Book summary: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Why do you have to read this book summary?

By reading this summary I will assure you that you don’t need to read a book. Because in this post I have covered all chapter’s lessons.

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Reason: Do you want success?

More success than you have now?

And even more, success than you ever imagined possible?

That is what this book is about. Achieving it.

No gimmicks. No hyperbole. Finally, just the truth on what it takes to earn success.

As publisher of SUCCESS magazine, author Darren Hardy has heard it all, seen it all, and tried most of it.

This book reveals the core principles that drive success.

The Compound Effect contains the essence of what every super achiever needs to know, practice, and master to obtain extraordinary success.

Inside you will find strategies for:

• How to win—every time!

The No. 1 strategy is to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor, even if they’re smarter, more talented, or more experienced.

• Eradicating your bad habits (some you might be unaware of!) that are derailing your progress.

 • Painlessly installing the few key disciplines required for major breakthroughs.

• The real, lasting keys to motivation—how to get yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing.

 • Capturing the elusive, awesome force of momentum. Catch this, and you’ll be unstoppable.

• The acceleration secrets of superachievers.

Do they have an unfair advantage? Yes, they do, and now you can too! If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you desire.

Begin your journey today!

Benefits:( Praise for The Compound Effect)

“This powerful, practical book, based on years of proven and profitable experience, shows you how to leverage your special talents to maximize the opportunities surrounding you.

The Compound Effect is a treasure chest of ideas for achieving greater success than you ever thought possible!”

 — Brian Tracy, speaker, and author of The Way to Wealth

“A brilliant formula for living an extraordinary life. Read it, and most importantly, take action upon it!” — Jack Canfield, co-author of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

“This book will enable you to climb the ladder of success two steps at a time. Buy it, read it, and bank it.” — Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Sales Bible and The Little Red Book of Selling

“Darren Hardy proves with The Compound Effect that common sense—when applied—yields amazingly uncommon results. Follow these simple steps and become who you were meant to be!” —Denis Waitley, speaker, and author of The Psychology of Winning

Want to know how?

No matter what you learn, what strategy or tactic you employ, success comes as the result of the Compound Effect. Darren hardy


This book summary is about success and what it really takes to earn it. It’s time someone told it to you straight. You’ve been bamboozled for too long.

There is no magic bullet, secret formula, or quick fix.

You don’t make $200,000 a year spending two hours a day on the Internet, lose 30 pounds in a week, rub 20 years off your face with a cream, fix your love life with a pill,

or find lasting success with any other scheme that is too good to be true. It would be great if you could buy your success, fame, self-esteem, good relationships, health, and well-being in a nicely clam-shelled package at the local Walmart.

But, that’s not how it works.

This book summary going to help you clear the clutter and bring focus to the core fundamentals that matter.

You can immediately implement in your life the exercises and time-tested success principles this book contains to produce measurable and sustainable results.

The author going to teach you to harness the power of the Compound Effect, the operating system that has been running your life, for better or worse.

Use this system to your advantage and you truly can revolutionize your life. You have heard you can achieve anything you set your mind to, right? Well, only if you know how.

The Compound Effect is the operator’s manual that teaches you how to master the system. When you do, there is nothing you can’t obtain or achieve.

New or more information is not what you need—a new plan of action is. It’s time to create new behaviors and habits that are oriented away from sabotage and toward success.

It’s that simple.

Let’s get started.


Do you know that expression, “Slow and steady wins the race”?

The author shares his dad’s story by giving examples :

Dad was the original “no excuses” guy. We weren’t ever allowed to stay home from school sick unless we were actually puking, bleeding, or “showing bone.”

One of Dad’s core philosophies was, “It doesn’t matter how smart you are or aren’t, you need to make up in hard work what you lack in experience, skill, intelligence, or innate ability.

If your competitor is smarter, more talented, or experienced, you just need to work three or four times as hard.

You can still beat them!”

Be the unusual guy, the extraordinary guy.

Dad gave me a serious head start on the discipline and mentality it takes to be dedicated and responsible, to achieve whatever I set out to achieve.

But if you’re like most people, you’re not a true believer.

You Haven’t Experienced the Payoff of the Compound Effect

The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.

