The Integrated Individual Discovers Definite Purpose

Morning time sets the course for the rest of the day. Do you feel a burst of energy when you wake up? Maybe, maybe not. I admit that some mornings I wobble out of bed wondering if the Sandman stole my energy as I drifted off to sleep. You may wonder how I retrieve it. Fortunately, I possess something that pumps up my energy almost every single day…a definite purpose in life.

Here’s what Napoleon Hill says about definite purpose.

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Discover How to Overcome Hopelessness

When you look at our social and economic woes, you wonder if you can find any hope for the future. Sure, it appears that the economy could be recovering, but you realize what you see may be an illusion. After all, government spending is out of control and it seems as if we’ve suffered a moral decline. On top of that, you may be suffering from personal difficulties.

During moments of weakness, you feel that life slams you with hopelessness. After all, how else could you possibly feel? If your personal life continually deals you pain and sorrow, you cry in despair “Oh God, why must I suffer? Why does life treat me so cruelly? I don’t think I can’t take it anymore.”

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Dealing with the Difficult Person – 3 Effective Strategies

One of the challenges of everyday life remains dealing with a difficult person. For the sake of clarity, we must distinguish him from the impossible person, the emotional terrorist. In a recent video, I came to the conclusion that there’s no way you can deal with this type of person because it’s a no-win situation. The impossible person thrives on opposition and handles all the issues in his life in an adversarial way. He or she never achieves success in relationships.

My main goal in writing about the impossible person was to discourage you from dealing with him or her. I know I may have disappointed some of you when I revealed that there aren’t any effective strategies in interacting with this type of person except to get away as fast as possible. Fortunately, it’s different with a person who is just difficult.

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Revealing the Reality of Selfishness

Ayn Rand often received the question “Why do you use the word selfishness to denote virtuous qualities of character, when that word antagonizes so many people to whom it does not mean the things you mean?”

She said “For the reason that makes you afraid of it.” I always liked that answer, but unfortunately it doesn’t do anything about the confusion that pervades selfishness, especially with men and women who have a negative view of it or who have never read her books.

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Zen and the Integrated Individual

For many years, I hopelessly languished in a world of anger and frustration. The insane world, to put it bluntly, pissed me off. Despite my belief in rational thought and loving ways, I allowed the insanity and irrationality of the world to cause me to indulge in some irrational selfishness. For instance, I remember losing my temper and viciously punching the living room wall which resulted in my fist going all the way through to the bedroom. My reward was feeling ashamed of myself and the cost of fixing the wall.  Fortunately, I moved forward on my quest to become an Integrated Individual, discovering the Zen state of mind along the way.

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The Integrated Individual– Evolution of a Reluctant Objectivist

Seasons come and seasons go, often at an accelerated pace. Does it seem that each day of your life disappears at a rapid pace? The somewhat disheartening realization that your life relentlessly moves towards eternity makes it more difficult to anticipate change. Much of the new circumstances you face, cause you to wish for the “good ole’ days” which amounts to living in the past. I’ve concluded there’s only one way to handle life. You must evolve into an Integrated Individual.

Following is the first article on how I attempt to evolve from a Reluctant Objectivist into an Integrated Individual. You should know that the process is never complete because each day offers you something valuable in your quest to improve mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

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Journey of the Reluctant Objectivist

One late afternoon in June, I arrived home from work, my last day on the job. The company had just fired me. The boss told me they needed team players and couldn’t tolerate the anti-social stuff I spouted off too often. He said “Get your belongings together, visit human services for your final check and get out. It wasn’t the first time somebody fired me. From past experience, I should have considered the ending the start of a new journey.

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Consequences of Walking the Path of Mysticism

Here’s the reason I decided to explore the path of mysticism and suffered the consequences.

My new sales and marketing campaign is exactly where I want it. I think I will reward myself with a long walk in the woods and just observe and enjoy nature. The fresh air will do me good. First, I better step outside and check the weather. My thermometer says 66 degrees. It’s sunny with a few puffy clouds drifting by. The mild breeze feels good as it caresses my hair and face. Yeah, I think I’ll do it now.

Well, I’m on my way to Eden Park. It has about 15 miles of trails and many options for changing your path. I should arrive in about 10 minutes.

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Love of Rational Selfishness and Capitalism

Western Civilization teeters on the verge of collapse. The social and economic policies of the political and financial establishment sinks as a bloated mixture of quack Keynesian economics and spurious socialist dogma. You may believe the stock market indicates otherwise; however, any free market economist can expose the so-called recovery as a fraud. In addition, most people show no love for rational selfishness and laissez faire capitalism.

You may be wondering how it’s possible for us to feel any love towards fellow human beings…when so many seem to be caught up in a whirlwind of evil doings, while others apathetically put up with it. Ayn Rand statedEvil requires the sanction of the victim.”

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Action, Objectivism, Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

In the article Christian Objectivism: Possibility or Contradiction we explored whether Christianity is compatible with Objectivism…or not. Now it’s time to find out if the Four Noble Truths of Buddhist philosophy tie in with the philosophy of reason and action.

Do you ever think about your trials and tribulations and wonder if life is worth the daily effort you must put forth? You’ve probably noticed that as soon as one desire is satisfied a new one pops up and demands satisfaction. You feel as if you are on an endless treadmill of attempting to satisfy wants and desires.

Are you familiar with the “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhist philosophy? They are:

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