In his trademark high-energy style, acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective personal time management: decision, discipline, and determination. He reminds us: "The purpose of time-management skills, of eating that frog, and getting more done in less time, is to enable you to spend more 'face time' with the people you care about, doing the things that give you the greatest amount of joy in life."
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"Besides displaying [Tracy's] inimitable tone and impeccable pacing, the audio is another showcase for his palpable optimism about individual possibilities. The sound of Tracy's voice doesn't just bring his ideas - it makes you want to put them into action." (AudioFile)
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
"Useful and well organised"
The book gives some actual good advices on productivity. Nothing revolutionary or particularly new, but the 21 methods are well explained and organised. You can pick the ones that suits your work best and check if they actually help your productivity.
"One of those..."
... Books where if you take notes it's impossible as every single word is essential. Multiple rereads required for full absorpsion. Best of all, it gets you straight to action.
"Some good advice - Bad delivery"
I think it would have been beneficial at points to have been able to flick through the book and make notes and pick out the best bits. The book doesn't really "follow on" and would be easy to dive in and out of selecting the useful parts for you
Brian Tracy has great ideas but he does tend to repeat a lot of his ideas in new ways in each of his offerings.
On one hand they do say repetition is the mother of skill but apart from a few useful time management techniques and concepts (which could have been easily thrown into another of his books in a chapter or two) there was a lot of repetition in this book both from one chapter to another and from other Brian Tracy books.
I have to say I found his performance to be lacking in charisma and passion. It all sounded very quiet, dry and monotonous. I found him very difficult to listen to, though I do remember other recordings of him being better.
It's definitely dated and sounds like the audio was recorded directly from and old tape. It has put me off trying his other stuff. But I have listened to a good handful of his books already.
Nothing stands out. Though the tips on outsourcing and tools for prioritising were useful and I have put them to use.
Some good information, just presented badly. I've given this book a 3 because the information is useful and I have used some of the ideas, I just wish he'd stripped it down to essentials and got someone else to read it!
"Love it! Amazing advice for everyone! Buy it now!!"
I love ❤️Brian Tracy ! This book 📚 is awesome and I would recommend it to everyone! 😍
"Just love this little book."
I'm a huge Brian Tracy fan and have many of his titles. I listen to this one regularly in the car on the way to work, and it always gives me a boost and helps me get more organised. Worth every penny. I've had it for quite some time and recommend it to everybody.
Really useful book to get one's actions in gear. Short, easy to digest but really hard hitting.
"Clear concise actions to make you more productive"
Definitely - I have recommended the physical book to friends so I am biased and would recommend the audiobook as well.
Brian Tracy recommends very clear cut actions that you can pretty much do immediately after reading the book which will make you more productive. A lot of it will seem like common sense to people who have had a certain level of success in work or education - but all the best advice in life is grounded in common sense principles. The core message is clear - eat the biggest ugliest frogs first (i.e. do the most important task you have to do first) and you will be productive and move towards your life.
The book goes into detail about how you can figure out what are the most important tasks and then how you can organise yourself so that these tasks get done and are not at the mercy of other unimportant tasks. There are also key messages, which I thought were brilliant, about not trying to be perfect and just getting things done the best you can in the time you have and ensuring that you take the next action and move the process along and have faith that the path to success will be clear instead of worrying about what the distant outcome will be even before you've taken a single bit of action.
It's worth noting that, whilst the advice focuses on the context of a job, it can most definitely be applied to your personal life. The principles of getting things done are the same no matter what. If you want to eat healthier, go to the gym, make friends, find a girlfriend/boyfriend - it will all involve taking action in the direction of your goals and organising yourself as much as possible and then having faith that you will learn from the results of your actions - all things which will help all aspects of your life! By the way, once you absorb the habits they will positively impact all areas of your life. When you have momentum and you're continuously getting things done - you will be able to achieve a lot more at work meaning you get so good you will be able to do your job faster and have more time for your personal life - and through getting better and living the momentum the pride of your achievements will make you a happier person which means you will be a more positive person to be around which will impact your social life.
I can definitely say - when I follow the principles of the book everything in my life goes well and when I don't I end up wasting valuable time which I will not get back. There's a reason I have downloaded the audiobook on here despite having a marked up/annotated physical book - it's ALWAYS good to refresh these common sense principles that make your life better.
If you're looking for an intellectual book about productivity this is not it. If you're looking for a guide that you can refer to again and again to make sure you are making the best use of your life - this is for you.
If you purchase the audiobook, I hope you internalise the messages and you take action on the instructions Brian Tracy gives, and you benefit from it as much as I did when I came across it a few years ago.
When I was suffering with perfectionism that was holding me back, hearing about doing something as well as you can within a reasonable amount of time before improving it and moving on, was a revelation. Something just clicked in my head, I stopped worrying about making things perfect, and got a lot done. Even if you're genuinely quite organised and make good use of your time, it never hurts to listen to the audiobook and remember a solution to a sticking point you have.
He's calm and clear in his style of communication.
Yep it's very easy to when you go for a long walk or you're doing chores/running errands. I usually listen to it during commutes on the train.
Thank you Brian Tracy!
good for general information and beginners. It was easy and simple to understand. good for ESL
"Learning to do what matters most."
Extremely helpful book. It was a great read for me at the start of my small business venture.
"Must read for everyone."
Tons of good advise, clear and powerful techniques but so powerful. Great book highly recommend
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