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Kiss That Frog!: 21 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Brian Tracy , Christina Tracy Stein
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April 17 2012
The legendary Eat That Frog! (more than 450,000 copies sold and translated into 23 languages) provides the 21 most effective methods for conquering procrastination and accomplishing more.

Now Brian Tracy is coming out with another blockbuster. The master of No Excuses is turning his attention to positive thinking, and in the tradition ofEat That Frog! he offers the listener 21 ways to turn negatives into positives.

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"The moment Brian shared with me the message of his new book, I knew I had to have it, read it, and share it with my friends. I recommend you buy this book, read it, and use it--because a happier, more joyful life is just a few hours away."
--David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and founder of FinishRich.com

"Don't let the funny title fool you--Kiss That Frog! could change your life. Let Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein help you let go of negative thoughts that may be controlling your day-to-day attitude more than you realize. Read this book and step into a more positive future!"
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and Lead with LUV

"Brian promised that his book with the icky title would show me new ways of overcoming fears, to clear my mind of unwanted memories, and to move forward toward my dreams with forgiveness and positivity. So I kissed that frog. And it wasn't all that bad. Actually, it was excellent. I recommend that you kiss that frog, too."
--Robert G. Allen, author of the bestsellers Creating Wealth and Multiple Streams of Income and coauthor of The One Minute Millionaire

"A timely book that helps us focus on finding the good in another person or situation rather than finding faults or flaws. I especially liked the 'Now Do This' tips that help transform the book's concepts into tangible behaviors. This book should be required reading for everyone!"
--Dr. Tony Alessandra, Hall of Fame motivational speaker, coauthor of The Platinum Rule, and author of Charisma

"Kiss That Frog shows you how to release your unlimited potential for successful living."
--T. Harv Eker, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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One of the world's most widely known business speakers and a leading authority on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness, Brian Tracy addresses more than 250,000 people each year in corporations large and small, all over the world, on the subjects of strategy, management, personnel selection, hiring, firing, and motivating people. He has worked in 22 different businesses, often starting at the bottom and moving up to the executive suite. He is the founder of Brian Tracy International and is the author of numerous bestselling books and has produced more than 300 audio and video programs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brian Tracy June 8 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great straight to the point ideas and thoughts on how to get your act in gear. Another great work by Brian Tracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kissing Frogs is a Lifetime Activity Aug. 10 2012
By Dr. Success - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Why I rated this book a five: First, as a practitioner I rate personal development/self-help books on one main criteria: How easy is the book to read and potentially use, i.e.: if the reader is ready, how easy is it to attempt to apply the advice. Second, before buying a book I judge if the author - or in this case - authors, have the knowledge and experience to be giving advice. Clearly, Brain Tracy has invested his life to disseminating good self-motivational and personal development advice. I feel the addition of Christina Stein sufficiently updates Brian's experience with current thinking and research from the therapeutic community. Third, and very important to me personally, the book layout satisfied my odd need to read the last pages of a book first! When I went to the back pages what did I find? A chapter entitled: Action Is Everything. In that chapter the reader has icons to actually guide all the action the book suggests. I took that chapter and began reading the book from the normal direction. I am a reader who likes things short, sweet and to the point. It resonated with me that each chapter offers a subsection entitled: Now Do This. Self-help is about being a self-starter. Now Do This could not be any clearer.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different take on classic material March 31 2012
By M. L Lamendola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
On the jacket, you read that Brian Tracy is a best-selling author. That doesn't surprise me, as he's produced several books. I've listened to a couple of them in audiobook format, but I think this is the first print edition I've read. Perhaps my existing familiarity with his work is why I feel a bit underwhelmed by this book. I personally didn't find new wisdom in it, but then I've read hundreds of books in this genre (and have reviewed a fraction of those). And my age probably has something to do with it.

I think for the young person starting out or perhaps just hitting mid-career, this book can provide a framework for keeping one's eye on the proverbial North Star. That said, age doesn't always mean people grasp the lessons life has given them. So regardless of your age, if you're in some kind of negative funk you would probably benefit from reading this book if you take the time to reflect on what the authors are saying.