Whether you’re using this strategy for improving your health, relationships, finances, or anything else for that matter, the changes are so subtle, that they’re almost imperceptible.

These small changes offer little or no immediate result, no big win, no obvious I-told-you-so payoff. So why bother?

Small, Smart Choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE

Examples of how it works:

If you were given a choice between taking $3 million in cash this very instant and a single penny that doubles in value every day for 31 days, which would you choose?

If you’ve heard this before, you know the penny gambit is the choice you should make—you know it’s the course that will lead to greater wealth.

Yet why is it so hard to believe choosing the penny will result in more money in the end? Because it takes so much longer to see the payoff.

Let’s take a closer look.

Let’s say you take the cold, hard cash and your friend goes the penny route.

On Day Five, your friend has sixteen cents. You, however, have $3 million. On Day Ten, it’s $5.12 versus your big bucks. How do you think your friend is feeling about her decision?

You’re spending your millions, enjoying the heck out of it, and loving your choice. After 20 full days, with only 11 days left, Penny Lane has only $5,243. How is she feeling about herself at this point?

For all her sacrifice and positive behavior, she has barely more than 11 $5,000.

You, however, have $3 million. Then the invisible magic of the Compound Effect starts to become visible.

The same small mathematical growth improvement each day makes the compounded penny worth $10,737,418.24 on Day Thirty-one, more than three times your $3 million.

In this example, we see why consistency over time is so important. On Day Twenty-nine, you’ve got your $3 million; Penny Lane has around $2.7 million.

It isn’t until Day Thirty of this 31-day race that she pulls ahead, with $5.3 million. And it isn’t until the very last day of this monthlong ultramarathon that your friend blows you out of the water; she ends up with $10,737,418.24 to your $3 million.

Very few things are as impressive as the “magic” of compounding pennies.

Amazingly, this “force” is equally powerful in every area of your life.

The phenomenal power of the Compound Effect is that simple.

The difference between people who employ the Compound Effect for their benefit t compared to their peers who allow the same effect to work against them is almost inconceivable. It looks miraculous! Like magic or quantum leaps.

In reality, his or her profound success was the result of small, smart choices, completed consistently over time.

Real and lasting success requires work—and lots of it!

Chapter 2: CHOICES

We all come into this world the same: naked, scared, and ignorant.

After that grand entrance, the life we end up with is simply an accumulation of all the choices we make.

Our choices can be our best friend or our worst enemy.

They can deliver us to our goals or send us orbiting into a galaxy far, far away.

Think about it. Everything in your life exists because you first made a choice about something. Choices are at 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.

In essence, you make your choices, and then your choices make you.

Elephants Don’t Bite

Have you ever been bitten by an elephant? How about a mosquito? It’s the little things in life that will bite you.

I’m talking about the decisions you think don’t make any difference at all.

It’s the little things that inevitably and predictably derail your success.

these seemingly insignificant decisions can completely throw you off course because you’re not mindful of them.

For example, you inhale a soda and a bag of potato chips and suddenly realize only after you polished off the last chip that you blew an entire day of healthy eating.

You’ve allowed yourself to make a choice without thinking.

And as long as you’re making choices unconsciously, you can’t consciously choose to change that ineffective behavior and turn it into productive habits.

It’s time to WAKE UP and make empowering choices.

Maybe you believe you’re simply unlucky. But really, that’s just another excuse.

We’re all lucky.

 If you are on the right side of the dirt, have your health, and have a little food in your cupboard, you are incredibly lucky. Everyone has the opportunity to be “lucky,” because beyond having the basics of health and sustenance, luck simply comes down to a series of choices.

Ah, spoken like a man knighted with wisdom. While we’re on the topic, it’s my belief that the old adage we often hear—“Luck is when opportunity meets preparation”—isn’t enough.

The (Complete) Formula for Getting Lucky:

Preparation (personal growth)

+ Attitude (belief/mindset)

+ Opportunity (a good thing coming your way)

+ Action (doing something about it) = Luck

Preparation: By consistently improving and preparing yourself— your skills, knowledge, expertise, relationships, and resources—you have the wherewithal to take advantage of great opportunities when they arise (when luck “strikes”).

Then, you can be like Arnold Palmer, who told SUCCESS magazine in February of 2009, “It’s a funny thing; the more I practice, the luckier I get.”

