Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 315 – Take The Stairs

“Success means doing the things you don’t want to do.”

— Rory Vaden

There are times you meet successful people. Very successful people. People who take the stairs.

Rory Vaden is one of those people. Barely 30 years old, but graduating Magma cum-laude from the University of Denver with an MBA, founder of a multi-million dollar sales consulting company, and two-time finalist on the biggest Toastmasters stage (The International World Championship of Public Speaking), Rory’s message is that success takes hard work and self-discipline. It means taking the stairs when everyone else takes the escalator.

Tonight I had the privilege to introduce Rory in my role as the evening’s MC for the District 7, Leadership ’11 Friday night event. Living up to his billing, he gave us an hour of speech coaching, filled with anecdotes and humor, details and techniques. He gave us specifics and he gave us ways to remember people’s names.

From this video, (around the 3:17 mark) I especially liked his comment,

“I’m on a mission. I’m on a crusade. I want to show kids that a disciplined life style has so much more to offer them. I want to show them that success is about sacrifice. … I got into public speaking because I saw a need. I saw (there was) a need to have someone that was young, that was popular, that had all the things that kids wanted to be, but somebody that didn’t resemble what they saw on t.v.”

Being successful requires a great deal of sacrifice. Whether it’s success in public speaking, business, or even giving everyday, there are sacrifices one has to make. It doesn’t come easy.

“Success is rented,” he says. “And the rent has to be paid, everyday.”

Rory takes the stairs.

I was happy to give my time to be the MC tonight for the Toastmasters conference event. I always meet so many interesting people, people looking to do better. People who are taking the stairs.

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2 Responses to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 315 – Take The Stairs

  1. Natalie says:

    Rory sounds very good — do you know Jeff Noel who has the same message, except he targets baby boomer audience? I have six kids and none of them want to hear about hard work and sacrifice and taking the stairs, but as they get older, they are seeing the wisdom in that.

    • Eric Winger says:

      Yes, he was! I was fortunate to see him present two more times today. He was just as good, if not better.

      I google’d Jeff Noel, but there were many of him. Perhaps you have a link?

      In the meantime, I took the stairs all day today at our conference. 😉

      Thanks for the comment Natalie!

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