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Book review: The Compound Effect

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“The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy

In this book Darren Hardy argues that there is no quick fix and short cut to success; instead to achieve success in any endeavour, one has to take consistent reasonable-intensity actions over a very long period of time.

The book offers many practical advices and it is best recommended to read this book after reading “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell and “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. If the 10,000 hour principle in “Outliers” sheds light on the the monstrous efforts it takes to become a master, “The Power of Habit” shows how little or no effort it takes to maintain an activity once it becomes a habit. And this book “The Compound Effect” teaches you to start taking “baby” steps towards the goal, to keep it at reasonable intensity so as to avoid burn out and give up, and finally to reach the habit stage, where further efforts come as a second nature and makes it easy to put in the 10,000 hours required for mastery. The principle demonstrated in this book is analogous to a frog sitting in warm water that is gradually heated up. Should the frog receive the sudden shock of hot water, it jumps out; but heated up gradually, it does not notice the rising temperature. In the same way, when human efforts start gradually and with low intensity, it will pave the path towards solid habit and eventual mastery and success.

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