 Attitude: This is where luck evades most people, and where Sir Richard is spot-on with his belief that luck is all around us.

It’s simply a matter of seeing situations, conversations, and circumstances as fortuitous. You cannot see what you don’t look for, and you cannot look for what you don’t believe in.

Opportunity: It’s possible to make your own luck, but the luck I’m talking about here isn’t planned for, or it comes faster or differently than expected.

In this stage of the formula, luck isn’t forced. It’s a natural occurrence, and it often shows up seemingly of its own accord.

Action: This is where you come in.

However, this luck was delivered to you—from the universe, God, the Lucky Charms leprechaun, or whomever or whatever you associate with delivering your good fortune—it’s now your job to act on it.

This is what separates Richard Branson from Joseph Wallington. Joseph who? Exactly. You’ve never heard of him.

That’s because he failed to take action on all the lucky things that happened to him.

Pick an area of your life where you most want to be successful. Do you want more money in the bank?

A better relationship with your spouse or kids? Picture where you are in that area, right now. Now picture where you want to be: richer, thinner, happier, you name it.

The first step toward change is awareness.

If you want to get from where you are to where you want to be, you have to start by becoming aware of the choices that lead you away from your desired destination.

Become very conscious of every choice you make today so you can begin to make smarter choices moving forward.

To help you become aware of your choices, I want you to track every action that relates to the area of your life you want to improve.

If you’ve decided you want to get out of debt, you’re going to track every penny you pull from your pocket.

If you’ve decided you want to lose weight, you’re going to track everything you put into your mouth.

If you’ve decided to train for an athletic event, you’re going to track every step you take, and every workout you do.

Simply carry around a small notebook, something you’ll keep in your pocket or purse at all times, and a writing instrument. You’re going to write it all down.

Every day. Without fail. No excuses, no exceptions. As if Big Brother’s watching you.

Keep It Slow and Easy

Don’t panic. We’re starting off with an easy, breezy tempo. Just track one habit for one week.

Pick the habit that has the greatest control over you; that’s where you’ll start.

Once you begin reaping the rewards of the Compound Effect, you’ll naturally want to introduce this practice into other areas of your life.

In other words, you’ll choose to track.

Chapter 3: Habits

A wise teacher was taking a stroll through the forest with a young pupil and stopped before a tiny tree.

“Pull up that sapling,” the teacher instructed his pupil, pointing to a sprout just coming up from the earth. The youngster pulled it up easily with his fingers.

“Now pull up that one,” said the teacher, indicating a more established sapling that had grown to about knee high to the boy.

With little effort, the lad yanked and the tree came up, roots and all. “And now, this one,” said the teacher, nodding toward a more well-developed evergreen that was as tall as the young pupil.

With great effort, throwing all his weight and strength into the task, using sticks and stones he found to pry up the stubborn roots, the boy finally got the tree loose.

“Now,” the wise one said, “I’d like you to pull this one up.” The young boy followed the teacher’s gaze, which fell upon a mighty oak so tall the boy could scarcely see the top.

Knowing the great struggle he’d just had pulling up the much smaller tree, he simply told his teacher, “I am sorry, but I can’t.”

“My son, you have just demonstrated the power that habits will have over your life!” the teacher exclaimed. “The older they are, the bigger they get, the deeper the roots grow, and the harder they are to uproot.

Some get so big, with roots so deep, you might hesitate to even try.”

Aristotle wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

Psychological studies reveal that 95 percent of everything we feel, think, do, and achieve is a result of a learned habit!

We’re born with instincts, of course, but no habits at all. We develop them over time.

It’s time to WAKE UP and realize that the habits you indulge in could be compounding your life into a repeated disaster.

The slightest adjustments to your daily routines can dramatically alter the outcomes in your life.

A single poor habit, which doesn’t look like much at the moment, can ultimately lead you miles off course from the direction of your goals and the life you desire.

Assuming willpower is what you need to change your habits.

To fight the bear of your bad habits, you need something stronger.

What’s going to be different this time versus the times you’ve tried and failed before?

As soon as you get the slightest bit uncomfortable, you’re going to be tempted to slide back into your old, comfortable routine.

Forget about willpower.

It’s time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams.

