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The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

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Do you want success?
More success than you have now?
And even more success than you ever imagined possible?
That is what this book is about.
Achieving it.

No gimmicks. No hyperbole. Finally, just the truth on what it takes to earn success.

As publisher of SUCCESS magazine, author Darren Hardy has heard it all, seen it all, and tried most of it. This book reveals the core pr
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published by SUCCESS Books (first published 2010)
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Prasenjeet Kumar
Jun 27, 2014 Prasenjeet Kumar rated it it was amazing
I am not a great believer in get rich quick schemes, lose weight in 7 days, love at first sight, etc and so does this book.

This book is very different from the nonsense that media fills your mind everyday.

The best thing about the book is that it teaches you to work hard. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You have to work hard considerably everyday to make the compound effect work in favour of you.

According to the Author, the Compound Effect is always at work. You can make it work
Jan 02, 2012 Emmy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Going to be honest, I'm pretty sure this book was written for me.
The Compound Effect is a motivational book about what he calls - wait for it - the Compound Effect. The concept is basically to say that smaller steps over a long period of time will have a greater, more beneficial and successful effect on your life than bigger steps in a shorter period of time (that most people will not stick to). I am the type of person that gets revved up to make a change, is all-in for about a month (tops), and
Fatemeh sherafati
Oct 21, 2015 Fatemeh sherafati rated it really liked it
به نظرم خواندن کتاب های کاغذی در اتوبوس ها، در هنگام سفر های طولانی دشواری های سفر را تبدیل به راحتی و "حس خوب " میکند.
در دسته بندی کتابهایم ، به این کتاب برچسب کتابهای موفقیتی میزنم .
اکثر کتابهای سری موفقیت، با مضامینی تکراری، اما با بیان متفاوت هستند . بدون اینکه چیزی کم یا زیاد شوند، اما در مطالعه ی این کتاب به دو نکته ی متفاوت برخوردم که تاکنون در کتاب های دیگر به آن برنخورده بودم.
دومین نکته اشاره ی نویسنده به انتخاب فردی به عنوان همراه در مسیر موفقیت بود. که به نظرم جالب آمد.
چون وجود یک هم
May 28, 2012 Rob rated it it was amazing
Darren Hardy provided to me some great insight in that we are what we have chosen to be. When you find yourself in that rut of life, all you have to do is go back and review those choices you made that brought you to this point.

When I first tried to read this book, I felt overwhelmed about the information that he was providing as I was clearly in a rut. As I tried to initially read this book several months ago, I realized that it was not going to be easy to climb out of that rut and I gave up. I
May 30, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. This is not a motivational book, it's an actional book. I have really noticed major gains in my time and in my steps towards achieving my goals since I allowed myself to listen to Darren Hardy on YouTube.. and to think I almost turned it off!

This book also helped me clearly define my goals and why I want to achieve them

Darren Hardy is a great mentor. Get this book if you are serious about growing and becoming better.

Lars-Christian Elvenes
Sep 17, 2015 Lars-Christian Elvenes rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Complete self-help noobs
Recommended to Lars-Christian by: No idea how it came into my possesion
What to say...

Not sure where I got this one from, to be honest. Had it lying around, and decided it was a good book to practice a few new speed reading techniques on.

Took a look at this one on Amazon, and I guess I agree with a lot of the reviews there.

Basically, if you've never read a self-help book before, you'll find a few good pointers here.There's a foreword by Tony Robbins, and to be honest, that is the only thing that keeps this book on the honest side of things. Without that foreword, th
The Joy of Booking
Dec 11, 2011 The Joy of Booking rated it liked it
I can totally get behind the concept of using the power of compounding to create valuable changes in your life, especially with regard to tracking – spending, habits, changes. You have to know what you’re doing to know what you want to change, and you have to know the effects of the changes you’re making in order to see a difference.

But in general, this book sort of left me bored – the examples aren’t specific enough and are too simple for anyone who’s ever read any kind of self-help or inspirat
Jan 06, 2014 Hailey rated it it was amazing
This was the best and most amazing book I have ever read. It was full of useful life lessons that help you get your priorities in check and put you in a better place if and when you choose to apply them. My favorite part is when he talks about how to, "track every action." It really does work and my life is changing for the better because of it! Now, I hate reading. It is probably one of my least favorite things to do and I usually view it as a waste of time. However, I would read this book any ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it
There were parts of this book I liked, but other parts that I found to be complete B.S. It's meant to be motivational and on some levels it is but certain things the author suggests, I just don't believe to be feasible or realistic, at least of for me. For instance, he suggests not reading newspapers or watching the news but instead only having RSS feeds set up to filter any news relevant to your personal or professional goals. I think this would lead to a very narrow minded view of the world. H ...more
J.F. Penn
Jan 11, 2012 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it
Great book for self-help fans. I needed this as it sometimes feels like we are plugging away for little return. This book reminds us that it is little efforts, repeatedly done, over time that give us an effect that compounds over time.
So a choice to blog twice a week means in 3 years, you will have an online platform that's worthwhile. Or to write 2000 words a week means you have a book in a year. Or to eat less sugar every day means losing weight over the long term.
This book reminds you of so
Taylor Millet
Jan 19, 2015 Taylor Millet rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! I have always tried to consider the "why" behind things I'm doing in life, and this principle is at the core of Hardy's book. It was a very easy read with lots of applications (both direct invitations from the author and indirect inspirations from the stories and suggestions). And we aren't just talking about how to be more successful in a job or make more money, but how to have a more meaningful relationship with a loved one, how to get over bad habits, and a lot of reall ...more
Navaneethakrishnan Gopalakrishnan
Mar 14, 2016 Navaneethakrishnan Gopalakrishnan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Navaneethakrishnan by: Michael
The Compound Effect, as the name indicates it has lots and lots of compounded choices let it be small, but consistent and along the timeline it gives radical difference. At times, even simple small steps towards the difference will have ripple effect and changes the entire behavior towards the goal. Simplicity is the key of compound effect and its results are intangible but powerful which brings massive differences in results. To see the results of compound effect, one should keep working consis ...more
Angie Libert
May 06, 2014 Angie Libert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how the simplest ideas can have such a profound effect. This book is full of simple tips, but the implications of them are profound. I hope after reading this book I will be more mindful of what I am "compounding" in my life.
Jul 20, 2015 Ali rated it really liked it
The start is a bit boring and repetitive
The same simple idea is decorated differently and fed into first chapters
There are some brilliant ideas as the Big Mo or building routines which seem pretty useful and practical
Having read 'the power of habit ' and 'outliers' u can find conflicts in how habits and routines r introduced or whether success is all about hard work
Trying to fit the ideas into formulas may bother the reader more personally i found it mechanical and preferred leaving the reade
Jess Dollar
Dec 21, 2014 Jess Dollar rated it it was amazing
What a great book to read as the last book of my 2014 reading challenge!

