the ripple effect was huge. Another example was Beverly, who wishes she could run a marathon. Finding her “why” and walking a one-mile loop around her house led to loosing more than forty pounds and running full marathons. It also gave her raised self esteem, renewed energy, and heightened sales at work, as well as “healthier” friends and a better relationship with her husband…all from starting to walk a one mile loop.
Hardy starts by recommending to track at least one behavior in the area of your life you’d like to change or improve. He then gives some “game changer” strategies, in which you start to gain momentum. He finishes off the book with acceleration to multiply your results.
My favorite part of The Compound Effect is under the subtitle “Thanksgiving Year Round” on page 26. If you’ve read this book (or after you finish), let me know your favorite part of the book in the comments below.
It was late December when I read this book and I couldn’t have picked up a better time of the year. It put me into the best mindset for ringing in the new year. You can bet that you will find me next December re-reading The Compound Effect. Who is with me?
Conclusion: This is a great book is highly recommended by me.
What do you think? Have you read the book and made any great improvements in your life? Let me know in the comments below!