Sometimes when we feel lost in life we want answers to all our questions. And we want them now.
The Compound Effect is one of the first books I read when I was feeling the most lost. It taught me valuable lessons that have guided me through my journey towards the life I want to create.
In this post, I’m going to share with you some of the most important lessons Darren Hardy taught me and why they apply to you if you feel lost in life.
5 Lessons I Learned From The Compound Effect, By Darren Hardy
- “The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. What’s most interesting about this process to me is that, even though the results are massive, the steps, in the moment, don’t feel significant.” This applies to our journey when we feel lost in life because only by performing small actions like journaling for 10 minutes, enrolling in a small online course, reading 1o pages of a book a day, we can create long-lasting change. I know feeling lost is exasperating and we just want to fix it immediately, but understanding that that’s not possible is key in the process.
- “By the end of this book, or even before, I want you to know in your bones that your only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time.” Confirmed. I used to believe bloggers had such a glamorous life, so cool. And yes, it’s cool to be a blogger but it also entails A LOT of dull tasks that you have to do. And what are we going to do about it? Just suck it up and do it because there’s no other option. By avoiding the not-so-cool tasks of any work you want to do, you’ll be setting yourself up for catastrophic failure.
- “Everything in your life exists because you first made a choice about something. Choices are the root of every one of your results. Each choice starts a behavior that over time becomes a habit. Choose poorly, and you just might find yourself back at the drawing board, forced to make new, often harder choices. Don’t choose at all, and you’ve made the choice to be the passive receiver of whatever comes your way.” This one hit hard because it’s true. I realized I’d made the choice to stay the same for years. To stay comfortable doing the same type of work over and over even though I knew I was better than that. And it cost me. A lot.
- “Forget about willpower. It’s time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams.” This was life-changing, to say the least. At that moment, I was pitching translation clients and the process was so tedious for me, I’d usually stop doing it for 2 or 3 days in a row. However, as soon as I wrote the reason why I wanted to do it and why it was beneficial for me, it stuck with me and I started doing it non stop. I eventually quit pitching clients but not because I didn’t like the process. It was because I realized those projects wouldn’t take me where I wanted to be in life. And it was a powerful choice! A conscious one.
- “The one skill most responsible for the abundance in my life is learning how to effectively set and achieve goals. Something almost magical happens when you organize and focus your creative power on a well-defined target. (…) The person who has a clear, compelling, and white-hot burning why will always defeat even the best of the best at doing the how.” Before The Compound Effect, I hated setting long-term goals. I use to say I wanted to let life surprise me. But now that I think about it, I think I was just scared of doing it because it’s hard! And I didn’t know how to proceed. This is also where I started to get rid of all my doubts. I knew I wanted to build my own business but deep down I didn’t think I was capable. However, when I tuned in my why, I started making conscious, informed, good choices that would eventually lead me there.
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This book didn’t give me just a reason to believe small habits are key to success, it was also a wake-up call.
Before reading it, I couldn’t quite understand why I was going through this.
However, while I was reading it, I started to acknowledge the choices that led me to that precise moment in my life. I realized what I’d done, what I hadn’t, what I lacked and I started to create a plan based on that new knowledge I’d discovered about me.
Think about it: Which choices have you made that led you to the point you’re today? To find your way and live the life you desire, the first thing you need to give up is your victim mentality.
Start taking 100 percent responsibility for yourself.
That’s the only way to fix your life because it’lñl allow you to acknowledge what you’ve been doing wrong.
The Compound Effect is a marvelous self-help book with touches of motivation. It’s perfect for people who feel lost and insecure. For people who think it’s too late or too hard to start.
“[It] contains the essence of what every super achiever needs to know, practice, and master to obtain extraordinary success. Inside you will hear strategies on:
- How to win every time
- Eradicating the bad habits that are derailing your progress
- Painlessly installing the few key disciplines required for major breakthroughs
- The real, lasting keys to gaining and sustaining motivation
- Capturing the elusive, awesome force of momentum
- The acceleration secrets of superachievers”
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — They say it was Aristotle who said this, but apparently it was Will Durant
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