This is a frequently recommended book on the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast so I got it from the library. An excellent, short, and easy read. I think I might have to buy this one for future reference since I found so many things worth committing to memory. This is the kind of book you read at least once a year to stay motivated and on top of your goals.

I loved the advice on curating your information sources (no news, especial
Harsimran Singh
Jul 23, 2012 Harsimran Singh rated it it was amazing
This is a literary gem that breaks down our lives into a small series of decisions - a necessary action these days as our lives move at high speeds with little time left for self-reflection. I highly recommend this book to all my readers, and anyone looking to improve their lives one decision at a time.

Similarly, my book breaks apart the decision process of immigrant billionaires and identifies 12 Keys to Success that everyone can use. : How 12 Immigrants Made Billions 12 Keys to Success by Harsimran Singh
Relleasy Harrison
Mar 05, 2015 Relleasy Harrison rated it it was amazing
one of the best books i have ever read in my life. this book has really helped me grow and create great habits. everyday i am aware of everything i do.
André Bueno
Feb 28, 2015 André Bueno rated it liked it
Great book though I felt his entire thesis is based on Jeff Olson's "The Slight Edge". The author even borrowed a few stories... The concept and delivery was good nonetheless.
Dawn CM
Mar 20, 2016 Dawn CM rated it it was amazing
Loved this book - a must read for all. A really great book to motivate.
HusamAldeen Alshloul
Apr 19, 2016 HusamAldeen Alshloul rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. Not too long, not boringly detailed, not too short, not missing on important points.
I bought the Audio book from audible, and listened to it while walking in a park. it was GREAT!!
I also recommend you have a small notebook or use your note app on your phone to write down a few notes as you are listening, because I assure you, There is a lot of point where you will want to write down a note :D

I recommend this book to everyone who is bored
Sep 16, 2015 Mireille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mireille by: Dominic Bellavance
Some of the language made me feel uncomfortable, mostly the part where the author was saying that most people are losers because they can't trust that their tiny efforts, compounded, will amount to this great big thing. (It also had some proviledge-y parts, like when he said to be aggressive and go super overboard to get a job - some things are viewed much better when it's a white dude who does them!!)

But apart from that, yeah, there is good advice in this book. Nothing revolutionary - newsflas
Pyung-Te Kim
Apr 19, 2016 Pyung-Te Kim rated it it was amazing
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Mario Tomic
Sep 28, 2014 Mario Tomic rated it it was amazing
One of the most empowering books you'll read! Darren Hardy, the author works with the most successful women and men throughout the world on a daily basis and has put everything he's learned from those people in one book. The book itself is very punchy, no fluff talk and straight to the point. It summarized the core of almost all success concepts into 1 book which makes it a great recommendation for someone who doesn't wanna go super deep into this and just get the most practical way to cut the l ...more
Allison Otting
Nov 30, 2014 Allison Otting rated it liked it
I enjoyed the begining of this book. It's given me a lot of great ideas on how to set goals and improve my life to be more fulfilling and become the person that I want to be. Overall, I think the idea of the compound effect is really powerful.

Towards the end of the book I just didn't feel as connected. The examples and principles began to be too money and power focused for me, and the thought of applying some of his suggestions made me feel like I would possibly become a more selfish money-drive
Dec 09, 2015 Quinn rated it really liked it
Another good self improvement book, with an emphasis on work and personal responsibility. Exercises after each chapter, and downloadable worksheets available online. I think that anyone who put genuine thought and effort into the ideas presented would see only positive effects.
Jul 02, 2014 Amita rated it really liked it
Basically, if you work hard you have an advantage over everyone else. You get what you put in and most people have bad habits/vices that get in the way of working hard. You can prioritize your goals, control your routines/habits, and get ahead.
Somethings I will remember:
-how making smaller, smarter choices will reap larger benefits in your career and life.
-remembering the power of our habits and checking my vices: is this something I want to do? or is it just a taken-for-granted habit?
Madhav Sekar
Jul 31, 2015 Madhav Sekar rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend - a simple principle that will help you do lots of cool shit.

Everyone should read this cause it's super short and incredibly valuable.
Galel Fajardo
Oct 29, 2014 Galel Fajardo rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone wanting to create lasting change in their life.
Nov 18, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
Eh, nothing new to me. I thought this book would center more on money, but it didn't. It focused on life in general...habits, tenacity, and optimism. The title and subtitle definitely overstate the book's effect. It's not a horrible read, but it feels like a compilation of all the other self-help books I've read combined.
Hrag Saatjian
Dec 14, 2015 Hrag Saatjian rated it it was amazing
Really solid book. Will help you achieve your goals.
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