The Frog Principle -by Andrew Matthews

The Frog Principle – By Andrew Matthews

There is an often-quoted story of a frog and a bucket of water.   It Illustrates the law of deterioration…


If you take an intelligent, happy frog and drop him into a bucket of boiling water, what will the Frog do?  Jump Out! Instantly,  the frog decides  “This is no fun – I’m gone!”.

If you take the same frog, or a relative, and drop him into a bucket of cold water, put the bucket on the stove and gradually heat up the bucket, what then.   The frog’s relaxing .. a few minutes later he says to himself: “It Seems warm in here .”  Soon enough, you have a cooked frog.

The moral of the story?   Life happens gradually.  Like the frog, we can be fooled, and suddenly it’s to late.  We need to be aware what is happening.

Acknowledgment : the above has been extracted from Andrew Matthews book Follow Your Heart.    It is a brilliant book that sets you straight when life starts to get a bit hard.   I have had this book for at least 10 years and keep re-reading this.   Life happens but we need to be alert otherwise we will be a cooked frog.


Follow Your Heart – Finding Purpose in Your Life and Work – By Andrew Matthews

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29 thoughts on “The Frog Principle -by Andrew Matthews

    1. Thank you for reading , following and commenting. I am glad this resonated with yourself. I just think it is brilliant, I can imagine myself as the frog and I just have to remember not to get cooked. His books are brilliant – full of funny illustration and quotes. They make a heavy topic light and digestible.


      1. K, great you will enjoy it. I am being terribly cheeky here, If you do check it out and your are in the uk, can you use the link i provided in the blog – it means I get a tiny tiny amazon commission if you buy it. I know I am terrible – cheeky – sorry. If your not in the uk – then you dont worry about the link in the blog post. Thanking you in advance Bella

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    1. Brigid, The beauty of life, to realise and change – and repeat. That why i love journaling, it helps you realise and change and so does meditation. I meditate every day and it really save’s us from being the second frog.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. The book is great, it so light hearted but such a deep book. And he has the best cartoon illustrations everywhere and quotes. It is such an enjoyable read / reference book. So glad I own it.

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