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2.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu? Been there, read this!, April 23, 2011
This review is from: The Compound Effect (Perfect Paperback)
If you are brand new to any self help, success oriented books or audio then this might be eye opening to you.

However, if you are an avid reader of such topics then you will find that this book/audio is basically a greatest hits of other people's work, some credited, but much plagiarized without acknowledgment. Now, most if not all self help gurus share similar concepts and information usually by putting their own spin on it so it can be more easily understood or create a light going off in your head but The Slight Edge (where the entire premise is the compound effect) by Jeff Olsen, 212, The Extra Degree and Pump Handles by Zig Ziglar are quoted verbatim (or extremely close to it) without credit to the authors, and they were all published first.

If you read Success Magazine (and you should) then you'll also hear a lot of references from past articles you may have already read. This along with motivational quotes and stories (Jim Rohn, Jack Canfield, etc.) make this book an excellent read. Original and groundbreaking? No. Will it get you headed in the right direction? Only if you apply it. Would I recommend it first? No, pick up The Slight Edge or subscribe to Jim Rohn's newsletter (it's free) and start there, this book is more of a refresher course rather than one of the Masters.

I could also do without the bragging about Mr. Hardy's accomplishments throughout, John Maxwell, Earl Nightingale, Earl Schaoff, Jim Rohn and all the greats don't do that stuff, they let their teachings speak for themselves or use examples of how other people succeeded from their guidance (which Hardy does at times) but Mr Hardy, repeatedly saying he became a millionaire in his early 20's adding in that he found the perfect wife (based on a 40 page list of requirements) can come across as immature, insecure and a bit anal.

Again, this book has merit just don't get turned off by the ego, maybe it's excitement.
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Initial post: May 4, 2011 4:50:24 AM PDT
You're right. This book is a complete rip-off. This guy, Darren, more or less rewrote "The Slight Edge". Is this type of behaviour legal?

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2011 5:37:02 AM PDT
LBLI says:
While normally it can be considered illegal, I know that Success Magazine has a direct relationship with Jeff Olsen, so I doubt there will be any problems arising in that manner, but it's still unoriginal at many points, cheers!

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 5:53:28 PM PST
Just a guy says:
What gave me deja vu was reading your review under 2 different usernames, word for word.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2015 8:24:22 AM PST
LBLI says:
Well I only have one log in for Amazon so maybe Mr. Hardy ripped me off too.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 9:56:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 24, 2015 10:00:02 PM PDT
Actually, Darren does give a nod to Jeff Olson in The Compound Effect, and directs the credit, rightfully so, to Jim Rohn. Jim was the mentor for both Jeff and Darren, so the concepts of both The Slight Edge & The Compound Effect come from Jim.

And had he not written The Compound Effect, there are a lot of people who never would've found out about the principle of small changes creating major transformations, when applied consistently, over time.

And just for clarity, the wife part? He wrote down 40 pages of what he was looking for in the perfect woman (for him), and then he wrote another 40 pages about who HE would have to become, in order to attract that quality of woman. So it wasn't just "Oh, I'll write it down, and she'll appear". He had to change :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2015 2:12:56 PM PDT
Huntdog5000 says:
Agreed, well said!

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 1:46:02 AM PST
Julian F. says:
Just ordered it as it it reaffirms thoughts I have had around lifes processes. Just love really enjoyed your comments and angle you take on observations. Very sure they are true. Well said.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 3:21:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2016 3:21:56 PM PDT
IA says:
This is a strange review that does not make sense. I don't understand when people go off into this "There are other books ...," "Nothing new here that other books didn't say..." The logic does not make sense. It's like you are saying that there should be just one or two books on any given topic, or just one or two books presenting a certain idea.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2016 4:04:58 PM PDT
LBLI says:
There's a difference between expanding on an idea and plagiarizing complete ideas, don't you think? I prefer the concept of or introducing new insight into an existing topic or concepts, otherwise what need do I have for it?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2016 4:07:28 PM PDT
LBLI says:
And what about Sam Parker and Zig Ziglar? No credit there sir but I appreciate your opinion.
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