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The Compound Effect


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The Compound Effect

by Darren Hardy

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Pay attention to what you Choose.

• We always have a choice and these choices start a behavior that over time becomes a habit.

• Your biggest challenge isn’t that you’ve intentionally been making bad choices but it is that you are not aware of them.


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2 steps to become aware of your choices.

Step 1 - Take responsibility for your choices. If you don't then others will choose for you.

Step 2 - Maintain a small diary to track your behavior in areas where you want to be successful.


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Repeated choices will turn into habits.

• If you make same choice every day then it will turn into habit.

• Habits allow us to use minimal conscious energy for everyday tasks.

• Use habits to automate your everyday tasks and focus remaining conscious energy on your goals.


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Influences affect our choices and habits.

• There are 3 type of influences,

1. Input - What you feed your mind.

2. Associations - The people with whom you spend your time.

3. Environment - Your surrounding.


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Input - What you feed your mind.

• The default mode for your brain is survival. Media knows this very well and hence there is always a "Breaking News".

• Controlling the input has a direct and measurable impact on your productivity and outcomes.


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Associations - The people with whom you spend your time.

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

• You can categorize your associations with people.


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Evaluate and shift your associations with people into 3 types.

1. Dissociations - Avoid them at all costs

2. Limited associations - Decide how much you can “afford” to be influenced, from them.

3. Expanded associations - Spend more time with people whose qualities you like.


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Clear out all the clutters in your life.

• Physical clutter that makes it hard for you to work efficiently.

• Psychic clutter of whatever around you isn’t working or whatever that's broken,

but remember one thing while doing th is.


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You get in life what you tolerate.

• If you tolerate disrespect, you will be disrespected.

• Protect your emotional and physical space so you can live with peace, rather than in the chaos and stress the world will throw at you.


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