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.
In a nutshell, the main idea of the book can be summaries as:
Only about 20% of the things we need to do are important but could be the most difficult, focus all our energy and mind into these and ignore the rest. The rest is about tips of how we can tackle these 20% task effectively. Practical guide.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Won't tell you anything you don't already know, but I listen to it when I feel a lack of general motivation in life. Brian Tracy seems to really believe in what he is talking about, and I know through personal experience that what he's talking about is true.
The long and the short of it...Eat that Frog! Do that worst/toughest/most unpleasant tasks first and get them out of the way.