Here are 13 Mind-Expanding Books that helped me survive the trials and tribulations of life and embark on a new beginning when everything around me collapsed.
The individualist lives by his highest values and would never purposely trade a higher value for a lower value. In addition, he integrates the hemispheres of his brain in a way that allows him to tap the powers of his mind. That means his reasoning and intuitive abilities blend together rather nicely. When it comes to his life purpose, he takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions.
The Integrated Individual takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He tunes himself to survive and thrive whether social and economic conditions are good or bad. He understands that his mind is his most powerful weapon in understanding reality and he meditates to gain spiritual understanding. Reaching a state of heightened awareness in his meditations allows him to experience certain aspects of the world that the unenlightened never see.
Let’s allow the him to reveal The Power 7.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.