This was one of the shortest books I've downloaded in a long time and yet I couldn't complete the book. The premise of the book was too simple. Essentially, it's to identify what you look forward to least and yet is most important and get it done first thing in the morning. To me that's an article in "Inc." or "Fast Company" magazines, not a book.
This audio books has me torn between 5 star and 4 stars. This is the first time I have heard anything from Brian Tracy and it won't be the last- Very simple in nature and it combines a large number of helpful topic in an easy to remember format. I have listen to it have a dozen times and it still hasn't gotten old.
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.
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.
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 thought the author made valid points and he offered exercises the individual can do to reinforce what he was teaching. Sadly, as the author says, instead of allowing technology to help us, it can easily enslave us. I think this is an excellent self-help book...the things he talks about can easily be applied to both your personal life and your business life. It's a great read for those who procrastinate and those who just want to refine their organizational skills.
I like the way that Brian Tracy put the information together into clear, action steps. If you have read books about goal setting, then you will not find a great deal of new information in this book. A couple of great tips hit home with me. One is to create zones of silence where there are no distractions or interruptions. Another was that if you spend 10% of your time planning, you will save 90% of your time on the project. A little preparation goes a long way. If you need a refresher course on goal setting, balance and priorities, then I highly recommend this book.
I think you are much better off reading the book than listening to it. The narration is very dull. The tone very distracting with pauses in many wrong places. A very difficult book to listen to!
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 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.