15 – 31 Insight is a faculty of the mind whereby we are in able to examine facts and conditions at long range, a kind of human telescope, it enables us to understand the difficulties, as well as the possibilities, in an undertaking.
15 – 32 Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any opportunity of causing difficulty.
15 – 33 Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return.
15 – 34 Insight is therefore absolutely essential for the development of any great achievement, but with it we may enter, Explorer and possess any mental field.
15-35 Insight is a product of the world within and is developed in silence, by concentration.
To me, these passages are some of the most important ones that I’ve read in the entire study thus far. That our actions as Haanel says are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit. That knowledge does not apply itself.
Custom, precedent and habit. I am practicing habit and custom daily by the various homework assignments that we are asked to perform. Precedent, however, is to me the most important of the three because in precedent I am actually on the court, playing full out in my life and taking what I’ve learned to create what I want for myself and my life. I then learn and then recreate what I want for myself.
Precedent defined is an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances. To me, insight is the foundation that is built upon precedent from which knowledge is then truly acquired.
This continual process allows me to be able to keep expanding myself and pushing myself to the limit or as Og says, “Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.”