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  • Eat That Frog!

  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great content. Horribly read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-18

Good reminders here, but nothing new

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

There were several good tips here, and for someone unfamiliar with basic time management, this book might be eye-opening. However I felt it was mostly – though not entirely – a repackaging of old ideas. The first 30 minutes is probably the most valuable. There is also a lot of focus on “unimportant tasks” such as conversations with coworkers. I work in a team-based environment, and some of those incidental conversations with coworkers in the hallways are essential to building rapport, rather than a waste of time as the author implies. The author also counsels people never to tell anyone if they are feeling down or to talk about their problems. While this is wise counsel in many circumstances, especially in the workplace, in there are many life situations where bottling up your feelings can be extremely detrimental. Rather than making you a more optimistic person it can make you a more bitter and dysfunctional one. So I would take this advice with a grain of salt. Also a comment about the narration: the author’s cadence is really annoying. I was surprised to hear him say that he was the author of 80 books – I have not heard of him before, and I would not choose to listen to his narration of his other books.

  • Designing Your Life

  • How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
  • By: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
  • Narrated by: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

In this book Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create lives that are both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of whom or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By dogwood lady on 12-03-16

I Want Everyone I Know to Read this Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-17

If you could sum up Designing Your Life in three words, what would they be?

Innovative, inspiring ideation

What about Bill Burnett and Dave Evans ’s performance did you like?

Loved them -- their quirks and personalities are part and parcel of the book and their performance gives you a sense of what their class at Stanford would be like. I felt like I had found two personal mentors.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Time for a reframe.

Any additional comments?

Best book I've ever read on life, career and happiness.

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