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Eat that Frog Paperback – 2012
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It's a quick read on fundamental principles of time-management. Clearly laid-out for quick reading and reference. As a professional guru on "productivity," I didn't learn anything new, but I enjoyed the stories, metaphors, and analogies used to make important points. I also believe in reviewing solid principles frequently.
I would recommend this book to young and seasoned professionals who are looking to make the best use of their time and energy.
“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
The whole idea is If we can eat the "task" or "goal" we have always wanted to achieve right in the morning, then the rest of the day will be smooth. Tracy helps you to discover what is really what you wanting to accomplish, how to get rid of hinderances, and to do the thing you have always wanted to do. The book is broken down into 21 chapters, that are extremely applicable and life changing if we really put them into practice. Reading the book on it's own won't change you. You have to take the initiative to eat your frog. The crazy thing is that this book is about procrastination, but has a lot of powerful truths that are about leadership. I think that's why I enjoyed this book so much. It didn't just target my love to achieve goals, but my heart to be a good leader who won't just sit around and do nothing.
This is really hard for me to do, but here are just 3 quotes that impacted me:
Chapter 2 - Consider the Consequences: "Successful people are those who are willing to delay gratification and make sacrifices in the short term so that they can enjoy far greater rewards in the long-term"
Chapter 9 - Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin: "The biggest enemies we have to overcome on the road to success are not a lack of ability and a lack of opportunity but fears of failure and rejection and the doubts that they trigger. The only way to overcome your fears is "to do the thing you fear," as Emerson wrote "and the death of fear is certain."
Chapter 16 - Motivate Yourself To Action: "Most of your emotions, positive or negative, are determined by how you talk to yourself on a minute-to-minute basis. It is not what happens to you but the way you interpret the things that are happening to you that determines how you feel. Your version of events largely determines whether these events motivate or de-motivate you, whether they were energized or de-energize you."
So, if you are looking for a book that will give you a good kick of motivation, with tons of practical tools. I highly recommend Eat That Frog!
I knew I needed to get my act together. I couldn't get started. I had the motivation but pooped out half way through every attempt. I procrastinated living for almost 3 years after an unexpected life event and I was sick of it. I wasn't a hoarder or a slob, I just let papers pile up, didn't file things or really finish any project I started. This simple easy book did the trick. Follow the rules and your whole life will begin to clear up. I was able to do more work in 24 hours than in almost 3 years. The concepts are easy, and most people know them, you just need to apply them in the right order, with the right mindset, and that's part of what the book teaches you. Take a chance, read the book!
Yes, I was aware of previous methods for gaining success, but as with all fast food burger joints, I hadn't found my hang out, until now! I liked the simplicity and ease of Brian's writing and approach. I ate this frog in little pieces, having downloaded it to my Kindle app, which I use on my phone. Whenever I found myself with 15-30 minutes of 'time'. I would pull it up and read. I even got some great ideas for other references. But, my favorite part: Eat That Frog isn't associated with a Shoe Maker! I don't have to 'just do it' anymore! So boring and lifeless. I can be much more active and removed from the marketing image!!
I now have frogs around the office to remind me of my goals. Some of them even have their own "name tags" (the goal).