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No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenom ...more
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published by SUCCESS Books (first published 2010)
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Neda سلام
واسه من انتشارات آتیسا بود با ترجمه بهاره رزاقی که متاسفانه با وجودی هم که ویراستار داره و چاپ هجدهم رو هم خریدم، خوب نبود. این ترجمه رو اصلا توصه…more
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Prasenjeet Kumar
Jun 27, 2014 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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of The Compound Effect. It rings so true. The little decisions you make and habits you have amass into life-altering results as they're compounded over years.

BUT DARREN HARDY IS INSUFFERABLE. I have never been so annoyed, nor have I ever had the displeasure of having to read quite so many pages by one quite as egotistical and self-inflating. Not only this, but he sees himself as so superior to others. He had the audacity to recommend that you choose your friends by their bank a
Krishna Chaitanya
The compound effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.
Small, smart choices + Consistency + Time = Radical difference

The only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time.

The compound effect is always at work in the background whether you notice it or not. If you make smart, small choices and develop good habits then over time you reap massive results, on the other
Dec 27, 2011 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
Amit Mishra
Aug 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Seriously, I read this book. The communication about this book, mostly a perception or a hype or 'Good' thoughts about it, has certainly culminated with a compound effect. Something that you don't realise when it happens; you realise such incidents or executions only after being finished.
The compound effect as a book has stuffed lavishing metaphors, sensational imagery and 3-3.5 kg of motivation and we are buying it. Yes, there is a chance that the book might turn on the goal-chasing dynamics i
Lars-Christian Elvenes
Given the one star for "complete bullshit level" that I mention in the review, and some good input in the comments (thanks Mick and Sasha), I'm bumping this one up to two stars. It did have a few things (mentioned in the review) that set it apart from other books that truly deserve one star, so in retrospect I was a bit harsh when I rated this one the first time. Beyond that, my review stands.
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Not sure where I got this one from, to be honest. Had it lying around, and
"Luck = Preparation (personal development) + Attitude (beliefs /mindset) + Opportunity (a good thing coming your way) + Action (seizing the opportunity)"

Anyone interested in understanding the compound effect and how it can change our life can read this book. The book is a self-help and personal development and can help in developing good habits and routines.

The author shared an unexpectedly interesting activity, that goes like this: He writes about how he made a daily ledger of his wife's at
Ida Sani
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, business
My main takeaways:
1. Small smart choices completed consistently over time make a radical difference in one’s life.
2. Luck consists of 4 components: preparation, attitude, opportunity, and action.
3. Humans behave like automatons, rarely getting out of their comfort zones and making changes to their lives. Tracking habits gives an insight into the choices people unconsciously make every day.
4. Creating a healthy morning and evening routine helps start and finish the day strong.
G V  Sandeep
"Small things done for a long period of time will yield great results." That's it! You don't need to read the book now. ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
The author starts by saying to trust him because he publishes a magazine about success and so has gone over thousands of real and bogus stories and will tell you only the real stuff. Then he goes right into highlighting Dr. Oz and his notoriously non-evidence-based medical advice. No thanks.
Narges Salmanizadeh
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Im not mostly intrested of these types of books but this one is a MUST, thanks to my friend that push me to read this. There are lots of things we are doing unintentionally and made lots of problem, we are hanging out with the ppl they dont worth spending time for [in this book called them three minutes ppl], we dont know the exact way of saving money, we are not aware how our thoughs can control us.. Reading this book will lead you to do what you have to.

•• The note below taken from book:
If yo
Nadin Adel
The Compund Effect!

Remember that old story about the rabbit and the turtle?

Then, it's the same motto to learn throughout the chapters of this book. In a simple illustration, this can be summarized as follows:

In short. The right book at the right time! An exciting book for an exciting boost. What made it more motivating and boosting is that I listened to it as an audio book by the author himself! Well, not to mention that was while I was jogging and doing some household work. Anyway that doesn
Emma Sea
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Reading these has become my equivalent of self-flagellation.

