The Compound Effect is a good reminder of the steps to accomplishing anything well. Darren Hardy discusses the psychology behind how success is a compound effect established by small steps that lead to compounding many times over. It reminds me that small incremental steps are much better for the majority of changes we'd like to see take place in our life, with dramatic change only benefitting in rare circumstances before we default back into our old habits.
He starts with the dramatic results of monetary compound effects that I have heard time and time again. But, he then made a greater visual connections than other books I’ve read on success reminding the reader to multiply any purchase price by 3x to learn how much and if it is really a valued purchase to you — because it’s future value would be worth that much. He also reminds the reader how this compound effect spills over to other life areas. “You have to be willing to give 100% with zero expectation of receiving anything in return.” p. 29
One thing that I appreciated from the book is his focus on tracking life. I felt personally and dramatically convicted of my excuses and at the end of each chapter felt I had clear and simple steps to analyze and interpret how I could put changes into practice with a better way to reflect on my day and redirect for tomorrow. I track my finances but haven't considered tracking how I spend my time other than a casual and occasional observation. I blindly assumed that I was maximizing my time and managing my priorities in a way that lined up with my goals. Once I started tracking in the process of actually working, what I originally thought cheesy and pointless, I recounted how quickly and regularly I get distracted from the important task of the moment.
He addresses the human inability to focus in a society praised for multi–tasking further brought on by information at a moment's notice through technology. The author suggests three weeks (21 days) to convert old habits and provides a helpful weekly register which gives us the enjoyment of checking off boxes in completion of our tasks, whether it is what to do or what not to do. Along the way, I realized when I am confronted with internal resistance my default to accomplish meaningless (avoiding) tasks is to check social media. This encourages my human nature to be negative which viral media can so easily do. Also, do I start my day active or reactive? How you start sets the pace for your daily rhythm.
I don't consider this book profound in the sense that there is new discoveries to be made other than the simple steps to self-discovery necessary to track and redirect toward where ‘persistence meets opportunity’. I suppose since I started reviewing success and mastery years ago I now have started to see new revelations into how accomplishment happens and so it’s become more real to me, the simple steps, the importance of daily practice. Of seeking God, loving my wife, serving others, and how to track and appropriately respond to my actions and whether they do or don't line up with my words.
Finally, I appreciate Darren Hardy's daily routines and processes to compare to my own and glean a few new insights. I highly recommend the book!