One downside of this book is it consists more of retreaded tales from the self-help literature than of original material. For someone with little exposure to the genre, this isn't a problem (thus my comment about the young person starting out). And I suppose that means the authors are using proven ideas rather than re-inventing the wheel. People will pay six figures for an Ivy League education (such that it is), and you can rest assured the syllabi, texts, and lectures are not completely rewritten each year.

What's original about this book is its theme. It centers on the story of the princess who kissed the frog. Said frog subsequently turned into a prince.

Let's ignore the patrician overtones of that tale, and its underlying assumption that women's lives are meaningless without a man but if she finds a prince she will live happily ever after even though princes throughout history have been notoriously vain, self-centered, narcissistic, and out of touch with reality. The point of the story, as used by the authors, is you need to face what's bothering you even if doing so makes you uncomfortable to the point of revulsion. For many people, facing a particular cause of unhappiness and resolving it is like kissing a frog.

Everything else in the book is a riff on that basic melody. It's a simple concept, but the execution is often difficult.

Another problem with the book is some statements just are not true. In the inside jacket, for example, it says the authors quote Shakespeare with "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Let's do a thought experiment. Suppose you smash your thumb 17 times with a hammer. As you examine the pulp that remains, you try thinking to yourself, "This is good!" Does that quote from Shakespeare really work for you, in this case?

The point the authors intended to make was you can choose to let something get you down or not. That's generally true. In many cases, you would have to be a psychopath to feel good about this or that occurrence. If you see a child get run down by a car, your natural response is going to be profoundly negative unless there is something very, very wrong with you. And you would probably always feel bad about that event.

That said, the principle does apply if, for example, you didn't get that promotion you wanted at work. You could choose to let the opinion of someone higher up make you feel permanently angry, so you then slack off in your work. Why try, if trying previously didn't pay off? Or, you could choose to kiss that frog. You go to your boss and say you really wanted that promotion but obviously there was a difference of opinion. You tell your boss you view this as an opportunity to improve, and you ask your boss to help you map out a plan toward that end.

It's this kind of response to adverse events and adverse conditions that the authors are talking about. Quite often, it doesn't take much to completely turn the situation around. The authors use an example of a car that had one carburetor part inserted backwards, and after the mechanic fixed this the car went from being adequately powerful to amazing its owner.

Not that I personally would use such an example. Having built, rebuilt, repaired, and tuned dozens of carburetors (mostly Holley and Rochester brands) during the 1970s and 1980s, I am perplexed as to what part this could have been. More likely, the mechanic installed larger jets. That would explain the power increase. It could be this story suffered a bit from the telephone effect (recall the classic game). Its lack of detail adds to its lack of plausibility, at least in regard to a backwards part. Thankfully, the authors do use other examples.

The authors repeatedly make the point that "moping about it" or feeling resentful, angry, etc., won't change whatever is dragging you down. Negative feelings, in fact, can make things worse. And I think understanding that is how you get into the habit of solving problems instead of letting them control you and defeat you.

This book consists of 12 chapters and a conclusion, spanning 138 pages. If you're dealing with negativity, your answer may lie within.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New: Your Self-Centered Life Simplified May 11 2012
By Jakob Bruhl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The title is intriguing and the intro caught my attention but disappointment quickly set in. I nearly just stopped and set the book aside but then there were some discussions in the text that seemed outlandish, just plain wrong, and extremely self-centered so I kept reading to see if I was being overly critical or missing their point. In the end, there are some good bits of advice but there are also some bad bits and some downright ugly bits, too.

THE GOOD:
* The authors describe common problems that people have that center around expectations. They contend that we often start by thinking about limitations and restrictions rather than what we'd really like the endstate to be and this severely reduces what is possible.
* Many of us spend too much time complaining which achieves nothing and improves nothing. There are much more effective ways to use our time and tackle problems.
* We can learn a lot from painful experiences. It is unfortunate when we fail to learn from them so we need to face those situations deliberately and see what lessons we can draw from them.
* Being envious of others causes problems for the envious person. However, admiring others is a positive action for both parties involved. It is useful to learn to shift envy to admiration.