So, what is yours why? You’ve got to have a reason if you want to make significant improvements to your life.

And to make you want to make the necessary changes, your why must be something that is fantastically motivating—to you.

You’ve got to want to get up and go, go, go, go, go—for years! So, what is it that moves you the most? Identifying your why is critical.

The power of your why is what gets you to stick through the grueling, mundane, and laborious. All of the hows will be meaningless until your whys are powerful enough.

“I have seen business moguls achieve their ultimate goals, but still live in frustration, worry, and fear. What’s preventing these successful people from being happy?

The answer is they have focused only on achievement and not fulfillment.

Extraordinary accomplishment does not guarantee extraordinary joy, happiness, love, and a sense of meaning.

These two skill sets feed off each other, and make me believe that success without fulfillment is a failure.”

Your life comes down to this formula: YOU: CHOICE + BEHAVIOR + HABIT + COMPOUNDED = GOALS     

                                                                        Decision             action   repeated action   time

That’s why it’s imperative to figure out which behaviors are blocking the path that leads to your goal, and which behaviors will help you accomplish your goal.

Okay, now it’s your turn.

Get out your little notebook and write out your top three goals.

Now make a list of the bad habits that might be sabotaging your progress in each area.

Write down everyone

Habits and behaviors never lie.

however. Let’s uproot those sabotaging bad habits and plant new, positive, and healthy ones in their place.

Five Strategies for Eliminating Bad Habits

  1. Identify Your Triggers

 Look at your list of bad habits. For each one you’ve written down, identify what triggers it.

Are you more likely to drink too much when you’re with certain people?

What emotions tend to provoke your worst habits—stress, fatigue, anger, nervousness, boredom?

What situations prompt your bad habits to surface— getting in your car, the time before performance reviews, visits with your in-laws? Conferences? Social settings? Feeling physically insecure? Deadlines?

Again, get out your notebook and write down your triggers. This simple action alone increases your awareness exponentially.

  • Clean House

Get to scrubbin’. And I mean this literally and figuratively.

If you want to stop drinking alcohol, remove every drop of it from your house (and your vacation house, if you have one). Get rid of the glasses, any fancy utensils or doo-dads you use when you drink, and those decorative olives, too.

  • Swap It

Look again at your list of bad habits. How can you alter them so that they’re not as harmful? Can you replace them with healthier habits or drop-kick them altogether?

As in, for good.

Play with this, and see what behaviors you can replace, delete, or swap out.

  • Ease In

I live near the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I get in the water, I get my ankles acclimated first, then walk in up to my knees, then it’s my waist and chest, before taking the plunge.

Some people just run and dive in and get it over with—good for them. Not me. I like to ease my way in.

be wise to give yourself some time to unravel them, one step at a time.

  • Or Jump In

Not everyone is wired the same way. Some researchers have found that it can be paradoxically easier for people to make lifestyle changes if they change a great many bad habits at once.

When I was a kid, my family camped at a little-known spot called Lake Rollins. The lake, situated not far from the Sierras in Northern California, is fed by glaciers that melt from atop the mountains of Lake Tahoe.

The water’s ridiculously cold. Every day we were there, my dad insisted that I water ski in the polar pond. All day I would be quietly anxious about the dreaded call to go in.

I loved to water ski; I just hated getting in the water.

A slight conflict of interest, because of course, there was no separating one from the other. Dad made sure that I never missed my turn, sometimes by actually physically throwing me in.

After a dozen or so excruciating seconds of near-hypothermia, I always found the water refreshing and rejuvenating.

My anticipation of getting in the water was actually worse than the reality of just jumping in. Once my body acclimated, water skiing was a blast.

And, yet, I went through this cycle of dread and relief each and every time.

That experience isn’t unlike that of suddenly dropping or changing a bad habit. For a short while, it can feel excruciating, or at least quite uncomfortable.

But just as the body adjusts to a changing environment through a process called homeostasis, we have a similar homeostatic ability to adjust to unfamiliar behavior changes.

Chapter 4: Momentum

if you remember your high-school physics class (you do, don’t you?), you’ll recall Newton’s First Law, also known as the Law of Inertia: Objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force.

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless something stops their momentum. Put another way, couch potatoes tend to stay couch potatoes.

