My Review on the Book – Eat that frog!
My most recent read is Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy (is a Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author. He is the author of over seventy books that have been translated into dozens of languages. His popular books are Earn What You’re Really Worth, Eat That Frog!, and The Psychology of Achievement.)
What did I really like about the book?
1. Pen down Everything! Quite high impact throughout the book on writing down the goals, plans and execution. Break them from yearly to quarterly, monthly and weekly. Prioritize them using the ABCDE method. We can add multiple As like A1, A2, A3 and so on. Start immediately even if it’s a baby step to implementation. Key to success is action.
2. Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day! Plan the tasks one day in advance. Leaders also plan the week in advance. Things which do not get completed on that day must be added to the to-do for the following day. Also the most important thing being eat the biggest and the ugliest frog first and then hunt the tadpoles (Sounds gross 😉 but I liked the concept). The real purpose of the day or life is to have a balanced sum game everyday. Lot of tips and techniques in the book will help you achieve this, but never lose sight that the real purpose behind it all is to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Some of my favourite quotes from the book :
“ Your success in life is the sum of your habits.”
“One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.”
“The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.”
“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. NAPOLEON HILL”
“Rule: Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.”
“Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement. The bigger your goals and the clearer they are, the more excited you become about achieving them. The more you think about your goals, the greater becomes your inner drive and desire to accomplish them.”
“Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on.”
“As Pat Riley, the basketball coach, said, “Anytime you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.”
“This is a wonderful time to be alive. There have never been more possibilities and opportunities for you to achieve more of your goals than exist today.”
“The law of Forced Efficiency says that “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.”
“Rule: It is the quality of time at work that counts and the quantity of time at home that matters.”
Quick Exercise, Answer them in 30 seconds: “What are your three most important business or career goals right now? What are your three most important family or relationship goals right now? What are your three most important financial goals right now? What are your three most important health goals right now? What are your three most important personal and professional development goals right now? What are your three most important social and community goals right now? What are your three biggest problems or concerns in life right now?” You now know what is your frog 🙂
“Refuse to complain about your problems. Keep them to yourself. As speaker-humorist Ed Foreman says, “You should never share your problems with others because 80 percent of people don’t care about them anyway, and the other 20 percent are kind of glad that you’ve got them in the first place.”
“Say no to anything that is not a high-value use of your time and your life.” Learn to say NO politely!
“When everything is laid out neatly and in sequence, you will feel much more like getting on with the job.” – Such a big Fact and I feel one big reason to procrastinate things.
“What one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my career?”
“Refuse to allow a weakness or a lack of ability in any area to hold you back. Everything is learnable. And what others have learned, you can learn as well.”