Book Review - Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

Book Review - Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden
Review by Kevin Golden

Recently I went about looking for some new motivational / success principles books, videos, and the like. I remembered a speaker from years ago that I had seen at a former employer named Rory Aplanalp. But there was one problem. I couldn't remember his last name. I went to YouTube to find this Rory something-or-other fella that I remembered from over a decade ago. I didn't find him. But I did "accidentally" find Rory Vaden, a young, sharp-dressed, well spoken, energetic professional speaker. Wow! Here's a guy that didn't look over 50 in the professional speaking business who is doing well and has a NYT best seller. He must be doing something right. Then I discovered his book, "Take the Stairs - 7 Steps to Achieving True Success". I browsed through his website and watched the promo video to see if he had anything different to say than other professional speakers / motivational authors. The answer was a resounding "YES" it is different. Just from the video and the summary of the book on his website, I could see already that his message of "how to become successful" had a different twist on it. And to be honest, I avoided reading the book for a few weeks. I didn't want to read about self-discipline. "I'm a successful entrepreneur, business owner, author, father and dad, and all-state trombone player. I know self-discipline. I don't want to read more about doing the hard things now so I can have what I want later". But no matter where you are on your journey of success and self-discipline, you can benefit from reading this book.

In his book, Take the Stairs, Rory Vaden uses the stairs and escalator metaphor to describe the increasing problem with our procrasti- nation, at least here in America, to take the shortcut and easy way out approach, and our "I want it now" attitude. He takes you through why people fail, the concept of self-discipline, taking action, and step by step strategies for living a life of self-discipline that is fun and rewarding. This book is eye opening and very thought-provoking. Rory is very transparent in this book as he uses stories from his own life, as well as case studies from other successful people, to bring these principles to life with real examples. I couldn't put it down and finished it in under 2 days. It's easy to read, but may be hard to swallow. If you are serious about changing your mind about hard work, willing to commit to your personal success, and can handle having your toes stepped on long enough to realize that you must change your habits and do the things successful people do so you can have what successful people have, then I challenge you to read this life-altering book. Although you may feel the sting of self-discovery and inadequacy initially, if you put these principles in his book into practice, I truly believe you will be rewarded with life's best; not just down the road, but also along the way. In his book, Rory Vaden challenges you with this question, Next time you come to a set of stairs and an escalator, are you going to do what everyone else is doing and use the escalator, or are you going to do what others won't do so you can have what others don't have and Take the Stairs?

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Word Power

The Power of Your Words

Words are the most powerful force in the
universe. They create and they destroy.
The give life and they bring death. God
used words to create everything we see
and He gave man the power of words to
create as well. There is an ancient proverb
that says, "Life and Death is in the power
of the tongue". The tongue can set your
world on fire, and it will determine the
direction of your life like the rudder of a
In the book "Think and Grow Rich" by
Napoleon Hill, there is a process that he
coined Auto-Suggestion. He defines it as,
"The dwelling upon an idea, thought, or
concept, thereby creating some change in
the mental functions and the process by
which a person creates self-acceptance of
an opinion, belief, or plan of action". Mix
that with the fact the repetitive
information builds a belief system, and
you see why it is vitally important that you
take careful thought and plan to what
words you speak on a continual basis. You
will have what you say, if you truly believe
it. Good or bad. Life or death. Riches or
poverty. Health or Sickness. Whole or
Broken Relationships. Success or Failure.
You will have what you say, if you truly
believe. Why is that the case?
There are two pieces to this mystery of
the power of your words.
  • The mental aspect
  • The spiritual aspect

The Mental Aspect
First, let's discuss the Mental Aspect of the Power of Your Words. When you continually repeat words, you are feeding the subconscious mind, thereby
reprogramming what is "acceptable" in
your life to your mind. Remember the
gateway principle - You can only manifest
into the physical reality what can fit
through the gateway of your subconscious
mind. If you haven't expanded your mind
to allow more abundance through, it will
not manifest into the realm of the
physical. Your spirit already believes. Your
spirit is already part of, and comes from
the realm of the spirit where abundance
resides. It is your subconscious mind that
betrays the desires of your spirit.
The conscious mind, the analytical part of
your mind that makes daily decisions,
must get into agreement with your spirit
through an act of your will, with the
assistance of learned success principles,
and with the help of God. When you put
this into action, you can make your
subconscious mind new again by the act of
repetitive words. Write down what it is
that you desire, then form an affirmation,
a faith confession. Then commit it to
memory. Then two times every day, once
in the morning when you wake up, and
once before going to bed at night, speak
to and over yourself that which you have
written down. This will, in time, expand
the size of your gateway, allowing for
more abundance to flow through. This
process is exponentially more powerful
when you back your affirmation with
success promises that have already been
spoken by the One who designed you. The
source of all abundance. These incredibly
powerful spoken words can be found in the
greatest success book ever written - The

The Spiritual Aspect

The second piece to the Power of YourWords is the Spiritual Aspect. The entire physical universe is made up of pure energy, which actually is pure vibration. Even down to the sub-atomic level, scientists have observed that everything is in constant motion, vibration. A noted scientist in the field of Quantum Physics and String Theory once said that many string theorist believe, based on the scientific evidence and mathematical computations, that once we solve the mathematical equations of the string theory, what we will discover is that the universe is a musical expression of God.

Simply put - Vibration....

This excerpt taken from the chapter on the Power of Your Words from the book - Designed for Success - 13 Principles for Life Changing Success

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