Elephants Don’t Bite. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy


“Have you ever been bitten by an elephant? How about a mosquito? It’s the little things in life that will bite you.” -Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

I love this quote.  Yep, It’s the little things that bite me.  The negative or lazy things.  But Darren Hardy points out that little, positive choices add up to a big difference over time.  It may take a while for the cumulative, compound, effect becomes evident, but it will happen.

I started reading this on the advice of Vemma President BK Boreyko. He recommends making the conscious choice to do something positive to maintain a healthy body and positive mind every day.

It fits in with the  Vemma philosophy of making a positive difference with people helping people.  If you make a positive difference every day, we can make the world a better place, starting from improving ourselves.  (People Helping People is also central to the Credit Union philosophy.)


I’m re-reading Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (GTD).  Actually, I’m listening to the CDs in my car.  I have a copy on my desk, but I’ve been too busy to pick it up.  I first went through GTD a few months ago.  After an initial burst of enthusiasm, I started slacking off after a month or so.  After missing a couple of important deadlines I realized that I needed a boost. (Or kick in the seat of the pants!)

So I went back to the El Segundo Public Library to pick up the audio again.  The ESPL is the only one out of the five libraries I use that has the audio version.  So if you want to check it out and listen in your car, stop by the next time you are near LAX.

Listening to GTD a second time has been really worth it. I’m just wrapping up the last disk now where David Allen gets into the deeper stuff about transforming companies with GTD.

Implementing GTD is just one of the many possible positive choices you could make to activate the  The Compound Effect.

What positive changes do you have in mind for the coming year?  What small, positive changes will make your resolutions stick this time?