Achievers—people who get into a successful rhythm— continue busting their butts and end up achieving more and more. It’s not easy to build momentum, but once you do, look out! Do you remember playing on merry-go-rounds when you were a kid? A bunch of your friends piled on, weighing the thing down, and then chanted as you worked to get the thing moving.

Getting started was slow going. The first step was always the hardest— getting it to move from a standstill. You had to push and pull, grimace and groan and throw your entire body into the effort.

One step, two steps, three steps—it seemed like you were getting nowhere.

After a long and hard effort, finally, you were able to get up a little bit of speed and run alongside it.

Adopting any change is the same way. You get started by taking one small step, one action at a time. Progress is slow, but once a newly formed habit has kicked in,

Your success and results compound rapidly.

The same thing happens when a rocket ship launches. The space shuttle uses more fuel during the first few minutes of its flight than it does the rest of the entire trip. Why?

Because it has to break free from the pull of gravity. Once it does, it can glide in orbit. The hard part? Getting off the ground.

Your old ways and your old conditioning are just like the inertia of the merry-go-round or the pull of gravity.

Everything just wants to stay at rest. You’ll need a lot of energy to break your inertia and get your new enterprise underway.

But once you get momentum, you will be hard to stop—virtually unbeatable—even though you’re now putting out considerably less effort while receiving greater results. 

Chapter 5: Influence

The people with whom you habitually associate are called your “reference group.”

According to research by social psychologist Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, your “reference group” determines as much as 95 percent of your success or failure in life. Who do you spend the most time with?

Who are the people you most admire? Are those two groups of people exactly the same? If not, why not?

Jim Rohn taught that we become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most. Rohn would say we could tell the quality of our health, attitude, and income by looking at the people around us.

The people with whom we spend our time determine what conversations dominate our attention, and to which attitudes and opinions we are regularly exposed.

Eventually, we start to eat what they eat, talk like they talk, read what they read, think as they think, watch what they watch, treat people how they treat them, and even dress as they dress.

The funny thing is, more often than not, we are completely unaware of the similarities between us and our circle of five.

it’s powerful to evaluate and shift your associations into three categories:

dissociations, limited associations, and expanded associations.


You already know this: There are some people you might need to break away from. Completely. This might not be an easy step to take, but it’s essential.

You have to make the hard choice not to let certain negative influences affect you anymore. Determine the quality of life you want to have, and then surround yourself with the people who represent and support that vision.

Limited Associations

There are some people you can spend three hours with, but not three days. Others you can spend three minutes with, but not three hours.

For example, the author has a neighbor who’s a three-minute friend. For three minutes, we have a great chit-chat, but we wouldn’t mesh for three hours.

I can hang out with an old high-school friend for three hours, but he’s not a three-day guy.

Expanded Associations

We’ve just talked about weeding out negative influencers. While you’re doing that, you’ll also want to reach out.

Identify people who have positive qualities in the areas of life where you want to improve—people with the financial and business success you desire, the parenting skills you want, the relationships you yearn for, and the lifestyle you love.

And then spend more time with them. Join organizations businesses and health clubs where these people gather and make friends.

CHAPTER 6 Acceleration

Here the author gives his example When he lived in La Jolla, California, for exercise and a test of will, he would regularly bike two miles straight up Mount Soledad.

There are very few things you can do voluntarily that cause more pain and suffering than riding a bike up a steep mountain without stopping.

There is a point at which you “hit the wall” and come face to face with your true inner character. Suddenly, all the projections and ideas you had about yourself have been stripped away and you’re left with the naked truth.

Your mind starts inventing all sorts of convenient alibis on why it’s okay to stop. It is then that you’re faced with one of life’s greatest questions: Do you push through the pain and continue on, or will you crack like a walnut and give up?

It’s not getting to the wall that counts; it’s what you do after you hit it.

Let’s say you’re weight training and your program calls for you to do twelve repetitions of a certain weight. Now, if you do the twelve, you’re fulfilling the expectations of your program.

Great job. Stay consistent, and ultimately, you will see this discipline compound into powerful results for you.

Yet, if you get to twelve, even if you’ve hit your max, and you push out another three to five reps, your impact on that set will be multiplied several times.

