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Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success

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Do you ride the escalator-or 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 seem
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Published February 1st 2012 by Perigee Books
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Kimberly Novosel
Rory Vaden's Take the Stairs isn't just a book. It isn't a system that you'll try and forget over time. It is truly a new way of thinking that becomes natural the more you practice it, so much so that you won't believe you hadn't been thinking that way all along. I have found myself to be more productive in work than ever before, more joyful in my time with family and friends, more rested in my down time, and all around more driven and satisfied with life. You may hesitate to read this because y ...more
Donna
Dec 18, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book suffers by comparison. Before I even picked this one up, I had just read a much better book about the same thing so immediately this was bugging me. This one came across as all hype to me. And I think the "7" steps has been done already. The author should have chosen something different to make his book sound different and not to blend in with the rest.
May-Ling
Apr 10, 2012 May-Ling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: working-smart
this book is all about strategies for self discipline, and i agree with the author that in this day and age, there's more of a need for it than ever. the book is very readable and well-organized. i've taken the stairs since i've been reading it, so he's accomplished something with his metaphor!

i appreciated his idea of creating unacceptable consequences in different situations. when you need to succeed, you can do things to push yourself when you don't give yourself the easy out.

rory also acknow
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Janette Fuller
Sep 25, 2012 Janette Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Rory Vaden believes we live in an "escalator world"... one that is filled with shortcuts, quick fixes and distractions that make it all too easy to procrastinate, compromise and fall into mediocrity. "Take The Stairs" is about self-discipline and doing things you don't want to do in the short term to bring success in the long term.

Mr Vaden shares seven steps to achieving true success in this book. These steps are;

Sacrifice
Commitment
Focus
Integrity
Schedule
Faith
Action

The author uses case studies an
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Loy Machedo
Apr 16, 2012 Loy Machedo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden.

Let me tell you a secret.
The good.
The bad.
And
The ugly.


The Good.
I have followed Rory Vaden’s Toastmaster growth ever since he gave his diabolically disastrous debut performance at 2006 International Speech Contest; Only to follow it up with a World Class Mind Blowing Performance in the year 2007.
In all honesty, Rory should have won the 1st place in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Instead he was given a pitiful s
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Laura Thompson
Feb 06, 2015 Laura Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love most about this book is that it reinforces what we all know and that is that hard work, persistence, and sweat equity is and always will be the key to success. There is no magic pill. There is no 4 hour body. There is only self discipline. I love this quote from the book

“Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day.”

The reason I love this is because you can replace the word "success" with whatever goal you are striving for

"Fitness is never owned; it is on
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Cindy
Nov 17, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Common sense book on "taking the stairs" - that is, doing what most will not do to achieve success. It can be summed up as the Law of Inertia. A body in motion stays in motion - take action!
Daniel Dawson
Aug 09, 2015 Daniel Dawson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on success. The author is a Christian.

“The real secret to success has more to do with action than attraction.”

“We have to be willing to go to the level of the ridiculous. Which is why I decided awhile back to start taking the stairs everywhere instead of taking the escalator. It’s a symbolic gesture, but people all around me have noticed it.”

“Simply stated, there are only two types of activities: things we feel like doing and things we don’t. And if we can learn to make ourselves do
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Sean Goh
Sep 21, 2015 Sean Goh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pers-dev, biz
The kind of book you should buy and put into practice a principle every week to maximise value.

Successful people have all had to do things they didn't feel like doing in order to get where they are.
We will always continue doing the things we want to do. So then the only real question is: Do we have what it takes to do the things we know are good for us even when we don't feel like doing them?

Procrastination and indulgence are nothing more than creditors who charge us interest.

A sacrifice isn't
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Amy Barton
Feb 23, 2017 Amy Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while back and I keep re reading it. Rory Vaden is truly mind opening. It changes your perspective on the way you see and view things. After reading this book your life won't ever be the same
Jennifer FitzPatrick
This is a great book about how to incorporate more discipline into your life so you can more quickly achieve your goals. I particularly recommend this to my college age students.
Madisson
Jun 30, 2014 Madisson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2015-read
Such a great book! So applicable to everyone in all walks of life. Highly recommended!
Jackie
Nov 30, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book that is a call to action without being over the top. Felt like very practical knowledge that was very easy to understand and had an overarching warmth in it.
Benjamin
Jan 19, 2017 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, key concepts that I've really enjoyed from this book are:

1. Success cannot be earned, it can only be rented and the rent is due every day.

2. There is no "life-work balance", each actionable item requires adequate time dedicated to it, it is impossible to dedicate equal time to all of them.

3. Seasonality of activities - just as farmers have their harvest season when they have to work really hard, so do you have "seasons" for various activities - be that getting a new job/starting hea
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Lori
Jan 16, 2017 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, a must read!
Linda
Oct 04, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great idea (taking the long view, etc). Agree with many of his ideas but it ends up sounding like an ad for Southwestern sales.
Lex
Jan 04, 2017 Lex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me want to be a better person. The overall theme is... get off your butt and get stuff done. I feel it's all easier said than done, but that's the point of the book. Rory goes through excuses and procrastination challenges and provides strategies and techniques to make positive life changes. This is a serious course in self improvement.
Wendy Kendall
Nov 02, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the choice, do you take the stairs or the escalator? Rory Vaden tells us that this choice will land you in two different destinations.

