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The Compound Effect Paperback – October 2, 2012
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―Keith Ferrazzi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who's Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone
"A terrific distillation of the essential fundamentals needed to achieve the life you've always imagined. Master these basics, and you will be the master of your future!"
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When viewing in kindle and I'm half way through, none of the pictures are visible. Even some text (see the example) is unreadable.
It's like a teaser (movie trailer): 'Life comes down to this formula:" ....<<unreadable text>>
I wonder who made a kindle version and didn't check the results.
So far I like the book, but I feel cheated for not having all the content.
Kindle version needs to be updated and pushed back out to buyers.
The main premise of this book is the idea that slow and steady wins the race. It is very helpful the way Darren reminds us that even ridiculously small changes can, if applied CONSISTENTLY, produce huge effects over time. He also reminds us of the power in taking responsibility for our own actions, and that if we want to "manage" something, we must first "measure" it. I also love the idea of putting success on "autopilot" through establishing good habits.
There are a million books out there in this space. I should know, I've read most of them! But this is one of a handful that I think belongs on everyone's bookshelf, at least everyone who is interested in personal development and improvement. You can't go wrong with this one.
When you read it, you will understand the wisdom and the "level" of Darren Hardy. The compound effect is simple, effective in every aspects of your life. You believe it or not, doesn't matter, because it still happens (for or against you - you decide!).
To Darren Hardy: I admire you. I wish you best of luck, happiness, success and health. I know that you will continue inspiring people, helping everyone to transform, and making this work a better place! Thanks so much!
Darren Hardy illustrates how the little things really do add up. Additionally, he gives lots of concrete examples from his own life as well as the lives of many uber successful people he has interviewed and studied as part of his role at Success magazine.
I have gifted this book to ten of my former students for graduation. Pair this with Scott Trench’s Set for Life, and any 18 year old has an unstoppable recipe for success and freedom in their life.
Highly, highly recommend!!!
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On the plus side, there is some good advice in this book, albeit relatively obvious stuff that most people will have heard before - eat a little less every day and you'll likely lose weight; walk a bit more every day and you'll likely get fitter; save a little bit of money every day and you'll likely build up some savings, etc.. Combine all these things together and you'll have an awesome life.
However, it becomes apparent through the book that there is "something more" on offer, and the hints get more and more blatant as the book goes on, referencing other books / websites / programmes. The closing paragraph is a very blatant suggestion that you should go buy 5 more copies of the book and give them to your friends, because, you know, sharing is winning. If you visit the suggested website for the "free templates", there is a very enticing offer to join a "live webinar", exclusive to you, because you're special. And by an amazing coincidence, this invitation-only exclusive webinar happens to start within about 30 minutes of you reading about it, better click that register button quick... And OMG, I never felt so sullied watching the "live" webinar - it was obvious what was going on but I was fascinated to watch to the end to see how bad it got. It was the worst (or best?!) of clichéd double-glazing sales tactics, the kind where once you've let them into your house, they'll never leave and never stop talking and the amazing exclusive deal is only available if you sign RIGHT NOW. And what's more, because you're so amazing and you're a winner, right, and he really likes you, he's going to offer you this extra package, worth THOUSANDS, for free. And another one. And another one. Aaaaaand another one, holy cow he goes on and on and on. And then we get "you're a winner just for being here, but real winners take ACTION, not like all the losers who don't take action. Are YOU a winner or a loser? I just know you're a winner, so show me by taking action. Take action now and give me $2000 for the full programme with all this amazing free stuff worth $10000 !!!!" I was enthralled at the shamelessness. And was happy to walk away a loser (in his eyes).
The book is 150 odd pages of the same information, just regurgitated in different ways. It's also very promotional to the other content this author has done, be it books, magazines or businesses.
It's very obvious that saving 10% of your salary each month with interest on top is going to accumulate over time. The same goes for wanting to lose weight, if you reduce your intake by whatever each day then of course you'll lose weight.
This whole book is based on common sense, rather than the motivational 'JUMPSTART' the cover claims it to be.
In all honesty, it's not worth buying - if you just sit for an hour and have a really good think about your goals and break them down step by step, it'll have the same effect on your life and you'll have saved yourself £10.
Having said that, Hardy is insufferable and arrogant, and his writing and references to 'Karen' saying this and 'Tom' doing that really grated on me. There was undoubtedly a level of bulls--t with many of his anecdotes, and the constant harping on about SUCCESS Magazine was a bit repetitive and unnecessary.
A mixed bag here for sure, but the message about the Compound Effect is clear and simple and something that I will carry with me for life, as well as recommend to my friends and family...with the caveat of taking Hardy himself with a pinch of salt.
This isn't a 'get rich/fit/thin quick' plan. It teaches the value of hard work and consistency with some action plans included, and that is, I think, something more people need to understand.
It helps you understand how a great habit kept consistent will bring you very far. I will also recommend this book to those who are thinking to lose weight in the long term.
The way Darren Hardy portrays his own example in real life is an eye opener.