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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 ...

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Overview

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 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.

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Publishers Weekly
What really stands between us and success? Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Vaden claims it’s our lack of self-discipline. As a culture, we search for shortcuts—taking the escalator, as it were. This mindset is crushing our confidence and paralyzing the very actions it takes to truly become successful. Vaden wants to guide readers to do the hardest tasks as soon as possible so that they can efficiently achieve whatever they want in life. He sets up seven strategies for self-discipline: sacrifice, commitment, focus, integrity, schedule, faith, and action. Through case studies and action items, Vaden encourages readers to push through inaction and fear to embrace success. Despite an uncomfortably Landmark Forumesque tone—“You were born with an incredible power. You were born for a specific purpose. Inside you there is greatness that is indelibly yours”—Vaden offers a practical, encouraging, and inspiring message. (Feb.)
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According to motivational speaker Vaden, successful individuals have developed the ability to routinely get things done even when they don't feel like doing them. In other words, they take the stairs rather than waste time looking for the escalator. In this very readable book, Vaden outlines seven principles for overcoming procrastination, including understanding that short-term difficulties lead to long-term ease, that success is not owned but rented, and that the rent is due every day. Essentially, the book is about developing self-discipline, necessary for any measure of success. VERDICT Vaden writes with clarity and practicality, and his message will resonate with readers who need a shove to progress positively with their lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537233
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rory Vaden is an award-winning sales trainer, strategist, and motivational speaker who empowers professionals to conquer their fears and take immediate action to improve their careers and their lives. He is the cofounder of Southwestern Consulting, a multimillion-dollar international training company. Visit his website at roryvaden.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Waking Up in a ProcrastiNation 1

1 Sacrifice: The Paradox Principle 31

2 Commitment: The Buy-In Principle 49

3 Focus: The Magnification Principle 75

4 Integrity: The Creation Principle 99

5 Schedule: The Harvest Principle 121

6 Faith: The Perspective Principle 151

7 Action: The Pendulum Principle 171

Final Note: Time to Climb 191

Readers Guide 195

Acknowledgments 205

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    I'm so MOTIVATED!!!

    This book is great! I'm so motivated to become disciplined in everything I do. I truly feel like this book will aid in making me become the most effective and influential person that I can be. Get it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    Looking for the ¿easy¿ button? Here it is!

    Our society is caught up in looking for the fast and easy way out of, into, or around everything rather than putting in the hard work and effort necessary to do things right. Everyone is looking for the “easy” button for life. As I read the principles and techniques that Rory presents – and especially as I began to put the techniques into practice – I realized that this IS the easy button! We can keep doing the same old thing which will just prolong and magnify our problems (making our life even more difficult), or we can follow these steps and our life will get much easier and we will finally achieve the success and happiness we seek. In Rory’s own words, “… the short term difficult leads to the long term easy.” This book is definitely a must read!

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    Rory's straight talk can guide you to success in any area of your life. This is a must read!

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Must Read!

    This book is a classic and I am confident will help thousands reach their goals. I know it has helped me. In addition to providing step-by-step practical and usable techniques and strategies to help readers better manage their time and goals, the first-person stories were incredibly compelling and inspiring, and the core message propelled me into taking immediate action to improve the quality of my life.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    One of the best books I've ever read!

    As I read through Rory's book, I am constantly underlining everything I want to remember so the pages are all marked up. This is a great read for everyone who has ever yearned for success in life and wondered why it always seems just out of your grasp.

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