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The Compound Effect

Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

By Darren Hardy
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The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy

The Compound Effect shows us how to make lasting changes by paying attention to the smallest decisions we make – and their cumulative effect on us. It’s about the slow burn, not the big gesture. Author Darren Hardy teaches us that by accepting responsibility for our own lives, we can change our habits and carve out a life that is more successful, fulfilling and happy.

  • Anyone who wants to improve their lives and transform their daily habits
  • Anyone who wants big, sustainable results
  • Anyone who’s tried quick fixes and gotten nowhere

Darren Hardy is a motivational speaker, bestselling author and the publisher of Success magazine. Previously, he was the executive producer of two television networks, The People’s Network, and The Success Training Network.

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The Compound Effect

Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

By Darren Hardy
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The Compound Effect shows us how to make lasting changes by paying attention to the smallest decisions we make – and their cumulative effect on us. It’s about the slow burn, not the big gesture. Author Darren Hardy teaches us that by accepting responsibility for our own lives, we can change our habits and carve out a life that is more successful, fulfilling and happy.

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Immediate results are less rewarding than steady improvement.

Fast money and fast promotions: we’re all looking for immediate results these days. But really, it’s long-term changes that produce positive differences and are far more rewarding.

In this age of “now, now, now!” we eat fast food because cooking takes too long, we go on quick-fix diet plans to drop 20 pounds in a week, and become restless if we’re not promoted within a year.

However, the more quickly we reach a goal, the bigger the consequences can be.

It’s not healthy to expect instantaneous results. When you don’t lose those 20 pounds in seven days, you might become disillusioned and think you never deserved a better life anyway.

What you need to do is take little steps, because daily, small, positive actions are the secret to long-term success.

Take Scott, for example. Instead of trying to shed 20 pounds in a week, he cut 125 calories from his daily diet, listened to self-improvement recordings as he commuted to work, and walked a little extra each day.

The result? In 31 months, he lost 15 kilos, and even got a promotion and pay rise at work.

Using the Compound Effect means knowing that every decision you make creates your destiny, and that you must work consistently before you can experience success. Then, when you reach your goals, you have to maintain discipline if you wish to build on them, or your hard work will be for nothing. Think of those restaurants that become so popular that you have to wait ages to get a table. They take their success for granted and stop doing what got them there in the first place. Then, suddenly, the service and menus become lackluster, and no one goes there anymore.

It’s crucial to avoid becoming dismayed when you don’t see immediate effects, and to ensure you keep generating good results.

So what are the keys to consistent success?

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