Studio 747 - A Lifestyle Blog for Creative Minds: Book Review: "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Review: "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy

We’ve lost sight of the simple but profound fundamentals of what it takes to be successful.” -- Darren Hardy

As we start a New Year, this is the time when people reflect on what they accomplished last year, what they did not accomplish, and what they hope to achieve this year. Of course, all of us want to be successful, right?

Success means different things for each of us, but in this post we’re going to cover success in terms of achieving your goals. Maybe you want to increase your income, eat healthier, or simply become a happier person.

One of my favorite magazines to read is SUCCESS magazine. I always look forward to receiving it in my mailbox and I’ve built up a collection of past issues. When I need a little energy boost or inspiration, I just open up one of the magazines and read a couple articles. I consider it food for the mind.

Darren Hardy, the publisher of SUCCESS, has come out with a book titled The Compound Effect: Multiplying Your Success One Simple Step at a Time.

Over the years there have been many books written on the topic of success and how one can go about becoming a successful person. I’ve read many of these books, but Darren offers no-fluff information and guidelines to help you become the best person that you can be. Yes, there will be homework, but if you do what he suggests, you will feel so much better about where your life is headed!

The book is divided into six very easy to read chapters:

Chapter 1 - The COMPOUND EFFECT in Action
Chapter 2 - Choices
Chapter 3 - Habits
Chapter 4 - Momentum
Chapter 5 - Influences
Chapter 6 - Accelaration

Every chapter is filled with helpful advice, action steps, and examples of what you can do to stay on the path of success. To get you going, at the end of each chapter Darren offers “Summary Action Steps” you can implement before starting the next chapter. At the end of the book there’s even a “Resource Guide” which includes various assessments and different tools to keep track of your progress.

I suspect that the big eye-opener for people will be in Chapter 2 of the book when Darren talks about how you are 100% responsible for your life. That means step up and stop blaming circumstances and everybody else for why your life isn’t going the way you want it to.

Chapter 2 is also my favorite part of the book because I’m always preaching to people that they always have choices in life. I often hear people saying that they “have no choice” when it comes to staying in a bad situation whether it be a job or hurtful relationship. You do have a choice…and every second you stay in that situation, you’re making that choice.  The same goes for choosing to have a poverty mindset or choosing to attract more abundance. Which would you rather have?

The Compound Effect is one of those books I wish I had read back in my 20’s - before I developed some of the bad habits I currently have. However, it’s never too late to turn things around and start over!

In my own personal life, reading this book has inspired me to kick my coffee-drinking habit - something I’ve been trying to do for the past two years. I realized that I spent way too much money on coffee. Besides, I didn’t really like how caffeine made my body jittery and tense sometimes. So I went from drinking caffeinated coffee to decaf and I’ve been drinking decaf for the past month. In the next month I plan to stop drinking coffee altogether. If I do drink coffee, it will strictly be organic decaf coffee.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of not achieving your goals, I highly recommend reading this book!

Click here to purchase "The Compound Effect" on or subscribe to SUCCESS Magazine.

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