Take the Stairs

7 Steps to Achieving True Success
by Rory Vaden | Perigee Books © 2012 · 224 pages

When you appraoch a set of stairs and an escalator what do you do? If you're like 95% of the world, you hop on the escalator but Rory Vaden tells us if we want true success in our lives we need to quit looking for shortcuts and Take the Stairs! In the Note we'll look at how to quit being a Should-head, embrace the Pain Paradox and get our Visioneering on.

Successful people have all had to do things they didn’t feel like doing in order to get where they are.
Rory Vaden

“The last time you came up to a set of stairs and an escalator, did you Take the Stairs? If you’re like 95% of the world, then you probably didn’t. Most people don’t; most of the time we look for shortcuts. We all want to be successful and we all want to have a happy life, but we constantly look for the easy way. We look for the ‘escalator’ in hopes that life will be easier. Unfortunately, in our search for making things easier, we are actually making them worse…

Take the Stairs is about self-discipline—the ability to take action regardless of your emotional state, financial state, or physical state. This book isn’t about doing things the hardest way possible, but it is about doing the hardest things as soon as possible so that you can get whatever you want in life—as soon as possible.

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could get yourself to follow through on your best intentions no matter what. ”

~ Rory Vaden from Take the Stairs

What do YOU do when you approach a set of stairs and an escalator?

I’m smiling as I type this because I just LOVE this metaphor.

I’ve been having fun taking the stairs *every.single.time* for years—not only as a way to get a little more movement into my life, but as a commitment to the principles Rory Vaden talks about in this book.

Society conditions us to look for the magic bullet or “Secret” that’ll magically manifest all the shiny things we want in our lives.

But, Rory tells us, that’s not how it works.

Successful people have developed their self-discipline to consistently do the things most people don’t feel like doing.

In short: They’ve mastered themselves. And, in this great little book, Rory walks us through his 7 strategies for achieving that mastery and the success the follows.

I really enjoyed the book. Get a copy here.

For now, let’s have fun working out our self-mastery muscles as we explore a handful of my favorite Big Ideas!

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Rory Vaden

Self-discipline strategist.