I learned in chapter nine that I should enroll people for positive missions, and expect to give of myself in return. Our perception is like a nudge to a kaleidoscope in that it shifts instantly. All of the self-help information that is being provided in this book is easy to swallow. I found myself taking the books lessons to heart and applying them to my life.
Chapter ten was about naming yourself as a board and note a chess piece. Being the board releases the stresses that come with the measurement of who wins or loses the game. This chapter made me think of a high school student that makes me angry at times because he contributes nothing to class. I sometimes feel the student doesn’t belong in class. Now I’m seeing it in a new light. He belongs and has more to learn then the students that already get it. I should take this student on as a challenge to help him or accept that his behavior is the way things are. My favorite quote of this chapter is, “there is no great music-making without such risk taking.”
Chapter eleven reminds us to do things that are on-track and not off-track. This books definition of off-track means doing things that contribute to downward spiral behavior. I’ve listed my favorite quotes from this chapter below.
“I am here today to cross the swamp, not fight all the alligators.”
“Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”
“Leaders who become their vision often seem uncommonly brave to the rest of us.”
Chapter twelve is about focusing on WE as a team or group. Never label a human being as the enemy. The only enemy is revenge, fear, hate, and righteousne
ss. I like the idea that truth, no matter how harsh it is, is better then revenge bottled up and consequently released.