The Compound Effect of Your Actions

I was listening to an 2009 Success CD interview the other day between Darren Hardy of Success Magazine and someone else who I don’t recall their name (sorry I was driving and I did not have time to note the interviewed person’s name). Something the interviewee said took my attention. He said that “Success in any part of your life is not about doing four thousand things to reach your goal but about doing 6 to 12 things right four thousand times. This is the compounding effect of your actions.”

Why I remember the statement and not the person who said it is because this statement caught my attention since just a few days prior I heard the same Darren Hardy (the interviewer on the CD) in an publicity about his new book  The Compound Effect say ‘Success is not about doing 4,000 things but often just about doing just 6 correct actions four thousand times.

I believe, regardless of who had the original thought here I believe using the idea of compounding actions as a pathway to success rather than trying again and again new actions is a very effective way to explain why some people achieve their goals and others fail again and again.

If you want to lose weight you have to stick to a good plan and continue the same actions steps. If you want to save money you have to stick to the savings plan over time so you can benefit from the compounding effect of interest. If you want to nourish friendships inside and outside of business you must invest your time in them over time. The compound effect works in all areas of our lives.

I recommend you look at what you are succeeding in your life and what you are not succeeding at and see if you have been using or avoiding the compounding effect of your actions.

If you like to read more about the Compound Effect I do suggest you check out Darren Hardy’s book which comes highly recommended and is called, of course, The Compound Effect.

Your friend on the journey,


P.S. Remember that the actions steps you are compounding must be the right actions steps in the first place. For more on this important factor you can read Practice Does Not Make Perfect.