Book Summary: Eat That Frog!
Author: Brian Tracy
About The Author: Brian is a Canadian-American motivational speaker and self-development author. He is the author of over 70 books. That has been translated into many different languages. He is the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International. Throughout his career, he has studied many successful and rich people. He is a phenomenal leader and speaker.
In his early life, he says
I started off in life with few advantages, aside from a curious mind. I did poorly in school and left without graduating. I worked at laboring jobs for several years. My future did not appear promising
Then I did something that changed my life. I began to ask successful people what they were doing that enabled them to be more productive and earn more money than me. And they told me.
This process of learning and applying what I had learned changed my life. I am still amazed at how simple and obvious it is. Just find out what other successful people do and do the same things until you get the same results. Learn from the experts.
About The Book: Throughout his career, he has discovered that the ability to concentrate on your most important task single-mindedly, to do it well and finish it completely is the key to great success, achievement, respect, status, and happiness in life.
He wrote the book Eat That Frog! for
- The people who struggle with procrastination.
- The people who want to become more productive and successful.
- The people become more efficient at their work.
1. The Truth about Frogs
The author says that if you have been given a task to eat a live frog every morning. It will make you think that this is probably the worst thing that can happen. What it will do is, It will tell your mind you have done the worst thing which can possibly happen today and that is “Eating a frog.”. Now your mind knows all the other things that will happen to you will be the best or good things that will happen.
So, What is the Frog? The frog is the most important task you have to do on a given day. The author says to do it the first thing in the morning. This will put you in a productive state of mind. You can complete any task with less time in the day.
The first rule of frog eating is : If you have to eat two frogs , eat the ugliest one first.
The author says that if you have to complete two important tasks before you. Complete the hardest, most time consuming, the most important task first. Select your task and get on with it.
The second rule of frog eating is If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn`t pay to sit and look at it for very long.
Pick your ugliest task and start doing it right away without thinking twice. Because if you spend any more time looking at the task your mind will come up with excuses. The worst enemy of the most productive man in the world is the excuses that he makes. Excuses are the worst enemy of progress. If you have to do something then do it. Because nothing will come in hand if just keep staring at it.
If you have to eat a frog, then eat it. There`s no sense in just seeing it or trying to kiss it. Take your knife and chop it down, then take its heart and put it in your mouth. If you wait any longer you know that you will begin to vomit on the spot.
So taking action is the second most important thing while eating a frog.
2. Set the Table
Wait, before you arrange your dining table take your fork and knife with a glass of wine. You need to know this first.
Before you are ready to begin eating the frog. you have to Decide which frog to eat. But the most important thing is that before you decide which frog to eat, you have to search for the frogs. Isn`t that right?
Before you begin to do something you have to know what you are doing because if you don`t know what you are doing you are not getting anything done. You want clarity in what you want. You have to know exactly what you want so you can do the exact necessary things to get what you want.
Your mind is constantly thinking about crap. Crap that is not necessary, Crap that is unproductive and unhealthy. You can`t trust your brain to give clarity to you. Your mind is confused with so much that you cannot imagine.
Most of the time you are procrastinating because of confusion, vagueness. You don`t have the motivation to do something because your mind is in confusion. To avoid confusion and not get into procrastination author says to write your goals down.
Only 3% entire group of people who want to get something done have written goals. These people who write exactly what they want will achieve five to ten times more than the entire 97% of the people.
Lack of knowing what you want will lead you to what you don`t want.
3. The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the Pareto Principle after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the vital few, the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the trivial many, the bottom 80 percent.
He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this principle as well. For example, this principle says that
- 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results,
- 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales,
- 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits,
- 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent of the value of what you do,
and so on. This means that if you have a list of ten items to do, two of those items will turn out to be worth much more than the other eight items put together.
This principle has been taught by many successful people around the world. Because they know that there are only 24 hours in a day. If you want to get better results than before. You have to focus on the most important things.
If you want to get most out of your efforts complete the 20% tasks first. The tasks that will give you 80% of your result. So even if you are not able to complete the small things you will get more results.
But most of the people will procrastinate on this 20 % of the tasks. They do not finish the few most important tasks.
Why? Because it is hard. This 20 % of the tasks will be the hardest of the tasks that you will have to finish. they will be most complex, trying tasks.
But hey, remember the Rule Eat That Frog!
4. Know the Danger
The mark of the superior thinker is his or her ability to accurately predict the consequences of doing or not doing something. The potential consequences of any task or activity are the key determinants of how important a task really is to you and to your company. This way of evaluating the significance of a task is how you determine what your next frog really is.
The author says that when you are able to understand the consequences of not doing the task or completing it. You will do everything it takes to complete it because nobody wants bad things happening to them.
If you know that completing one task which is more important than others and will have more bad consequences if left incompleted. You will leave everything and finish it first. It will give you a different set of tools to work with. The consequences will be good or bad it’s on you to decide.
What would have happened if:
You are left in a desert hungry and thirsty. And asked to choose between two things. Food and 1 million $.
What would you choose?
I would, of course, take food because I don`t want to die even if he gave me 1 million$.
Anybody would know what to do in this situation. Right?
But what about day-to-day things like not completing your project on time instead of going out with your friends for partying. When you knew that you have to submit your project day after tomorrow. But you said to yourself “I`ll do it tomorrow”. But guess what happened tomorrow, you woke up late in the afternoon because you came late at night and slept for 10 hours. Now you must work whole night because the project takes a lot of time to complete.
Now, if you were a smart person. You would know the consequence of not completing the tasks on time.
5. Motivate Yourself
Just thinking about starting and finishing an important task motivates you and helps you overcome procrastination. The fact is, the time required to complete an important job is often the same as the time required to do an unimportant job. The difference is that you get a tremendous feeling of pride and satisfaction from completing something valuable and significant. However, whenyou complete a low-value task using the same amount of time and energy, you get little or no satisfaction.
Motivating yourself to do something will help you doing the task even if it is hard and you don`t enjoy doing it. You will get the drive for doing the task even if it is hard. Motivation serves as a great medicine for procrastination. If you have a lack of motivation to do something. You won`t do it.
The best way to motivate yourself is to find the trigger for motivation. It might vary from person to person. But everyone has a trigger to do something.
It can be something like”If I complete this task, I will be able to play the guitar which I really want to do or watch Netflix”. Then tell your self this
“If I complete this tasks as soon as possible I will be able to do what I want.” and write it down.
This method is really helpful if you have serious motivation issues.
Well, This is the end of the Eat That Frog! Book Summary.
But wait! you can`t leave this site before you answer me this,
What are things you procrastinate on and what methods you have tried to deal with them?
Write them down in the comments below to share your experiences with other fellow procrastinators or other future procrastinators. That will or are currently reading this article.
Well, If you are a procrastinator and reading this article. I want you to comment, share this article with your other fellow procrastinator friends and subscribe to the newsletter. (Don`t procrastinate on this one.)
After you have finished doing the above things.
Better Get To Work.