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Stairway to Success: The Complete Blueprint for Personal and Professional Achievement

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Success is not a matter of good fortune or an accident of birth. It is a matter of decision, commitment, planning, preparation, execution, and recommitment. Nido Qubein's six-step program for personal and professional achievement will help you make the most of your potential. With Qubein's blueprint, you'll be able to identify your unique traits and talents, develop realistic goals, and create powerful action plans to make your dreams a reality.

"This is the best step-by-step, definitive work on authentic achievement in this decade. It's a life-building guide that is both timeless and timely." --Denis Waitley

"This is a very special book that will guide you into a future filled with pride, joy, and satisfaction. It's terrific!" --Og Mandino.

"In this book, Nido gives you valuable and empowering steps to find your path to happiness, success, and the fulfillment of your dreams." --Les Brown.

"My friend and colleague, Nido Qubein, has discovered that life really does work best when it's lived from the inside out, and now he tells us how to do it. You'll enjoy this book, again and again." --Norman Vincent Peale

Table of Contents

  1. Coverpage
  2. Titlepage
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. STEP ONE: DECISION
    1. Prelude to Step One: What Do You Want to Do?
    2. 1 WHAT ARE YOU GOOD AT?
      1. The Seven Intelligences
      2. You Don’t Need to Be Brilliant
    3. 2 WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING?
      1. Identifying Your Congenial Competencies
      2. Identifying Your Compatible Careers
      3. Identifying Your Congenial Roles
      4. Identifying Your Preferred Behavioral Mode
      5. Which Is Your Preferred Mode?
      6. Pinpointing Your Best Role
    4. 3 WHAT VALUES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
      1. The Importance of Values and Principles
      2. What’s Important to You?
      3. Conscious and Unconscious Choices
      4. Identifying and Applying Your Guiding Principles
    5. 4 THE ARTOF THE POSSIBLE
      1. Pick Your Battles
      2. Situational Triage
      3. Don’t Mistake the Difficult for the Impossible
  8. STEP TWO: COMMITMENT
    1. Prelude to Step Two: Make a Commitment
    2. 5 SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE PAST
      1. Welcome Change
      2. Preparing for Change
      3. Making Change the Norm
    3. 6 CREATE YOUR FUTURE
      1. The Visioning Process
      2. Bypass Your Circumstances
    4. 7 CROSS YOUR RUBICON
      1. Reengineer Your Life
      2. Transforming Yourself
      3. Make a Clean Break
  9. STEP THREE: PLANNING
    1. Prelude to Step Three: Getting from Here to There
    2. 8 SET GOALS
      1. One Step at a Time
      2. Plan Backward from the Vision
    3. 9 SET PRIORITIES
      1. Proactive versus Reactive Approaches
      2. Important versus Urgent
      3. Handling the Routine
    4. 10 DEVELOP STRATEGIES
      1. What Has to Happen?
      2. List Alternatives and Action Steps
  10. STEP FOUR: PREPARATION
    1. Prelude to Step Four: Ready, Set, Go!
    2. 11 GET READY PHYSICALLY
      1. Balance in Eating Habits
      2. Balance in Physical Exercise
      3. Balance in Work and Relaxation
      4. Balance in Sleep Habits
      5. Balance in Personal Habits
      6. Make Physical Fitness a Pleasure
    3. 12 GET READY MENTALLYAND EMOTIONALLY
      1. Recognize Your Own Self-Worth
      2. Destroy the Gloom Bug
      3. Acquire Proper Perspective
      4. Be Patient
      5. Acquire a Sense of Humor
      6. Learn to Deal with Conflict
      7. Expect to Succeed
      8. Put Yourself in Charge
    4. 13 GET READY SOCIALLY
      1. Acquire Social Balance
      2. Social Balance at Home
      3. Social Balance in the Community
      4. Social Balance in the Workplace
      5. Social Balance in leisure Activities
      6. Become a Knowledgeable Person
    5. 14 GET READY SPIRITUALLY
      1. The Greatest Man Was the Poorest
      2. Inspiration Enters through the Spiritual Side
      3. Suggestions for Achieving Spiritual Balance
      4. Look beyond the Artifacts
      5. Two Great Preachers
    6. 15 GETSET
      1. Cultivate Morale Sources
      2. Create Positive Stress
      3. Manage Negative Stress
      4. Nourish Your Morale Daily
  11. STEP FIVE: EXECUTION
    1. Prelude to Step Five: Nothing Happens Until You Act
    2. 16 ACTION!
      1. Get the Ball Rolling
    3. 17 LEARNINGAND APPLYING
      1. Productive Mistakes
      2. Have Measurable Goals
      3. Acquire a learning Mentality
      4. Seek Positive and Negative Feedback
      5. Develop a System for Decision Making
  12. STEP SIX: RECOMMITMENT
    1. Prelude to Step Six: After the End, the Beginning
    2. 18 GEAR YOUR LIFE TO THE CONCEPT OF CHANGE
      1. Prepare for New Worlds
      2. Broad Skills and People Skills
    3. 19 CREATE A NEW BEGINNING
      1. An Era of Exhilarating Opportunity
      2. Five Types of Terrain
  13. THE SIX STEPS IN SUMMARY
    1. 20 SEIZE THE DAY!
      1. Step One: Decision
      2. Step Two: Commitment
      3. Step Three: Planning
      4. Step Four: Preparation
      5. Step Five: Execution
      6. Step Six: Recommitment
  14. Notes
  15. Index