You won’t just add a few reps to the aggregate of your workout. No. Those reps done after you hit your max will multiply your results.

You’ve just pushed through the wall of your max. The previous reps just got you there. The real growth happens with what you do after you’re at the wall.

Go above and beyond when you hit the wall.

Another way to multiply your results is pushing past what other people expect of you—doing more than “enough.”

Favorite parts from the compound effect book:

“Your biggest challenge isn’t that you’ve intentionally been making bad choices. Heck, that would be easy to fix. Your biggest challenge is that you’ve been sleepwalking through your choices.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge.”

“We can all make powerful choices. We can all take back control by not blaming chance, fate, or anyone else for our outcomes. It’s within our ability to cause everything to change. Rather than letting past hurtful experiences sap our energy and sabotage our success, we can use them to fuel positive, constructive change.”

“The dream in your heart may be bigger than the environment in which you find yourself. Sometimes you have to get out of that environment to see that dream fulfilled. It’s like planting an oak sapling in a pot. Once it becomes rootbound, its growth is limited. It needs a great space to become a mighty oak. So do you.”

“Since your outcomes are all a result of your moment-to-moment choices, you have incredible power to change your life by changing those choices. Step by step, day by day, your choices will shape your actions until they become habits, where practice makes them permanent.”

“No matter what has happened to you, take complete responsibility for it—good or bad, victory or defeat. Own it. My mentor Jim Rohn said, “The day you graduate from childhood to adulthood is the day you take full responsibility for your life.”

“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.”

“When you define your goals, you give your brain something new to look for and focus on. It’s as if you’re giving your mind a new set of eyes from which to see all the people, circumstances, conversations, resources, ideas, and creativity surrounding you.”

“You get in life what you create. Expectation drives the creative process. What do you expect? You expect whatever it is you’re thinking about. Your thought process, the conversation in your head, is at the base of the results you create in life.”

“When you’ve prepared, practiced, studied, and consistently put in the required effort, sooner or later you’ll be presented with your own moment of truth. At that moment, you will define who you are and who you are becoming. It is in those moments where growth and improvement live–when we either step forward or shrink back when we climb to the top of the podium and seize the medal or we continue to applaud sullenly from the crowd for others’ victories.”

“Earning success is hard. The process is laborious, tedious, and sometimes even boring. Becoming wealthy, influential, and world-class in your field is slow and arduous.”

“In all areas of your life, look for the multiplier opportunities where you can go a little further, push yourself a little harder, last a little longer, prepare a little better, and deliver a little bit more. Where can you do better and more than expected? When can you do the totally unexpected? Find as many opportunities for ‘WOW,’ and the level and speed of your accomplishments will astonish you… and everyone else around you.”

“I have a serious challenge for you if you’re up for it. Want real feedback? Find people who care enough about you to be brutally honest with you. Ask them these questions: “How do I show up to you? What do you think my strengths are? In what areas do you think I can improve? Where do you think I sabotage myself? What’s one thing I can stop doing that would benefit me the most? What’s the one thing I should start doing?”

“Everything in your life exists because you first made a choice about something. Choices are at 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.”

“You reap what you sow; you can’t get out of life what you’re not willing to put into it. If you want more love, give more love. If you want greater success, help others achieve more. And when you study and master the science of achievement, you will find the success you desire.”

“When you’re creating an environment to support your goals, remember that you get in life what you tolerate.”

“You have to be willing to give 100 percent with zero expectation of receiving anything in return,” he said. “Only when you’re willing to take 100 percent responsibility for making the relationship work will it work. Otherwise, a relationship left to chance will always be vulnerable to disaster.”

“Everyone is affected by three kinds of influences: input (what you feed your mind), associations (the people with whom you spend time), and environment (your surroundings).”

“The magic comes from becoming the person you need to be in order to attract the people or results you wish to meet or achieve.”

“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.”

“Your brain is not designed to make you happy. Your brain has only one agenda in mind: survival.”

“If you want to have more, you have to become more. Success is not something you pursue” What you pursue will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become.”

“The Compound Effect—the positive results you want to experience in your life—will be the result of smart choices (and actions) repeated consistently over time. You win when you take the right steps day in and day out. But you set yourself up for failure by doing too much too soon.”

Thank you for your time.

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