Sometimes I forget just how powerful you are.
I forget that your health, happiness, relationships, and work are all up to you. No one else.
Then, I read a book like Atlas Shruggedby Ayn Rand, and I remember.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to read the 1168-page monster to realize that you can do anything you put your mind to. (Even though I’ve heard it’s the second most read book in the world behind the Bible).
A Lesson from Atlas Shrugged
More people would rather tear you down then lift you up.
Your own self-doubt will pick away at you if given a chance.
The only person that you can control in the world is you.
That’s why it is important to understand that you can do anything you put your mind to.
I firmly believe that.
You are in the driver’s seat of your life. Only you can control the direction. You can get in the fast lane or you can take the scenic route. You can turn left here or bank right there.
Whichever route you choose, your life is your responsiblity.
Who is Atlas Shrugged for?
The biggest lesson I learned from the book is to remember that human beings are truly powerful.
But my life has been changed in several other ways.
You should see the movie if …
- you doubt your own abilities.
- you think that money is evil.
- you let others’ judgement or criticism of you get the best of you.
- you give more than you get.
- you’ve forgotten to ask “why.”
- you think that happiness is due to luck (vs. being a choice)
- you desire health and happiness although you break all of the health and happiness rules.
- you have trouble taking action.
Atlas Shrugged, Part 1 isn’t a movie that is getting much media attention.
Most people are perfectly satisfied living an unpurposeful, boring life.
If you are satisfied, all the power to you. I’d recommend not seeing the movie or reading the book.
For those people who desire something more … who believe that life holds more depth than it has shown … who want to move the world …
Atlas Shrugged changed my life.
It could change yours.
If you’ve read or seen Atlas Shrugged, how has it changed you?
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 Movie Review by close friend Dr. Alex Rinehart.
A resource about poverty from prosperity guru Randy Gage.
Thank you Billy Gregson for always giving me perspective.
Dr. Christopher Stepien is a chiropractor, chronic pain specialist, and A.R.T. provider, and clinic director of the Barefoot Rehabilitation Clinic in Morristown, NJ. He practices out of Crossfit Morristown.
Some of my favorite quotes …
Your code: I have never felt guilty of my ability. I have never felt guilty of my mind. I have never felt guilty of being a man. I accepted no unearned guilt, and thus was free to earn and to know my own value. Ever since I can remember, I had felt that I would kill the man who’d claim that I exist for the sake of his need- and I had known that this was the highest moral feeling. ~ J.G. p.745
On creating your life: All work is an act of creating and comes from the same source: from an inviolate capacity to see through one’s own eyes-which means: the capacity to perform a rational identification-which means: the capacity to see, to connect and to make what had not been seen, connected and made before. ~ Richard Halley p. 783
Getting what you’re worth: My mind is not on the market any longer. ~ Owen Kellogg p.680
Unhealthy words: It seems to me … It is, I think … It must, in my opinion … If we were to suppose … I am merly suggesting … I am not implying, but … If we consider both sides … It is, inmy opinion, indubitable … It seems to me to be an unmistakable fact … ~ A looter p. 509
About money: Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?
When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the ocnviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others.
Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
Money is made– before it can be looted or mooched- made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extend of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more than he produced.
Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit.
Did you say it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil? To lvoe a thing is to know and love its nature. To love money is to know and love the fact that moeny is the creation of the best power within you, and your passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money- and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it. The knew they are able to deserve it.
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. ~ Francisco d’Anconia pp. 410-412
You need “why” to understand the world: Dagny, “why” is a word nobody uses any longer. ~ Eddie Willers p.837
Happiness is a choice: No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy. ~ J.G. p. 798
Gravity is real: Nobody stays here by faking reality in any manner whatever. ~ J.G. 797
This just makes sense: What moral obligation do I owe to my fellow men? None – except obligation I owe to myself, to material objects and to all of existence: rationality. I deal with men as my nature and theirs demands: by means of reason. I seek or desire nothing from them except such relations as they care to enter of their own voluntary choice. It is only with their mind that I can deal and only for my own self-interest, when they see that my interest coincides with theirs. When they don’t, I enter no relationship; I let dissenters go their way and I do not swerve from mine. I win by means of nothing but logic and I surrender to nothing but logic. I do not surrender my reason or deal with mon who surrender theirs. I have nothing to gain from fools or cowards; I have no benefits to seek from human vices: from stupidity, dishonesty or fear. The only value men can offer me is the work of their mind. When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one us will win, but both will profit. ~ J.G. p.1023