Book #5 – The Compound Effect (Darren Hardy)

Is it true that, “birds of a feather flock together?”

Take a few minutes and reflect on who you’re spending your time with. Are they helping you progress forward or holding you back?

This #ibb12bookchallenge review is of The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

One of the topics that opened my eyes was when he spoke about the compounded influence the people we surround ourselves with have on us.

According to Hardy, it’s important to reflect and write down the 5 people you spend the most time with in your professional, personal, and community time.

Are they a positive influence on you? 

How many of you remember growing up and simply doing whatever it was that your friends were doing? We all have those moments when we ask ourselves, “What was I thinking?!”

It is easy to look back on our younger days and see what went wrong and that most of our poor choices came from the immaturity of not only ourselves, but also our friends.

The book talks about choosing who you associate with carefully. Ultimately, it is one of the largest influences on how we see the world and also develop expectations of ourselves.

One idea that I have implemented from the book is to develop a “Personal Board of Directors.” I am a huge advicote of treating your life like a business. You have to be the CEO of your own day to day operations. The personal board of directors should be a group of people that you trust and more importantly will give you critical feedback on what you can do to improve your strengths and ideas to eliminate weaknesses.

We all have weaknesses. Take some time to appoint your own “POD” and let them know they are on it. Something as simple as having them over for dinner to mastermind opportunities for your life and career as well as help them with their opportunities and struggles. You always have to give to truly receive.

The fact that we are older doesn’t always mean we are wiser. However, surrounding ourselves with people who have made mistakes and achieved success in the areas of life and career we strive to excel in is the only way we can shortcut the process.

I look forward to seeing you raise your own expectations due to positive people surrounding you.

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-ibbjames