“Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best your money can find. And when men live by trade – with reason, not force, as their final arbiter – it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability – and the degree of a man’s productiveness is the degree of his reward. “
It’s crazy when I look back and realize that it has been almost a year since I read this book that has made such a remarkable impact on my life, and altogether altered my expectations from the books I have read over the years – ‘Atlas Shrugged’ for you!
Newton’s 3rd law (The easiest one to remember whilst back in school!) reads:
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction“.
Whilst this is one of the earliest theories in action we are taught as small kids, as we grow older, we hear the world preaching ‘work hard’, ‘love unconditionally’, ‘do X’, ‘do Y’ and ‘yes, please make it a point to do Z too’, but Don’t Expect Anything In Return!
Going back to the experience of learning from those 2-3 months that were spent reading and soaking in the epic that Ayn Rand penned; I find that there were 2 sections from the book in particular which held me in trance, and which made me lose sense of time, hunger and sleep whilst I was busy trying to understand what the pages conveyed, and then some more.
Having finally found some time to revisit my blog, I reproduce below the first of the 2 sections from ‘Atlas Shrugged’ that will hopefully resonate with your being too if you have read and tried to understand all that this book stands for.
May nothing stop you, and may the Force be with you… guiding and enriching you as you find your purpose… and as you keep learning… and growing.
All said and done: Work hard, Be crazy in Love, ‘Do’ all that you are born to do… but with an end goal in sight and a purpose.
For what you bring to the world’s table… You deserve all that the world has to offer, and then some more.
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(An answer that still eludes me: How did Ayn Rand know all that she did? And what experiences did she undergo to learn the same? )
Francisco’s Money Speech from ‘Atlas Shrugged’
Rearden heard Bertram Scudder, outside the group, say to a girl who made some sound of indignation, “Don’t let him disturb you. You know, money is the root of all evil – and he’s the typical product of money.”
Rearden did not think that Francisco could have heard it, but he saw Francisco turning to them with a gravely courteous smile.
“So you think that money is the root of all evil?” said Francisco d’Aconia.