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Today I wanted to write about a book on leadership I recently finished, Rascal by Chris Brady. I have read a few books on leadership and reading, highlighting, and note taking have always been part of the regimen that has helped with my understanding and development. Recently though I was listening to a recording by Mr. Brady himself actually where he mentioned that one of his reading habits upon finishing a book is to read the highlights backwards in the book to get a outline of the book from which to build the main point of the book.
I decided to test this out with Rascal and here is what I got!
“it is also a good idea to craft a personal statement that speaks directly to you…choose carefully the words we say and think to ourselves…encouraging books and people, and prayer…one’s eyes upon the dream…maintaining a proper perspective…It is the problems and challenges overcome by the Rascal that determine the magnitude and credibility of the success achieved…cherishes his freedom and fights to preserve it, not only for himself, but for others…politics is a battle among people to determine where a country will exist on the continuum between the two dominant viewpoints…ideas represented by the Rascal view lead to individuals having more choices…Rascals should launch themselves on their own program of financial education…those without financial ability are therefore at least somewhat limited in their scope and reach…one leader’s actions affects the larger picture in an outward ripple…The biggest weapon a Rascal has against the encroachment upon his freedoms in education and awareness…they don’t swallow ideas and ideologies blindly, they think for themselves and make up their own minds…It [The Constitution] was established primarily to limit and divide the powers of government from bracket-creep and control…Rascals everywhere have been willing to risk everything to gain it…Freedom is precious and rare, but freedome isn’t free, and it never has been…it is not only about one Rascal’s success…Rascals know that one person can and does make a difference…Without a big cause there is no big hero…realizes that even at the point of peak frustration he still retains the personal freesome of choosing…Champions, however, keep these moments to a minimum and always find a way to pull out of them…Rascals hate losing enough to change while those who Whimify hate changing enough to lose…Jackals can never be fatal to a Rascal’s purpose…Justification is the door through which character departs…It is always someone else’s fault…Losers must always provide and excuse for their lack of winning…It is usually gradual…Inaction is an especially dangerous condition for a Rascal…They dont live in The Zone. Instead, they live zoned out, and it’s a shame…It is when one’s actions are perfectly in line with one’s purpose…This excitement, in turn, leads to the overcoming of fears…Learning becomes extremely fun, because it is so relevant…most Rascals, being Rascals, are skeptical…The real issue is which type of success one will pursue…The point is one cannot produce darkness, but can only snuff the light…Each of these definitions relies on the readers’ foundational understanding of the concept of ‘light’…we realize that evil is nothing more than the absence of good…Success is the same way. It is a matter of choice…positive impact on the lives of other people…usually much slower than the decadent kind of success…becoming a force for good… Being decadent is easy. Evil is everywhere…Obstacles has no power over us that we don’t first give him…But nothing worthwhile ever comes easy…Discouragement is what happens when a Rascal loses belief…Obstacles has used to power of financial pain to throw many a would-be-Rascal off the path of success, destroy otherwise strong marriages, and split apart friendships…The weapon is always deployed along the same line: the desire to please the crowd, fit in, to be somebody…you can’t buy courage and decency, you can’t rent a strong moral sense…Failures of character are extremely hard to overcome…”The Bible will keep you from sin, or else sin will keep you from the Bible”…It takes merely seconds to destroy the character years were required to build…Comfort is a trap. Complacency is a disease that robs us of our best efforts…There is always a better personal best, a more excellent success to be attained…But everyone, including Weihenmayer, has mental disabilities. We are all limited by pride, ego, fear, lack of confidence, laziness, passivity, indifference, and the desire for comfort…We need someting to jolt us out of our false-comfort and reawaken us to our calling…Good is never good enough if better is available…complacency can set in at any level…learning on major on majors…”We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don’t have the guts to quit”…broken focus leads to broken dreams…Obstacles will attack by getting the Rascal to focus on something other than his goal…Failures of pride sneak up on us suddenly…Closely related to a lack of confidence in the arsenal of Obstacles is the case of an overblown ego…We must raise our own value by controlling the power of our thoughts to reinforce the positive aspects of our self-concept…visualize success regularly and clearly…we don’t feel worthy so we don’t try…Winners make decisions to do something quickly, to quit something slowly…almost nothing is as damaging to a team as doubt about the leadership…One of the most damaging areas of doubt is self-doubt…Doubt is an extremely toxic poison because it infects convictions…This kind of doubt aims at the heart, motive, and very spirit of the Rascal…pushing through one’s comfort zone builds a kind of momentum…hunger for success is a discipline that must be exercised…the best way to overcome fears is to take action…Cowarda are kow by those they have let down…the weight of regret is tons, while the weight of courage is ounces…whenever we give in to our fears we are playing the coward…courage is not action instead of fear but in spite of fear…Rascals are violently opposed at every step…”to know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice”…Nothing worthwhile can be done or accomplished without the cooperation of others…victory always follows struggle…The ability to persevere through challenges and obstacles is a matter of strength, will, and focus…In life, people can choose to either play hurt or adopt a loser’s limp… winners learn to play hurt…Delayed gratification is not so much about living in the future as it is about working toward a brighter future…What we settle for now is usually quite inferior to what we could have accomplished over the long haul…the burn to have something right now can lead to pragmatism, compromises, and damaging shortcuts…the greater the desired reward, the greater the delay required…a positive attitude doesn’t preclude seeing things realistically, confronting brutal reality, or any other number of assessments…Having a positive attitude also comes from preparedness, hard work, and dedication…the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances…Those who enjoy regularlly scheduled down-time, who deliberately repair their frazzled nerve-endings, will finish stronger…It is effectiveness which leads to significance…we need renewal and restoration even more so…There should be no shame in hard work…pursuit of mastery can produce fruit long before true mastery is accomplished…anyone can become great if he is willing to put in the time and effort…Practicing for the sake of practicing or simply to “put in the time” is not really practice, it is dishonesty…And there is a certain typr of effort that is required: passionate and perfect…success is more about mastery than it is about inborn ability…confidence derived from their competence…properly constructed habits are powerful…one has to get good at saying ‘no’ to a lot of good things in order to preserve space for the great things…when your focus is bigger than your obstacles that you can make progress…understand their priorities…busyness is no excuse for lack of performance…”He has honor if he hold himself to an ideal of conduct thought it is inconvinient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so”…their courage and individuality is so uncommon…they seem to respond to the calling of an inner voice: one that stands for principle and justice.” (Brady; 1-179)