How to interpret The Gap and the Gain.

I’ve been exploring AI tools lately, leveraging them to summarize books I’ve read. Using Notion AI, I created a concise summary for “The Gap and the Gain” and requested five action items for each section. While I did refine the grammar for clarity, the AI’s output was impressively accurate.

Sharing this with you all, hoping you find it insightful and beneficial.


Introduction to The Gap and The Gain

The authors, Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy, present the book’s central idea – the concepts of “The Gap” and “The Gain.”

Simply put… The Gap is the distance between where we currently are and where we aspire to be. Conversely, The Gain represents our progress from where we started. The authors argue that focusing on The Gap can often lead to feelings of dissatisfaction and stress. On the other hand, acknowledging The Gain can instill a sense of gratitude and happiness.

Action Items:

  1. Take a quiet moment to reflect on where you presently stand and where you envision yourself to be.
  2. Acknowledge the progress you’ve made so far, no matter how small.
  3. Identify areas where you’re still striving for improvement.
  4. Consciously attempt to shift your attention from The Gap to The Gain.
  5. Note any changes in your thought process or emotions you experience during this shift.


The authors delve deeper into the impacts of focusing on The Gap or The Gain. They explain how a Gap-focused mindset can often lead to feelings of inadequacy and constant stress. On the other hand, a Gain-focused mindset can foster a sense of accomplishment and positivity, enhancing our overall wellbeing.

Action Items:

  1. Reflect on how focusing on The Gap has affected your mindset and overall well-being.
  2. Recall moments when you felt a sense of accomplishment and positivity. Try to remember if you were focusing on The Gain during those times.
  3. The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, consciously attempt to shift your focus to The Gain.
  4. Observe how this shift in focus influences your mood and stress levels.
  5. Share this concept with a friend or colleague and engage in a discussion about its potential impacts.


The chapter offers practical strategies and actionable steps for applying the concepts of The Gap and The Gain in everyday life. The authors provide real-life examples and guide the readers on how to shift their focus from The Gap to The Gain. Making this shift can lead to more positive and satisfying experiences in both personal and professional life.

Action Items:

  1. Choose one area of your life where you often focus on The Gap.
  2. Regardless of how small it may seem, identify your progress in this area.
  3. List this progress and revisit it whenever you focus on The Gap.
  4. Try to incorporate this practice into your daily routine for a consistent shift in focus.
  5. Reflect on the changes in your mindset and feelings as you apply The Gap and The Gain concept.


Dan and Benjamin discuss overcoming obstacles and setbacks by focusing on The Gain. They emphasize that challenges are a natural part of growth and that recognizing the progress made despite these obstacles can build resilience and motivation.

Action Items:

  1. Identify a recent obstacle or setback you have faced.
  2. Reflect on the progress you made even in the face of this challenge.
  3. Write down three positive outcomes or lessons learned from this experience.
  4. Practice viewing future obstacles as opportunities for growth rather than setbacks.
  5. Share your experience and insights with someone who might benefit from this perspective.