Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

Take the Stairs Steps to Achieving True Success Do you ride the escalator or take the stairs No matter how you define success it always requires one thing self discipline But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains we live in an esc

  • Title: Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success
  • Author: Rory Vaden
  • ISBN: 9780399537233
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Do you ride the escalator or take the stairs No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing self discipline But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an escalator world one that s filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity What se Do you ride the escalator or take the stairs No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing self discipline But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an escalator world one that s filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end and, most important, it won t take you where you want to go.How do successful people stay focused and achieve results This lively and insightful guide presents a simple program for taking the stairs that is, for overcoming the temptations of quick fixes and procrastination, conquering creative avoidance, and transcending personal setbacks in order to tackle the work that leads to real success.Whatever your goals are, Rory Vaden s proven approach will get you there one stair at a time.

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    1. Rory Vaden's Take the Stairs isn't just a book. It isn't a system that you'll try and forget over time. It is truly a new way of thinking that becomes natural the more you practice it, so much so that you won't believe you hadn't been thinking that way all along. I have found myself to be more productive in work than ever before, more joyful in my time with family and friends, more rested in my down time, and all around more driven and satisfied with life. You may hesitate to read this because y [...]

    2. This book suffers by comparison. Before I even picked this one up, I had just read a much better book about the same thing so immediately this was bugging me. This one came across as all hype to me. And I think the "7" steps has been done already. The author should have chosen something different to make his book sound different and not to blend in with the rest.

    3. Loy Machedo’s Book Review – Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden.Let me tell you a secret. The good.The bad.And The ugly. The Good.I have followed Rory Vaden’s Toastmaster growth ever since he gave his diabolically disastrous debut performance at 2006 International Speech Contest; Only to follow it up with a World Class Mind Blowing Performance in the year 2007. In all honesty, Rory should have won the 1st place in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Instead he was given a pit [...]

    4. this book is all about strategies for self discipline, and i agree with the author that in this day and age, there's more of a need for it than ever. the book is very readable and well-organized. i've taken the stairs since i've been reading it, so he's accomplished something with his metaphor!i appreciated his idea of creating unacceptable consequences in different situations. when you need to succeed, you can do things to push yourself when you don't give yourself the easy outry also acknowled [...]

    5. Rory Vaden believes we live in an "escalator world" one that is filled with shortcuts, quick fixes and distractions that make it all too easy to procrastinate, compromise and fall into mediocrity. "Take The Stairs" is about self-discipline and doing things you don't want to do in the short term to bring success in the long term.Mr Vaden shares seven steps to achieving true success in this book. These steps are;SacrificeCommitmentFocusIntegrityScheduleFaithActionThe author uses case studies and e [...]

    6. Do you ever read books, knowing full well that you'll dislike everything about it? I call it hate-reading, and that's definitely what I did with this poorly written little volume of self-help advice. I received this from a leadership workshop I attended recently and was skeptical from the start. Rory Vaden's book is founded on a number of assumptions that are very frustrating to any reader that favors concrete evidence and data over gross generalizations. Rory doesn't have a single citation or f [...]

    7. Common sense book on "taking the stairs" - that is, doing what most will not do to achieve success. It can be summed up as the Law of Inertia. A body in motion stays in motion - take action!

    8. What I love most about this book is that it reinforces what we all know and that is that hard work, persistence, and sweat equity is and always will be the key to success. There is no magic pill. There is no 4 hour body. There is only self discipline. I love this quote from the book“Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day.”The reason I love this is because you can replace the word "success" with whatever goal you are striving for"Fitness is never owned; it [...]

    9. Great book on success. The author is a Christian. “The real secret to success has more to do with action than attraction.”“We have to be willing to go to the level of the ridiculous. Which is why I decided awhile back to start taking the stairs everywhere instead of taking the escalator. It’s a symbolic gesture, but people all around me have noticed it.” “Simply stated, there are only two types of activities: things we feel like doing and things we don’t. And if we can learn to mak [...]

    10. When I began reading this book I encountered what I felt were some inaccurate generalizations, and I considered not reading it until the end. But another author I was already familiar with and deeply respect lent her praise to this book so I decided I should keep going. And it wasn't long before I was won over, and by the end of the book I was fully convinced of the value of Rory Vaden's insight and advice. His own experience combined with the expansive wisdom of other successful individuals mak [...]

    11. The kind of book you should buy and put into practice a principle every week to maximise value. Successful people have all had to do things they didn't feel like doing in order to get where they are.We will always continue doing the things we want to do. So then the only real question is: Do we have what it takes to do the things we know are good for us even when we don't feel like doing them?Procrastination and indulgence are nothing more than creditors who charge us interest.A sacrifice isn't [...]

    12. Highlights: 1. Three faces of an action: fear, entitlement, perfectionism.2. Success means we have to develop the self-discipline to get ourselves to do things we don't want to do.3. Choices that are easy in the short-term are often in direct conflict with what makes life easier in the long term.4. It's the person who makes the sacrifice that gets the gift sometimes in ways we wouldn't have expected. 5. Classic procrastination waiting to do the things that we struggle with.6. Unconscious procras [...]

