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.
Let me save you 4 hours: Do what you know you are supposed to do, even if you don't want to do it.
One of the best.
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.
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.
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
None stood out above the rest.
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
He used so many ridiculous happy feel good words that I threw up all over my IPhone. I wasn't looking for literary genius.
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