The 2nd of February is the birthday of Ayn Rand. She is the author of the 1957 classic novel, "Atlas Shrugged," and a champion of capitalism. When she was young, she survived the Russian Revolution and was fiercely anti-communist in her outlook.
After she fled to the United States of America, the land of the free, she changed her name to Ayn Rand, and she went on to write a series of successful novels. She would later say about the US “The United States of America is the greatest, the noblest, and in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.”
It was in her second book, “Atlas Shrugged,” where she fully defined what would become the four tenets of her philosophy which she named objectivism. They were reality, reason, self-interest, and capitalism.
Obviously, capitalism is something that Americans hold dear to their hearts, and she believed that the businessman and the inventor had released mankind from the terrible shackles of the past. She also knew that we as humans were better off because of people discovering new medicines and technology.
In 2019 that is truer than ever. Americans are living longer than ever before and advances in medicine and healthcare, as well as medical research, mean we will be living far longer than any population on the planet in human history. We can video call someone for free via an app on our phones from pretty much anywhere in the world to anyone, anywhere.
There is no excuse to not go out and make something of yourself in this day and age. There are more opportunities to create and build upon than ever before and more and more potential customers for you to access via new media channels and technology advances.
“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” Ayn Rand
Make sure you know what you want in life. Figure out what is important to you. It may be that you want a big house and a nice car. You may want to be able to take care of your family and make sure they have the best life possible. It might be a goal to retire early and enjoy traveling with your partner. No matter what it is that you really want, figure out a way to get there.
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