The Compound Effect explains that through consistent practice of even small daily improvements the effect in the long run will be huge. It’s a good and enjoyable read.
- Focus on doing the daily action that move you towards your goal
- Build momentum and results will start to compound
- Consistency is the key to compound results
Darren says most people get discouraged when they don’t see immediate results. But that’s the wrong mindset because:
Constant Actions Towards Your Goals
Great results require constant, daily effort spread over time.
The author suggests that you exchange the “right now mindset” with a mindset of daily micro achievements that are consistent with your goals and core values.
This was really the key part for me and I couldn’t help but nod along. Also read Grit by Angela Duckworth on the need for consistency and Start With WHY by Simon Sinek for actions in line with your core values (your WHY).
When To Be Patient
Since daily actions seldom yield immediately visible results, it begs an important question: How do you know you’re on the right path? How do you know you’re just not wasting your time?
To answer that question you should measure your growth, not your final results.
Since small daily steps towards your goals rarely give you huge results, you shouldn’t focus much on the final results when you’re starting it out and grinding it out. But you should focus on the growth.
If you can spot a growing trend, then you’re probably on the right path.
My Note: this is very important indeed because small growing trends usually don’t yield positive results until they reach a tipping point. And that’s when you start seeing the results and your daily efforts start paying off. And that’s when you start overcoming all those who chose the easy path.
This is a similar concept applied to disruptive technologies in Bold by Peter Diamandis.
Daily Small Steps of Discipline
You don’t get to huge success easy: success is daily discipline and doing the hard thing every day. Hardy says you should focus on positive daily habits that lets you take every day small incremental steps forward. If you’re straggling there you can focus on the beginning and the end. Start and end the day with positive actions towards the attainment of your goals.
And the author says that you need habits because willpower by itself is not enough.
To learn more on habits also check out The Power of Habit.
If you focus daily on improving and small daily steps as you move towards your goal, your effectiveness will compound over time. The steps you take daily don’t seem that significant. But over time, they will build upon each other.
Until years from now you will look back and be amazed at what you’ve achieved.
Consistency is The Compound’s Enabler
The author says that there’s one thing that matters the most and that trumps intensity or length of your efforts. And that is consistency. It’s consistency that builds momentum and enables the compound effect to achieve the unachiavable.
Obstacles Are The Way
Darren says that obstacles can spur your growth. The risk though is that you might feel accomplished after the big achievement and fall back on your old habits.
The key indeed is to keep going once you have overcome the obstacles. Also read The Obstacle is The Way.
Real Life Applications
I found the idea of measuring growth instead of final results enlightening. That’s a life changing concept there that alone is worth double the price of the book.
Align Your Actions to Your WHY
And here’s another key nugget of wisdom: make sure you daily actions are aligned to your goals and morals. Do what makes you fulfilled, do what moves you towards your goals.
It’s the daily grind and boring daily tasks that will propel you to great success.
The Compound Effect is a great, great read. The principles it outlines are simple yet enlightening and they key to achieving success. Some nuggets of wisdom -like measuring growth- can make the difference between you giving up and you soldiering on to success.