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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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Publisher's Summary

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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    An Amazon Customer 06-24-13 Member Since 2007
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia LAINGSBURG, MI, United States 06-18-12
    Patricia LAINGSBURG, MI, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2012

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    "This guy is easy on the ears!"
    What did you learn from Take the Stairs that you would use in your daily life?

    Hard work may not make you a million bucks, but it's the only way to self respect and inner/outer happiness.


    Any additional comments?

    Energizing... I need to keep listening again and again for weekly doses of inspiration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    connie Enumclaw, WA, United States 03-20-12
    connie Enumclaw, WA, United States 03-20-12

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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane REDMOND, WA, United States 03-03-12
    Jane REDMOND, WA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2011
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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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    Zeus Miami, FL, United States 05-05-14
    Zeus Miami, FL, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "To the point valuable information well shared."
    What did you love best about Take the Stairs?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this one. I'll likely listen to it again as I feel it worthwhile reenforcing the lesson here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Waltham, MA, United States 04-29-14
    Joel Waltham, MA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Persevere!"

    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.

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    Ruth Dover, NH, United States 03-31-14
    Ruth Dover, NH, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Take the Stairs?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The examples he gives illustrate his points perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Rory Vaden – was your favorite?

    Rory Vaden himself!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yup!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evan Saskatoon, SK, Canada 04-11-13
    Evan Saskatoon, SK, Canada 04-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Take the Stairs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book. Helped me in a number of ways. I haven't been to the gym in 4+ years and I started going again this week. Got a good schedule going. I'm way more conscious of the 100s of little choices I make about things every day.

    I also noticed this book referenced a number of other books, so I started checking those out as well. I like Secrets of the Millionaire mind.

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    Gregory Little Elm, Texas, United States 03-05-12
    Gregory Little Elm, Texas, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about Take the Stairs?

    This is a must read if you want to get back to the basics and be reminded how hard working Americans
    get to the top!!

    The one thing that stood out the most is Rory


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None stood out above the rest.


    Which character – as performed by Rory Vaden – was your favorite?

    Himself


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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