Do you ride the escalator or do you 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.
©2012 Rory Vaden (P)2012 Gildan Media, LLC
I've listened to this book four times now - and I'll continue to listen to it, as I'm reminded of certain truths every single time I do. Rory Vaden is obviously an accomplished speaker and does an excellent job of creating visual representations of the points he wants to convey.
As an actor and voice artist, I desperately want to be successful (don't we all?), and I was hooked when Rory said, "Success is never owned, it is rented - and the rent is due every day."
Unlike many books in which the author does his own narration and shows his inexperience in front of a microphone, Rory Vaden is an award-winning public speaker who lives in front of a microphone. His job is to communicate a message in a vocal performance - and he does so brilliantly in this book.
There are many things I've learned from this book - the importance of creating good habits, deciding to do those things I don't want to do in order to accomplish what I do want, etc. But most of all it's the ever-present concept of the "taking the stairs" mentality... that is what will likely be the most long-lasting impact.
Great book. Rory is a no-nonsense guy and he covers a lot in this book - if you have already read a bunch of motivational books and find most of them shallow and repetitive, regurgitating the same anecdotes and smart catchphrases, here is someone fresh, original, with substance that will help you become a better person. Would recommend him any day over the well known motivational "gurus" who speak a lot but say little. Cory is the real deal.
Hard work may not make you a million bucks, but it's the only way to self respect and inner/outer happiness.
Energizing... I need to keep listening again and again for weekly doses of inspiration!
Great motivational read. This is applicable to all areas of your life. It is helping me to reformulate my goals and stick to them.
I like the fact that Rory is reading a story about himself.
Why I need to do the hard things, and stick with it.
Discipline, Commitment - Success
The little 5 year old boy, who saved money all summer for the expensive books, but the family had to use up his money because the mother got sick. And then Rory gave the books to the boy as a gift.
I actually like everything about the book. I recommend it to everybody.
The tag line would be
Great speaker with motivating content. Needed to hear this message as I've been thinking about this stuff recently. Going to share the message and carry it forward! Thanks Rory!
I've read and listened to many books on the this type of material but I found Rory Vaden to be a terrific narrator and put the information together in a way that was on-point. I think soo much of this book that I purchased a copy to give to my teenage son as I think there are many life lessons here that absolutely will benefit my boy.
I really enjoyed this one. I'll likely listen to it again as I feel it worthwhile reenforcing the lesson here.
The author spends just a little too much time promoting his own company, but the numbered points he makes to the reader make this book outstanding. There are few
shortcuts to hard work and the rewards that come with accomplishing it and with learning
to persevere needs to be drummed home with every young person. Great read.
Glad I bought this book.
This book has really changed my life. The message and the examples Rory gives are very powerful. I am determined to make a change in my life now, and can see a way forward. I would enjoy more audio material by Rory Vaden--he is an excellent motivator.
The examples he gives illustrate his points perfectly.
Rory Vaden himself!
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