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Kiss That Frog!: 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609942809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609942809
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The moment Brian shared with me the message of his new book, I knew I had to have it, read it, and share it with my friends. I recommend you buy this book, read it, and use it—because a happier, more joyful life is just a few hours away.”
—David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and founder of FinishRich.com

“Don’t let the funny title fool you—Kiss That Frog! could change your life. Let Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein help you let go of negative thoughts that may be controlling your day-to-day attitude more than you realize. Read this book and step into a more positive future!”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead with LUV

“Brian promised that his book with the icky title would show me new ways of overcoming fears, to clear my mind of unwanted memories, and to move forward toward my dreams with forgiveness and positivity. So I kissed that frog. And it wasn’t all that bad. Actually, it was excellent. I recommend that you kiss that frog, too.”
—Robert G. Allen, author of the bestsellers Creating Wealth and Multiple Streams of Income and coauthor of The One Minute Millionaire

“A timely book that helps us focus on finding the good in another person or situation rather than finding faults or flaws. I especially liked the ‘Now Do This’ tips that help transform the book’s concepts into tangible behaviors. This book should be required reading for everyone!”
—Dr. Tony Alessandra, Hall of Fame motivational speaker, coauthor of The Platinum Rule, and author of Charisma

“Kiss That Frog shows you how to release your unlimited potential for successful living.”
—T. Harv Eker, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
 


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Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.

Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.

He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages.

He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.

He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

Prior to founding his company, Brian Tracy International, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer of a $265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar plus corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.

He has traveled and worked in over 80 countries on six continents, and speaks four languages. Brian is happily married and has four children. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the President of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, California.

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Some of the advice is just plain bad.
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It is a must read for anyone interested in improving the quality of their life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Success on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Why I rated this book a five: First, as a practitioner I rate personal development/self-help books on one main criteria: How easy is the book to read and potentially use, i.e.: if the reader is ready, how easy is it to attempt to apply the advice. Second, before buying a book I judge if the author - or in this case - authors, have the knowledge and experience to be giving advice. Clearly, Brain Tracy has invested his life to disseminating good self-motivational and personal development advice. I feel the addition of Christina Stein sufficiently updates Brian's experience with current thinking and research from the therapeutic community. Third, and very important to me personally, the book layout satisfied my odd need to read the last pages of a book first! When I went to the back pages what did I find? A chapter entitled: Action Is Everything. In that chapter the reader has icons to actually guide all the action the book suggests. I took that chapter and began reading the book from the normal direction. I am a reader who likes things short, sweet and to the point. It resonated with me that each chapter offers a subsection entitled: Now Do This. Self-help is about being a self-starter. Now Do This could not be any clearer.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on March 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
On the jacket, you read that Brian Tracy is a best-selling author. That doesn't surprise me, as he's produced several books. I've listened to a couple of them in audiobook format, but I think this is the first print edition I've read. Perhaps my existing familiarity with his work is why I feel a bit underwhelmed by this book. I personally didn't find new wisdom in it, but then I've read hundreds of books in this genre (and have reviewed a fraction of those). And my age probably has something to do with it.

I think for the young person starting out or perhaps just hitting mid-career, this book can provide a framework for keeping one's eye on the proverbial North Star. That said, age doesn't always mean people grasp the lessons life has given them. So regardless of your age, if you're in some kind of negative funk you would probably benefit from reading this book if you take the time to reflect on what the authors are saying.

One downside of this book is it consists more of retreaded tales from the self-help literature than of original material. For someone with little exposure to the genre, this isn't a problem (thus my comment about the young person starting out). And I suppose that means the authors are using proven ideas rather than re-inventing the wheel. People will pay six figures for an Ivy League education (such that it is), and you can rest assured the syllabi, texts, and lectures are not completely rewritten each year.

What's original about this book is its theme. It centers on the story of the princess who kissed the frog. Said frog subsequently turned into a prince.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jakob Bruhl on May 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The title is intriguing and the intro caught my attention but disappointment quickly set in. I nearly just stopped and set the book aside but then there were some discussions in the text that seemed outlandish, just plain wrong, and extremely self-centered so I kept reading to see if I was being overly critical or missing their point. In the end, there are some good bits of advice but there are also some bad bits and some downright ugly bits, too.

THE GOOD:
* The authors describe common problems that people have that center around expectations. They contend that we often start by thinking about limitations and restrictions rather than what we'd really like the endstate to be and this severely reduces what is possible.
* Many of us spend too much time complaining which achieves nothing and improves nothing. There are much more effective ways to use our time and tackle problems.
* We can learn a lot from painful experiences. It is unfortunate when we fail to learn from them so we need to face those situations deliberately and see what lessons we can draw from them.
* Being envious of others causes problems for the envious person. However, admiring others is a positive action for both parties involved. It is useful to learn to shift envy to admiration.

THE BAD:
* If you lower your expectations, you'll find you'll be happier. This may be true, but it doesn't seem like good advice for successful living. Perhaps the authors were trying to find a new way to explain the value in being content but it comes across as useless, and risks being damaging, advice.
* Much of the advice is ridiculously oversimplified.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie B. Lull on August 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Kiss that Frog" by Brian Tracy and his daughter Christina Tracy Stein is a great little book that gives you 12 ways to turn negative things in your life and work into positives. It is based on the fairy tale about the princess who kissed the frog and it turned into a handsome prince. The concept is that negative "frogs" in your life can turn into positive things if you look at them right.

The book starts out with 7 truths about you. You are a good person, you're important, you have unlimited potential, you create your world, you are free to choose, you have a great destiny, and there are no limits. These are wonderful concepts, all you have to do is choose to believe them. The rest of the book discusses ways you can implicate these seven truths in your life. When a problem comes along, yes it is difficult, but how you react to it is key. You can reframe the way you think about the situation and see it in a different and positive light.

Another concept discussed in the book is letting go of hurts and things in the past that make you angry and depressed. It frees you to go on with your life and experience happiness. I also liked the discussion of the concept of forgiveness. It is a marvelous concept which I have experienced in my own life. For decades I had a great deal of anger toward my mother for things she had said and done to me. Finally, I realized she could not help it because of the way she had been raised. I forgave her and let it all go. I felt such a feeling of freedom and lightness about my being. I was free to go on and start a new life without all the old baggage.

I also liked the little sections at the end of the chapters called "Now Do This".
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