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.
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.
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First, let me say that there is some good information in this program. I was put off a little by the focus on faith and god but the principles here are good ones. The author reads the book, and you can tell he is a little inexperienced as he stumbles a few times during the read. The end of the book gets a little more preachy than I care for, but the motivation and nuggets in the book are in there regardless. Overall it was OK. not great.... but not bad.
Rep the King
I read and listened to the book. That's how much I enjoyed the quality of the information. Great stories and analogies that many can relate to. Highly recommended.
This book is one of those I will listen to over and over again! Love to hear stories like the one of Rory, I wish we could teach the take the stairs approach in schools and at home. After listening I realized how we can apply this to so many parts of our lives, raising children, business, fitness, etc and how prevalent entitlement is in our present society, must of us are guilty in one way or another!
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