This book will convince you that taking the stairs is a mind-set. It’s a belief that hard work in the short run brings long-term benefits. Making the escalator choice, which requires less effort in the short run, will lead to diminished long-term rewards. The philosophy is that there are no shortcuts in life. Do the work to the best of your ability, and in t
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Zade
Aug 20, 2015 Zade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vaden is the embodiment of the theory he presents. He made his way up from poverty by hard work. His basic premise is that by refusing to take the easy way out in even the simplest of situations (taking the stairs instead of the escalator), a person develops the mental muscles to endure hard work, face set-backs, and eventually succeed despite any and all obstacles. Essentially, he's promoting the development of obstacle immunity. He blends his "get tough" approach with an insistence on morality ...more
Leon Schmitz
Mar 09, 2015 Leon Schmitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical business self-help cheese! Entertaining and insightful!

I was introduced to Rory Vaden and this book from the December 23, 2014 "Beyond the To Do List" podcast where Rory Vaden was a guest and discussing his new book "Procrastinate on Purpose". Let me start by saying, I'm not one who gets into "self-help" style books as I find many of them full of nothing but cheesy rhetoric and silly catch phrases. I was drawn to listen to that specific podcast because, as many people, I am a se
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Venkatesh Subramaniam
Very nice thoughts shared with deep insight. Enjoyed reading this book

I recommend this book to everyone.
Definitely a must for young professionals and students. Thoroughly enjoyed the concepts and case studies.
Holly
Sep 01, 2016 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How does it compare to others:
I've been listening to a lot of Personal development audiobooks while I walk in the evenings or during mundane tasks at work. The last book was Grit and this book was an excellent chaser. It really made me want to buckle in and get to work. I have renewed determination and some very solid tools to be successful.

What's your favorite part:
"Success is never owned, only rented. Every...single...day." I also liked the story about lifetime measured with a tape measure and
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Lindy
Oct 14, 2015 Lindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of quotes that could hang on my wall. Vaden is no nonsense. The things we want require work. Over consistent periods of time. However, I like that he is very optimistic. We can all do big things, the big things we want and are willing to spend the time and effort to acquire. I liked that Vaden read and studied commonalities in successful people and that he applied and shared his own experiences of success. Just a handful of great quotes:

"What if we adopt the habit to Take the S
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Joey Nguyen
Jul 27, 2015 Joey Nguyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A positive uplifting book that provides an easy read for motivation & encouragement to getting necessary work done. I kept going back to the book whenever I needed inspiration to get moving & into that "productive" mindset Vaden clearly points the reader towards.

While I throughly enjoyed the book as a whole, there was just one lengthy example provided in the commitment section that I found particularly disturbing. It was titled "Unwavering Belief" on page 65 (Vietnamese version) and det
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Christopher Hedges
I met Rory while he was in Tampa as the keynote speaker for a Toastmasters conference. He was a skilled and interesting speaker with a track record of success, and that's why I ended up picking up his book from the back of the room.

It was a good book, but it was really all of the material he covered from the stage with a little additional detail here and there; I was a little disappointed by that. I think he covered some good information that got into what you need to do if you want to be succes
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Meagan
Dec 03, 2012 Meagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
A positive uplifting book that provides an easy read for motivation & encouragement to getting necessary work done. I kept going back to the book whenever I needed inspiration to get moving & into that "productive" mindset Vaden clearly points the reader towards.

While I throughly enjoyed the book as a whole, there was just one lengthy example provided in the commitment section that I found particularly disturbing. It was titled "Unwavering Belief" on page 65 and details a woman who attr
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Charmin
Dec 08, 2015 Charmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: growth
Highlights: 1. Three faces of an action: fear, entitlement, perfectionism.
2. Success means we have to develop the self-discipline to get ourselves to do things we don't want to do.
3. Choices that are easy in the short-term are often in direct conflict with what makes life easier in the long term.
4. It's the person who makes the sacrifice that gets the gift sometimes in ways we wouldn't have expected.
5. Classic procrastination waiting to do the things that we struggle with.
6. Unconscious procras
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Lauren Ozanich
May 16, 2014 Lauren Ozanich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this one! It was recommended by a colleague a few years ago and I just never reached out to find it, but when my roommate let me borrow her copy I was hooked. A firm believer of hard work, it jived with a lot of my own beliefs, but also pointed out really good theories about procrastination, taking action, etc. Very motivational to help me focus on my career and personal life, definitely recommend to anyone who feels like they don't have enough time in the day, or doesn't think ...more
Stefanie
Feb 25, 2015 Stefanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Take the Stairs lacks the depth I enjoy about success and productivity literature. It takes more a motivational/go get em approach versus taking us through the daily challenges we really endure as humans. Self-discipline is spoken ABOUT a lot, but to me it missed the mark on touching upon what self-discipline really is. Mostly nutritionally unsatisfying - very easy to read with little depth. There are moments of wisdom I enjoyed, but overall the tone felt like it was read at a one loud, unchangi ...more
christianchicklit
May 10, 2016 christianchicklit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Basic Insights For Succeeding In the Business World

This book will be highly insightful for you if you are new to working. My 18 year old son read this and thought it was fabulous and took pages of notes. If you are a vetran in the working world, you will probably not come across any new ideas but the information serves as a good reminder to keep a good attitude, be self-disciplined, be persistent, and have good time management. The author has an impressive story to tell about his own rise in the
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