I had the pleasure of hearing Rory Vaden speak a few years ago. If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend it. He has a great story.
His book ‘Take the Stairs’ is a challenge to us all, as a nation, not just as business people. We have become lazy. On a constant look out for the next quick fix. In a sentence, we are very quick to take the escalator, when really, we should take the stairs. The stairs will get us there just about as quickly but has far better results.
Here are some of my favorite points.
Successful people have all had to do things they didn’t feel like doing in order to get where they are.
Learn to fall in love with the daily grind. I love this section. It really spoke to me. Its about how we live our lives continually chasing some mythical finish line. “Once I finish college, I’ll make the money I need.” “ Once the kids leave the house…..” “After I get that promotion…..” As Rory says, “Because in our never-ending search for the next destination, we miss out on one of life’s great truth, which is, just as the legendary philosopher Hannah Montana said, “It’s all about the climb.”
Possibly my favorite quote of all time, “Success is never owned, it is only rented, and the rent is due every day.” Basically, just because you finally became successful, whatever that looks like to you, doesn’t mean we get to sit back and have a beer. You have to work at it ever, single, day. The rent is due every day if you want to maintain that level of success or to get to the next level. Have the beer, but then get off your ass and get moving again.
He has seven guiding principals or strategies that implement the “take the stairs” philosophy.
1-Sacrifice: The Paradox Principle
2- Commitment: The Buy-in Principle
3-Focus: The Magnification Principle
4-Integrity: The Creation Principle
5-Schedule: The Harvest Principle
6-Faith: The Perspective Principle
7-Action: The Pendulum Principle
The book is an easy read, but filled with great information, and exclusive links to even more ideas, videos and exercises to help you implement what you learn.