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Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success | [Rory Vaden]

Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

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.
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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

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    Darren United States 08-14-12
    Darren United States 08-14-12
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    "Read It... Live By It."
    Would you listen to Take the Stairs again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Take the Stairs?

    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."


    What about Rory Vaden’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Take the Stairs?

    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.


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    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.

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    connie Enumclaw, WA, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2010

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    "This will get you going and keep it up!"
    If you could sum up Take the Stairs in three words, what would they be?

    Great motivational read. This is applicable to all areas of your life. It is helping me to reformulate my goals and stick to them.


    What does Rory Vaden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the fact that Rory is reading a story about himself.


    What did you learn from Take the Stairs that you would use in your daily life?

    Why I need to do the hard things, and stick with it.


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    Jane REDMOND, WA, United States 03-03-12
    Jane REDMOND, WA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!"
    If you could sum up Take the Stairs in three words, what would they be?

    Discipline, Commitment - Success


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Rory Vaden’s performance did you like?

    I actually like everything about the book. I recommend it to everybody.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The tag line would be


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    J Hill 08-21-15
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    "very good information here, the content is useful"

    The content was useful and easy to understand all with the potential to help you improve yourself

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    Bulldog Reader 08-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    This book was amazing, short, attention grabbing and life changing. I would definitely recommend listening to it once to get the gist and then again deliberately while taking notes. Like the book says "you'll be surprised how quickly your life will start changing for the better" when you start applying these principles to it.

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    David 08-04-15
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    "Time To Take Actions"

    Fantastic audio book to encourage us in taking actions! This book is best accompanied by Rory's "Procrastinate On Purpose" to identify the specific actions that you need to take in succeeding your goals.

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    Becki 08-02-15
    Becki 08-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Life changing!"

    Thank you for getting me back on track after 3 years a personal confusion, lack of discipline and going downhill with my career.

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    Britt 07-31-15
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    "Loved it great read"

    This was great, reality based and story based of Rory!! I cannot wait to read/listen to more of his books

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    Jennifer Claremont, Australia 07-26-15
    Jennifer Claremont, Australia 07-26-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Makes absolute sense!"

    The gift is in understanding the will to be successful. Thank you Rory for giving me so many insights and stories I can now implement into my journey.

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