I had originally planned to review one chapter at time, but the first review seemed more like a book report, so I have decided to just review the book as a whole. Since I have said a lot of what I wanted to say about this book in the first part, consider this an addendum and read the previous part of the review as well.
While I was reading The Compound Effect, I kept being reminded of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. This is not a bad thing. Think and Grow Rich is one of the most important personal development books ever written, but it is starting to show its age. The content is still relevant, but the language is becoming archaic.
The Compound Effect is a restatement of the principals in Think and Grow Rich in language that is easily understood by today’s reader. For example, Think and Grow Rich explains its principles with stories and examples. So does The Compound Effect. Early in Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill explains the importance of “Desire”. Early in his book, Darren Hardy asks the reader about their “Why”. Napoleon Hill talks about “Persistence” being needed for success. Darren Hardy calls is “Consistency”. Napoleon Hill talks about the “Mastermind”. Darren Hardy call them “Success Buddies”, and so on.
Even though the books deal with the same topics, The Compound Effect describes the principles in a different manner and reenforces their message. Mr. Hardy also writes in a style that is easy to understand and includes illustrations to aid the reader. People may be deceived by its simple language, however. Don’t be. This is a book dense with ideas. In addition, there are exercises throughout the book that allow the user to put the book’s principles into effect.
I highly recommend the reader try the exercises. The ones that were the most eye opening to me were the tracking exercises. As a direct result of this book, I now keep a notebook with me to write down anything important. That alone reminds me to perform important tasks in a timely manner. Also, the money tracking exercise is an eye opener to everyone, even people that believe themselves thrifty.
Even though I consider The Compound Effect a summary of Think and Grow Rich, it is, nonetheless, a very worthwhile read. The language is clear and concise. The book explains the principles in Think and Grow Rich in a different way. The exercises are a valuable addition. Anyone interested in personal grown and especially those that were turned off by the language of Think and Grow Rich will find this an excellent addition to their library and a book worth studying.