“The Compound Effect” Key Reflections: Part 2

Key Quotes from The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Chapter 4: Momentum

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. p. 94

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. p. 95

A daily routine built on good habits and disciplines separates the most successful among us from everyone else. p. 101

The time and energy it takes to for you to repeatedly stop and start and get back to momentum make your trip at least ten times as long. p. 113

  • I’m having a hard time developing a routine that I can commit to that carries enough significant to help me develop some momentum. I’m considering the following:
    • Morning: Wake Up, prayer for guidance, organize living space, 50 push-ups, 20 minutes in my Bible, 20 minutes in personal development, morning exercise (bike to park and jog 1 mile) 10 minutes of meditation, write down MVP (most valuable priorities), prepare for day, check calendar and emails (10 minutes). Leave house by 8 am.
    • Evening: Brush teeth & shower, organize living space, recap accomplishments for the day, write down goals and tasks for next day, 20 minutes in my Bible, 20 minutes of personal development, 50 push ups, prayer of gratitude.
  • I can definitely commit to this, but the most important thing I have to do is fight distractions, like social media, personal calls and text messages, etc. The only thing I’m okay with interrupting the routine are family and business ideas.

Chapter 5:  Influences

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). p. 119

Take a look at your relationships and make sure you’re not spending three hours with a three-minute person. p. 131

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? p. 134

I have always found it interesting that the most successful people, the truly top performers, are the ones willing to hire and pay for the best coaches and trainers there are. It pays to invest in your improved performance. p. 135

The first thing you want to remember with a mentor is that it doesn’t need to take a lot of their time. The best advice I’ve ever gotten is in short clips, having lunch or breakfast with somebody, just telling them what I’m working on and asking their advice and all. You will be amazed how successful business-people are willing to be mentors to people when it’s not taking a lot of their time. p. 135

Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places. p. 136

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. p. 138

Every incomplete promise, commitment, and agreement saps your strength because it blocks your momentum and inhibits your ability to move forward. Incomplete tasks keep calling you back to the past to take care of them. So think about what you can complete today. p. 138

Additionally, when you’re creating an environment to support your goals, remember that you get in life what you tolerate. This is true in every area of your life- particularly within your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. What you have decided to tolerate is also reflected in the situations and circumstances of your life right now. Put another way, you will get in life what you accept or expect you are worth of. If you tolerate disrespect, you will be disrespected. If you tolerate people being late and making you wait, people will show up late for you. If you tolerate being underpaid and overworked, that will continue for you. If you tolerate your body being overweight, tired, and perpetually sick, it will be. It’s amazing how life will organize around the standards you set for yourself. Some people think they’re the victims of other people’s behavior, but in actuality, we have control over how people treat us. Protect your emotional, mental, and physical space so you can live with peace, rather than in the chaos and stress the world will hurl upon you. p. 139

Chapter 6: Acceleration

“There is a point in every race when a rider encounters his real opponent and understands that it’s himself,” writes Lance in his autobiography. “In my most painful moments on the bike, I am at my most curious, and I wonder each and every time how I will respond. Will I discover my innermost weakness, or will I seek out my innermost strength?” p. 143

When conditions are great, things are easy, there aren’t any distractions, no one is else is interrupting, temptations aren’t luring, and nothing is disturbing your stride; that too is when most everyone else does great. It’s not until situations are difficult, when problems come up and temptation is great, that you get to prove your worthiness for progress. As Jim Rohn would say, “Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” p. 145

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.  p. 146

Your reputation for excellence multiples your results in the marketplace many times over. p. 155

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.  p. 157


About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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