    13. There were snippets of value to me, but overall the book was too simplistic in it's approach. It seemed to me that the target audience was 17 (ish). I'm well past that age, but would recommend to a younger reader.

    14. I read this book a while back and I keep re reading it. Rory Vaden is truly mind opening. It changes your perspective on the way you see and view things. After reading this book your life won't ever be the same

    15. This is a great book about how to incorporate more discipline into your life so you can more quickly achieve your goals. I particularly recommend this to my college age students.

    16. Great idea (taking the long view, etc). Agree with many of his ideas but it ends up sounding like an ad for Southwestern sales.

    17. This was an excellent motivational book to be all you can be and push yourself farther than you think you can go. My favorite part was about the harvest seasons and how to focus on one goal and just work hard until it's accomplished.

    18. Rory Vaden has a no nonsense way of explaining straight paths to success. I picked up this book for motivation in my business and thought of many ways to apply these principles to my everyday life. These are not paths that have not been introduced to me before, but the author revisits these ideas so that I am inspired to apply them now, where I am in my life.

    19. Rory Vaden points out common flaws that stop so many of us from achieving our true potential. It gets uncomfortable at times to know that someone can see you through without even knowing you personally. But it is nice to know that my problem or my struggle is not unique and there are millions of ppl have the same challenges. On top of that, there is the way to face it and overcome it.If you don't have time to read the book, at least watch the YouTube video where Rory Vaden introduces the Paradox [...]

    20. Given the choice, do you take the stairs or the escalator? Rory Vaden tells us that this choice will land you in two different destinations.This book will convince you that taking the stairs is a mind-set. It’s a belief that hard work in the short run brings long-term benefits. Making the escalator choice, which requires less effort in the short run, will lead to diminished long-term rewards. The philosophy is that there are no shortcuts in life. Do the work to the best of your ability, and in [...]

    21. Vaden is the embodiment of the theory he presents. He made his way up from poverty by hard work. His basic premise is that by refusing to take the easy way out in even the simplest of situations (taking the stairs instead of the escalator), a person develops the mental muscles to endure hard work, face set-backs, and eventually succeed despite any and all obstacles. Essentially, he's promoting the development of obstacle immunity. He blends his "get tough" approach with an insistence on morality [...]

    22. Not your typical business self-help cheese! Entertaining and insightful!I was introduced to Rory Vaden and this book from the December 23, 2014 "Beyond the To Do List" podcast where Rory Vaden was a guest and discussing his new book "Procrastinate on Purpose". Let me start by saying, I'm not one who gets into "self-help" style books as I find many of them full of nothing but cheesy rhetoric and silly catch phrases. I was drawn to listen to that specific podcast because, as many people, I am a se [...]

    23. Powerful. Invigorating. Inspiring."My hope is that this book has rejuvenated your hope in a truth that will modify your thoughts, influence your behaviors, and inevitably change your life." (192)And honestly, that's exactly what this book has done for me. As a college student plagued by the minutiae of life and fallen victim to its many temptations, I can testify that this book is a must-read.

    24. How does it compare to others:I've been listening to a lot of Personal development audiobooks while I walk in the evenings or during mundane tasks at work. The last book was Grit and this book was an excellent chaser. It really made me want to buckle in and get to work. I have renewed determination and some very solid tools to be successful.What's your favorite part:"Success is never owned, only rented. Everyngle" I also liked the story about lifetime measured with a tape measure and a day being [...]

    25. This book is full of quotes that could hang on my wall. Vaden is no nonsense. The things we want require work. Over consistent periods of time. However, I like that he is very optimistic. We can all do big things, the big things we want and are willing to spend the time and effort to acquire. I liked that Vaden read and studied commonalities in successful people and that he applied and shared his own experiences of success. Just a handful of great quotes:"What if we adopt the habit to Take the S [...]

    26. A positive uplifting book that provides an easy read for motivation & encouragement to getting necessary work done. I kept going back to the book whenever I needed inspiration to get moving & into that "productive" mindset Vaden clearly points the reader towards. While I throughly enjoyed the book as a whole, there was just one lengthy example provided in the commitment section that I found particularly disturbing. It was titled "Unwavering Belief" on page 65 (Vietnamese version) and det [...]

    27. I met Rory while he was in Tampa as the keynote speaker for a Toastmasters conference. He was a skilled and interesting speaker with a track record of success, and that's why I ended up picking up his book from the back of the room.It was a good book, but it was really all of the material he covered from the stage with a little additional detail here and there; I was a little disappointed by that. I think he covered some good information that got into what you need to do if you want to be succes [...]

    28. A positive uplifting book that provides an easy read for motivation & encouragement to getting necessary work done. I kept going back to the book whenever I needed inspiration to get moving & into that "productive" mindset Vaden clearly points the reader towards. While I throughly enjoyed the book as a whole, there was just one lengthy example provided in the commitment section that I found particularly disturbing. It was titled "Unwavering Belief" on page 65 and details a woman who attr [...]

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