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Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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"I always say that personal finance is only 20% head knowledge and 80% behavior. Behavior change is hard, because it requires something a lot of people are missing these days: self-discipline. If you want to make a change in your money, business, or relationships, do not miss Take the Stairs. It gives you the tools you need to take control of the only person holding you back: yourself."
—Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and bestselling author of The Total Money Makeover
"This book won't let you off easy-and that's why it's great. Rory Vaden gives readers what they need to get focused and tackle problems head on- and win."
—Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone
"This book shows how to develop the courage, character, and determination to succeed in anything you attempt. It can change your life!"
—Brian Tracy, New York Times bestselling author of Eat That Frog
"Take the Stairs is a compelling and challenging call for all of us to accomplish greatness. It not only shows you how to make self- discipline more sustainable, it will reignite your passion to achieve."
—Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler's Gift
"A gem of a book that will inspire you to do the little extra things that make a huge difference. Buy it!"
—Chester Elton, bestselling co-author of The Orange Revolution
"If there is one book to read this year, this might be it. It's at the core of everything. Brilliant. Significant. Necessary."
—Roxanne Emmerich, bestselling author of Thank God It's Monday!
"Motivating yourself is a key to success in all of life. Read this book and your fighting spirit will come alive!"
—Mac Anderson, Founder of Simple Truths and former owner of Successories
"Don't be fooled. There is no escalator to the top. This book will tell you the truth about what it really takes to become a massive success in every area of your life-if you choose to Take the Stairs."
—Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine and bestselling author of The Compound Effect
"The easy way is never the excellent way. For get rich quick or wish upon a star, go elsewhere. For an agenda for excellence, read this book. Rory gets it."
—Mark Sanborn, bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader
"This isn't a book of cheerleading and motivational platitudes. This is the book that can change your life. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to take quality of work and life to a higher level."
—Joe Calloway, bestselling author of Becoming a Category of One
"Do you have a career worth loving? Rory Vaden will give you the ideas, insight, and inspiration to create a career worthy of your greatest potential."
—Sally Hogshead, author of Fascinate and founder of HowToFascinate.com
"Rory's Take the Stairs book is an encouraging message of hope and truth that can really help you improve your life. Read it as soon as possible!"
—Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar Inc. and proud son of Zig Ziglar
"Pure and simple, this should be the only book on the shelf in this category-because it's the only proven way to achieve authentic, sustainable success. Buy this book and heed this message!"
—David Avrin, author of It's Not Who You Know - It's Who Knows YOU!
"Take the Stairs identifies the specific strategies that will help you get past procrastination and fear to accomplish anything you desire."
"You can't spend 30 seconds around Rory without getting inspired to change your life. You're about to spend a few hours with him. Get ready."
—Jon Acuff, bestselling author of Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day
About the Author
Rory Vaden is a self-discipline strategist, cofounder of the international training company Southwestern Consulting, and a New York Times bestselling author. As an author and business motivational speaker, Rory’s unique insights have been shared on Oprah Radio, as well as in Businessweek, Publishers Weekly, and Success magazine. He is the author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success.
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Mr. Vaden uses the lives of various successful persons as clear examples that work, determination, self discipline and the likes is not easy but is required to achieve the dreams you've been given. He further includes seven principles, sacrifice, commitment, focus, integrity, scheduling, faith, and action, which are the stairs for success.
The author doesn't sugar coat anything to make you feel good, but uses his life experience as a testimonial that if it can work for him, it can work for you. This is also what makes this read authentic because the methods he's implemented on these pages have been proven to work.
Here are some of the book's highlights:
1. Success is often the result of a series of small, AGGREGATED decisions rather than one big one.
2. The Myth of the Invisible Finish Line ... I'll be happy when I get the promotion to general manager. The feeling we seek never actually exists.
3. When a storm forms in the western sky, cows run east in an attempt to outrun it, yet don't. Buffalo run west, into the storm, and as a result, the storm passes over quickly.
4. Page 109 provides a method to tell someone they need to improve. I won't cover it here.
5. "Brevity is the essence of wisdom." said Mark Twain. The Lord's Prayer is only 66 words, so most people can remember it and gain from the wisdom contained in its words.
6. For most of us, improving is a matter of will, not skill.
7. To be consistently productive, assign every hour of the day in Microsoft Outlook to an activity.