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

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  20,009 ratings  ·  1,614 reviews
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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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 wor
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
Lars-Christian Elvenes
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Complete self-help noobs
Recommended to Lars-Christian by: No idea how it came into my possesion
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. H
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
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 fro
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
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 motivati
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 o
Ida Sani
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, self-help
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.
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help, nonfiction
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.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had this exponential growth and 'the power of little things' perspective on life, I was quite confused and had a biased idea about consistency and this book helped me understand my problem.

It 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 differentiates from materials stuffed with motivational speeches that lack practical principles.

Okay, this
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.

Jan 06, 2014 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
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
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.
Taylor Millet
Dec 02, 2014 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
Wiebke (1book1review)
This was a quick read for me that didn't really tell me anything new. I mainly used it as a motivational boost to get back into my good habits (that I led slide during the dark months). It mainly reminded me of all the good strategies and habits I already use and have. So I got out of it what I wanted.

Nevertheless I think this book can be good for people starting out on the journey of tweaking their lives. I think this can be summed up as "be aware of what you do" and "small changes
Andy De Lima
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book with some great insight on the self-development discipline. Not everything original though, still worth a read if you are into motivational and peak performance literature.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A highly motivative book with great solutions and steps for a successful way of living.
Navaneethakrishnan Gopalakrishnan
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Navaneethakrishnan by: Michael Payne
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
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
I’d say the actual writing of the book is 2 stars and his lack of female examples is 1 star. (Insert eye roll) However, the theory and concept is 4-5 stars. So. 3 stars it is!
Jun 27, 2015 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
Srikantadatta  Tagadur
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book lives up to its title and will definitely give you a jump start in your life, if you start applying the easy to follow principles mentioned in the book. The topics touched upon and discussed by the author are very relatable and vividly explained.

The principle of compound effect may appear to be very simple at first and we have known it since times immemorial but we will reap the benefits only when we start applying this principle in our day to day activities. I can vouch for the effect
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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.

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” 55 likes
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