There is a lot of excitement surrounding the 1958 book “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. It is truly a classic and it is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity. While the depth of the story can weigh you down while reading it, Atlas Shrugged is sure to evoke some kind of emotion within you, and that is the mark of a classic. Whether the emotion is anger, sadness or happiness will depend entirely upon your outlook on life and government, and I have heard every one of these reactions from the people that I talk to about this book. What is really stimulating the discussion is that the movie of “Atlas Shrugged: Part I” was just released last week to a limited theater run, so it is now current in the minds of the general public.
Atlas Shrugged Evokes Emotions
What is it about Atlas Shrugged that evokes such a gamut of emotions? There are people who believe in both sides of the premise behind the story: should we, as creative and capable workers in our society, be rewarded with the greatest of profits from our endeavors, or should we be sharing the fruits of our efforts with those less capable of our level of productivity who are finding themselves in financial “need”? What does it mean to support the less fortunate, and what does it take? These are very weighty subjects and could not be more prevalent in our society than they are today with what is happening in our world and the reactions from our government.
Atlas Shrugged and the network marketing is an opportunity for everyone, young or old, professional or amateur, handicapped, home-bound, rich or poor. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are. It is a business of sharing with others, and those who share the most will achieve the most. Anyone who can communicate with other people can share their opportunity and reap a reward for their efforts. A double reward happens when the opportunity is something that will bring greater health and wealth to those who opt-in. There is a wonderful sense of ‘right-doing’ involved in this business that doesn’t come from most other businesses.
There are many people in our country (and the world) who believe that they are entitled to some kind of recognition in the form of money or services for which they have done nothing to earn, who are not in a situation in which they can trade for it, but who still feel that they deserve it, based on their needs. This fosters an environment of greed and ‘take’. This could not be seen more clearly than through the bills that are being pushed out of Washington in so many decisions made by our legislators. It is actually quite easy for any of us to step in line when the handout is attractive and available and will address a need that we may have. However, earned compensation is the most rewarding of treasures. Along with this comes increased self-esteem and self-worth. There is no price that can be put on these rewards.
To start any business it takes capital, skills, time and effort. A network marketing business requires a tiny amount of capital, compared with starting most other businesses, skills that can be easily learned, and the time and effort that can be put in from home around other time-consuming activities (like a job or raising a family). The rewards can be far greater through this kind of business, both financially and spiritually, than through any other business where the compensation is limited despite the amount of time and effort put into it. Also, there is so much to be said about being one’s own boss whose only limit for reward is his or her own belief system.
The biggest question raised by “Atlas Shrugged” is whether we are going to fall into the complacency of working endless hours to barely get by, and to watch our hard-earned dollars being sucked out of our personal economy to “help others who may be in need and aren’t as fortunate” by a bloated and misguided government – to fall off of the Earth when Atlas shrugs – or, do we find a way to build our personal wealth and health that can work within all political and economic systems and effectively bypass this cyclical game?
What are you doing about it? I’d love to hear your perspective! Please comment below.
From the office of Drew Berman, contributed by Seth Lefferts. Seth Lefferts is an entrepreneur, consultant and business owner. He has spent many years in the corporate environment and has discovered that there is a way out. He is now teaching how to utilize the skillset that it takes to break free and become your own boss, and how to realize your dreams. Learn more at www.DareToDreamNow.Us.
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