I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
As with many self-development books, the underlying ideas are not new. It is the style and language that makes all the difference, and in this book Mr. Peters has found an engaging style. It is positive and enthusiastic without being overly dramatic. Each of the 21 steps he presents are simple and small, and consequently easy to do.
As with all self-development books, the real challenge comes in breaking old, comfortable habits by doing new actions. With 'Eat That Frog', the new actions are easy to understand, simple enough to do immediately, and will make a difference.
I'm really amazed how author violates his own advice of following 80/20 Pareto principle: the whole essence of the book can be "zipped" from 21 wordy principles to (at max) 3. With the exception of using a bright metaphor of "eating the frog" (created by Mark Twain) this book doesn't contain any new ideas, something that one cannot find in works of Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, and David Allen.
Much of the same material that Tracy has written about before - Goal setting, specificity etc being the central theme. If you have not read any other Tracy before then I would recommend this book as it provides practical solutions to getting things done and dispensing with procrastination. But if you have seen his stuff before you may not discover anything particularly new here.
I found this book to totally awesome and inspiring.
It gives you the meat and potatoes on how to break that debilitating procrastination habit.
Now it's up to you to follow through and WIN!
Easy-to-follow instructions on organizing your life. I felt there were good real-life examples. We have started the day-to-day system and are working on life goals. My husband bought the paperback so we could look over it again.
Having always been a fan of Brian Tracy, I thought I had pretty much heard all he had to say. Listen to this book. And then listen to it again. Worth the price of admission
Some of the ideas I already do day to day, but Brian covers some great ideas and has a great outlook on how to accomplish more every day. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. In business or not, you will find you will have better tools to deal with the speed that life moves at these days.
Brian Tracy caught me from the start -- his examples hit the nail on the head as far as I was concerned. They were so much like the things I was experiencing as I listened to the book. His advice was very good, and he provided sound bites that I can use as daily affirmations (e.g., start where you stand). However, I felt he did not recognize the key role that technology plays in our lives today. For example, he talks about email as if it were an optional form of communication, rather than a primary mode as it is today. Basic information and advice was very good.
I'm sorry to say that lstening to this was a total waste of time for me . . . but it did painfully eat up a couple of hours that I might otherwise have put to attacking some useful items on my To-Do list, so my eternal procrastinator is grateful. . . . I have a hard time believing that any of these suggestions need to be written . . . and SOLD! . . . isn't this stuff (told in 97 slightly different ways) what all of us already know? I was hoping for a plan of real motivation and perspective that goes beyond the mere words in the title. Big Dissappointment.
This is a very practical book. The expression "eat that frog" sticks to your daily routine and you become more inclined to resit laziness and procrastination in a funny way. I have applied some of the techniques in the book in very little time, and the change is drastic. I am sure when I master all the advices, my sense of control and time management will certainly level up.
Most importantly, it walks you through your busy thoughts and gives you simple effective ways to discover what you really want and should do in life: How you can translate this to financial gain.
A remarkable book. Well written and the author does a great job narrating it.
If you have little time to spare, give your self as little as 15 minutes every day for this book and you will not regret it. Some of the techniques in the book will follow me for quite a long time if not permanently.