While interning at Huddle, I became part of a book club that our CEO, Joey Thacker, formed with some employees and interns. We read The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and I can honestly say this book changed my perspective on five key areas of my life.
1. The Ripple Effect
Before I dive into my other key takeaways, it’s important to understand that one small change can have a significant impact that in turn causes an unexpected and unintended ripple effect. Your choices truly become behaviors and those behaviors turn into habits.
Like anything in life, the more you practice something, the better you become. If you practice positivity you will most likely have positive results. The positive results you want to experience in your life will be the result of repetitive smart choices. If you continue to make smart choices over time, you will be a better version of yourself.
The Compound Effect boils down to one simple formula:
Small, smart choices + consistency + time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE
2. Your Choices Matter
Hardy mentions that it’s easy to say that we own 100% of our actions and choices, but it’s another thing to truly be accountable and responsible for those choices. An area I know I’ve struggled in this summer, especially being away from my family, is tracking my spending. Each month I dread getting my credit card statement – so much so that my jaw drops every time I receive it.
Over the course of the past month, I have tracked every purchase I made in a small notebook. Very quickly that notebook became my enemy, because each time I was at Starbucks or Target, I would pull my notebook out in the check-out line. But unlike my past budget decisions, I have held myself accountable this time. And you know what, it’s worked! I’ve saved $35 this month just by dragging my notebook around with me.
I encourage you to make the choice to be accountable and responsible for each decision in your life.
3. What’s your Mojo?
What motivates you and keeps you from giving up? People are motivated either by something they want or something they don’t want. Hardy emphasizes that it’s important to identify what your mojo is so that you can figure out where you lie on this scale.
Thinking about my journey to Huddle as an Inside Sales Intern, I’ve realized that I am usually motivated by something I want. Choosing to leave my family in Tampa and move to Atlanta for the summer was a big decision. In all honesty, it was a little difficult at times. However, I did this knowing I wanted to make the best out of every moment during my time at Huddle to boost my career opportunities after graduation.
4. Momentum is Key
One of the most powerful and enigmatic forces of success is momentum. Unfortunately this means that negative habits can build up steam and send you into a tailspin of “unlucky” circumstances and consequences. However, when you gain momentum in positive ways and figure out a routine that works for you, you will steadily get closer to achieving your goals. Just make sure to keep the momentum going in a positive direction.
5. Just Keep Swimming
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
Wishing away your life will get you nowhere; acting upon your wishes can lead you to the place you hope to be. Giving a little more time, energy, or thought to your efforts won’t just improve your results; it will multiply them. When I feel like I’ve maxed out all my energy and effort in everything, I try to push myself a tiny bit more to become the person I know I want to be.
The Compound Effect can help you break through to new and greater levels of success.
So remember – everything you do creates a ripple effect so every choice matters. Find your internal motivation and don’t stop pushing yourself to grow and become the person you know you can be. Your future self will thank you for taking the time to make repetitive, smart choices every day to get you where you want to be.