LT / To be Dagny

12:00:00 AM

After finishing The Fountainhead, I immediately picked up another Ayn Rand novel - the author's magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. It took me longer to finish reading this book - partly because I got really busy with work, and partly because it was not an easy read. This is the book that truly made Rand one of the most important thinkers of modern times.

This is mandatory reading for any critical thinker.To be perfectly honest, I have not fully digested/processed her big idea just yet, so I won't try discuss her philosophy or vision of existence. To do that (and give it justice), I have to read the novel at least two more times, along with the various essays she wrote about it. Maybe in another post, I can go into detail.

For now, I will focus on Dagny Taggart, the protagonist. How she rallied to save her family's railroad company, Taggart Transcontinental, made her the ultimate role model as I try to build my practice and/or my company. I'm not running a railroad or anything as big (yet), but I identify with how she operates: she is headstrong and results-oriented. She knows what she wants, how she wants it, and she isn't afraid to go after it.
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The one quality she has that I wish would rub off on me somehow (even if she's really just a fictional character) is her strength. I know I'm strong, but I wish I could be Dagny Taggart-strong.  It seems as though she doesn't get tired, and although I am fully aware that she is a work of fiction, it still amazes me (I guess this is a testament to how beautifully-written the novel is: I am able to suspend my disbelief).

She doesn't give a rat's ass about what other people think; she is truly a master of not giving a f*ck. She doesn't waste time with arguments and politicking - she just keeps moving forward to get the job done. She's not the type to beat around the bush, which makes her quite unpopular, but again, she doesn't care about that.

Underneath it all, she isn't afraid to be the woman that she is. She's not trying to be a man as she makes her way in a man's world - she is true to who she is. The woman is a badass and I want to be her.

Marketing guru Dan Kennedy actually included Atlas Shrugged in his recommended reading list for entrepreneurs - a list populated mostly with self-help and business titles. Men and women alike could learn a thing or two from her.


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