Radicals and Visionaries

by Thaddeus Wawro
This book was interesting to me because it gave short biographies of men and women
that were successful. With many, the odds against them and their ideas were not
accepted. They did not necessarily have the money or contacts, but they had a dream
and made it happen. I believe this book can be useful applying to starting a church and
team on the mission field. Don’t be afraid to try new things or to launch out believing
something may be a good idea or may work… you’ll never know if you don’t try.
– Pretend that every person you meet in life has a sign around them that says make me
feel important – this will not only help in business, but also in life.
– Sell your products at a reasonable price and your customers will always come back.
– Satisfied customers will always give you more customers.
– One of the true qualities of a good entrepreneur is the ability to see opportunities that
others do not see and take a risk.
– If you go around asking a lot of full of questions and writing them down, you will likely
– Spend less time talking about what you do well it more time on improving what you
don’t do as well.
– Give extra courtesy to people and treat your own people well.
– Treat the community right.
– Treat your shareholders right and they will treat you right.
– Aim to do something better than everyone else.
– You fail if you do not try.
– Success is often achieved by those who do not know failure.
– You don’t have to be a visionary, genius or even college graduate to be successful,
you just need to have a dream.
1 Radicals and Visionaries by Taddeus Wawro Book Summary by Jeffrey Bush
– If you can dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
– Good taste is good business.
– Most successful people do not accept the status quo.
– Give them quality, that is the best advertisement in all the world
– Learn to bounce back after failure.
– Commit to not giving up.
– Get your start by getting started.
– There is only one boss and that is the customer; you can fire everyone from the
chairman on down – Sam Walton.
– Use technology and keep up-to-date with things.
– A firm, unshakable belief in what they were doing is needed.
– A stubbornness to move forward even when people do not agree or do not
– You have to struggle in order to get what you are aiming for and many people quit at
time of struggles.
– Don’t measure your success in how much money you make but by how good your
product is.
– Treat your employees right:
• Share your profit with your employees.
• Show sensitivity to your employees needs.
• Let both managers and employees make decisions. Give your employees benefits
they can’t get anywhere else.
• Win the respect and trust from your employees.
– When you see a barrier, you can cry, but get a ladder and climb over it.
– Do not let money, problems, popularity, status quo, or anything else stop you from
your dream.
– You have to believe in success and you have to go after it. It is work, it is a positive
outlook, it is courage and it is a dream. The secret of success lies within.
2 Radicals and Visionaries by Taddeus Wawro Book Summary by Jeffrey Bush
– Give samples of your product and let people have a taste of it.
– The art of salesmanship is letting the customer have it their way.
– Everyone has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you find out what it is.
– Always keep your eye on the operation.
– It is choice, not chance that will determine your testimony.
– If you snooze, you lose. If you have an opportunity, take a chance and put your best
foot forward.
– A product should be needed by many people and should solve a problem.
– No one can be a success unless they love their work.
– Aspire to do something that will make a difference.
– Provide an atmosphere that is good and comfortable for both your employees and
3 Radicals and Visionaries by Taddeus Wawro

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