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The Biggest Flaw of Ayn Rand

Hey Sebastian,

I came across your site a few days ago after a friend posted a link to your "What Skills Do You Need to be an Entrepreneur? Only Two" article. While I've read many different blogging sites about similar topics, there was something about your writing that has compelled me to stay on your site and read through dozens of your articles. In fact, of all the sites/blogs I have read, you are the first I have attempted to contact. You seem like a really interesting guy, and you have certainly inspired me.

Anyways, I read in one of your works that you aren't much a fan of small talk (nor am I), so I'll cut straight to my questions:

What are you thoughts on Ayn Rand? Have you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead? The reason I ask is because a lot of your writing seems to reflect some of the core points of her philosophy, at least on an individual perspective (as portrayed in The Fountainhead). I'm not sure how you feel about her philosophy for a society as a whole, as in Atlas Shrugged.

If you've never read her before, here is a good excerpt of her thoughts on money (to get an idea of what her books are like):http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/economics/money/1826-francisco-s-money-speech.html

Books for Mental Toughness, Resiliency, and Critical Thinking -- My Top Five Favorite

I was making my "all time favorite books" list, and I realized that all five lead to much more mental toughness, resiliency, critical thinking, and groundedness. Here you go, all incredibly worthy and potentially life-changing reads --

1. Principles by Ray Dalio [pdf]

It'll make you much smarter and more effective. Dalio built the largest hedge fund in the world and became a billionaire in the process. He outlines his methods of thinking, personal action, and teamwork/collaboration in Principles.

As a large bonus, it was originally started as an internal document only, so the amount of propaganda and trying to sell his way as best is very low. It's a masterpiece and a must-read.

2. The Tao Te Ching [discussion on translations and reading guidance; links within to 3 pdf versions]

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