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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Easyread Large Edition) - Brian Tracy

Repetition much? EAT THAT FROG is a super-quick read, coming in at just over one-hundred pages, comprised of twenty-one chapters. It felt more like ten chapters of mostly the same thing.



Let me summarize the book for you: write your goals down and focus on the most important thing first. Add a few quotes to open each chapter, carry out the swallow the frog analogy ad nauseam, reword the chapters that mean the same thing, and you get the gist.



What really irked me about this book is the lack of attribution. Not even the main frog eating concept was directly quoted. For those curious, Mark Twain said, “If you know you have to swallow a frog, swallow it first thing in the morning. If there are two frogs, swallow the big one first.” Author Brian Tracy casually mentions Twain, but doesn’t type it out. He continues to offer insight as his own, but repeatedly fails to make mention of his predecessors. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Stephen R. Covey should probably have words with Tracy for directly referencing their material without any sort of reference.



Don’t get me wrong, there are some great ideas here, but this is not Tracy’s best effort. Reading DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF FOR BUSINESS was more assuring and satisfying than this. Reading Covey’s SEVEN HABITS or Csikszentmihalyi’s FLOW is even better. For some even more in-depth reading, Princeton’s psychologist Daniel Khaneman’s THINKING, FAST AND SLOW is the anti-thesis to what EAT THAT FROG offers.



If you are looking for a quick self-help snack, then EAT THAT FROG may help. Otherwise, skip the frog and go for the steak of my other recommendations.