It's been a really weird year. The careful schedule I thought I was creating for myself in 2016 got interrupted with . . . shitty life stuff. I took refuge in reading books on productivity and writing because I have never felt more unproductive and unanchored. I can see the glow of dawn, now. Three more months and I should be able to be settled. And the gods know, I can do so much more with my time than read a book like The Compound Eff
Oct 16, 2013 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
Amir Tesla
This book provides you time-proven strategies to increase your productivity and effectiveness. The compound effect refers to little small but lasting productive changes that yield enormous results in the long run.

It makes a perfect combination if read after the One Thing book written by Gary Keller.

I acquired a couple of techniques from the book the profoundly affected my productivity. In addition, in final chapters, it gives a perfect mindset which strengthens the compound effect of your deeds
Jul 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
this book was honestly the pep talk i needed! 🫶🏻
i recommend to those who enjoyed atomic habits by james clear!
An unexpected treat: Hardy writes about how he made a daily ledger of his wife's attributes - the styling of her hair, how she made the bed ... whatever touched him that day - and did so devotedly for a full year. He then gifted the journal to his wife on Thanksgiving, who cried upon receiving it. The diary taught him persistence, discipline, and overall forced him to look at his wife with new eyes each day and fall more deeply in love with her.

For this reason and many, many more, The Compound
Wanna get motivated? Just read The Compound Effect!
this is my first recommendation to anyone who's new to the self help / personal development / productivity field. it's definitely a must-read for every dreamer out there. And its combination with Atomic Habits works like a charm! :D
Megan O'Russell
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Here's the thing....
If I were only concerned with success and not at all concerned about being a decent human, I could probably agree with a lot of this book.
As it is, there are a few helpful hints and good catch phrases, but mostly this book is asking people to be self-absorbed, inhuman sharks. Hardy also ends with a blatant push for you to gift the book to your friends. Friends that should no longer speak to you if you aren't the picture of health, wealth, and success.
I hope that Hardy is hi
May 28, 2012 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
Mario Tomic
Sep 02, 2014 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
J.F. Penn
Jan 11, 2012 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
Jenny Baker
I love the tone of this book. It feels like a true friend who calls you out on your BS, because they truly care about you.

This book is full of actionable strategies! Every chapter ends with a series of questions you need to answer to help you determine where you are right now and what you need to do next to build the future you want. He gives examples without a lot of fluff. He does advertise his own websites and products, but overall, I got a lot out of this book.

A lot of it is learning how t
Oct 20, 2011 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
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, self-help
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. ...more
May 30, 2014 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.

Ian McGaffey
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great look at the small things you can do to achieve success. Like the author states you don't see the years of work that came before the success. I also enjoyed the section on streamlining your schedule for success. ...more
Jan 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book tells us readers about the things that you need to do in order to be successful.

Darry Hardy took the fundamentals that are simple yet very profound for the path - taken to be successful. The book has many chapters that all related to each other.

Basically a commandment that can be followed to reap huge rewards from series of small but smart choices and changes. The most important and interesting fact about this process is that even though the steps might not seem significant or worth do
Laura Noggle
“Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE

Great quick read, especially if you like these kinds of books. Reminded me of James Clear's Atomic Habits, but snappier, and less focused on process—more on the why.

Very quotable, can see myself revisiting this one.

“If you want to have more, you have to become more. Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had this « power of little things » perspective on life, but a biased idea about consistency. The book organizes one's thoughts and orients intuition to build a better strategy and track oneself. It mostly supports 'positive knowing' rather than any poorly founded 'positive thinking', which kind of makes it different from materials stuffed with motivational speeches that lack practical principles. Although the law of attraction for me is only half the equation, the reference was quite fair ove ...more
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Darren Hardy is today’s preeminent Success Mentor having been a central business leader in the personal growth and success industry now for more than 20 years. He has led three success television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows featuring most every influential thought leader of our times. And for eight years Darren led the rebirth of SUCCESS Magazine as its publisher and founding editor.


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