THE BAD:
* If you lower your expectations, you'll find you'll be happier. This may be true, but it doesn't seem like good advice for successful living. Perhaps the authors were trying to find a new way to explain the value in being content but it comes across as useless, and risks being damaging, advice.
* Much of the advice is ridiculously oversimplified. For example, the authors explain that letting go of something negative in your life is as simple as opening your hand to let go of a pencil. Makes for a useful analogy. I'm not convinced it's very useful in practice.
* The authors instruct the reader to "never criticize yourself for anything" and then a few pages later state that "the fact is that human beings are imperfect." Their point of the entire book is to focus on positives, but by completely ignoring imperfections in yourself? It's important to understand our limitations - in some cases to simply accept them and in other cases to take action to improve.
* The authors contend that negative emotions will stop if you "accept complete responsibility for all situations." The point here is to avoid blaming others because blame does nothing to correct a problem. Some people have a hard time accepting responsbility for anything; they tend to blame others. But swinging all the way to the other extreme is also unhealthy and unhelpful.

THE UGLY:
* The book is very self-centered. Several times, the authors state "your goal in life is to be happy." This is a pretty lame life's purpose. Life is about a lot more than my personal happiness. In fact, if I live my life worried only about my own happiness, I'm missing a lot of opportunities. The authors certainly don't argue that my happiness should come at the expense of others but the emphasis throughout is on how to make me happy, not how to improve my relationships, be an effective employee or employer, etc.
* In a discussion on forgiveness and letting go of the past, they include a paragraph about the development of imcompatibility in marriages. Their answer: it just happens, don't get so wrapped up about it, it "happens to millions of couples each year." And they leave it at that! Seriously. Nothing about your role as a spouse in building and maintaining a relationship. Their advice is that if you and your spouse are drifting apart that's just what happens over time so accept it, learn from it, and move on. Not sure that will help improve the success rate of today's marriages.

This book offers a few nuggets of useful advice buried in oversimplified and idealistic rehashing of old material. Some of the advice is just plain bad. I don't recommend it even, as some reviewers suggested, to young people who don't have much experience with the self-help genre.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good stuff Sept. 11 2013
By T. Klamo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Really, you will get points that you never got before.Nice simple eye opening talk that will help you get over your hangups.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Aug. 5 2013
By Valerie B. Lull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Kiss that Frog" by Brian Tracy and his daughter Christina Tracy Stein is a great little book that gives you 12 ways to turn negative things in your life and work into positives. It is based on the fairy tale about the princess who kissed the frog and it turned into a handsome prince. The concept is that negative "frogs" in your life can turn into positive things if you look at them right.

The book starts out with 7 truths about you. You are a good person, you're important, you have unlimited potential, you create your world, you are free to choose, you have a great destiny, and there are no limits. These are wonderful concepts, all you have to do is choose to believe them. The rest of the book discusses ways you can implicate these seven truths in your life. When a problem comes along, yes it is difficult, but how you react to it is key. You can reframe the way you think about the situation and see it in a different and positive light.

Another concept discussed in the book is letting go of hurts and things in the past that make you angry and depressed. It frees you to go on with your life and experience happiness. I also liked the discussion of the concept of forgiveness. It is a marvelous concept which I have experienced in my own life. For decades I had a great deal of anger toward my mother for things she had said and done to me. Finally, I realized she could not help it because of the way she had been raised. I forgave her and let it all go. I felt such a feeling of freedom and lightness about my being. I was free to go on and start a new life without all the old baggage.

I also liked the little sections at the end of the chapters called "Now Do This". They contain exercises that you can do to help deal with the "frogs" in your life and turn then into positives. The concepts in this book are true. They are useful to everyone and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be happy and free to be all that they can be. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
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