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The Philosophy You Live By

By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Success, Prosperity.

On a podcast last week, the host asked me about the books that have impacted me the most.  As usual, I mentioned Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.   That book influenced me so deeply, because it crystalized my revelation that in order to become happy, people must live by a congruent philosophy.

And that’s why so many people are unhappy, even miserable.  Because they haven’t done the introspection to discover their own philosophy; what really matters to them.

Until you do that, you usually just react mindlessly to outside stimuli: The latest stupid tweet from the president, a snub in the Oscar nominations, a 40 percent off sale at Sears, or who unfriended you on Facebook.  (If you ever see me get excited because, “It’s pumpkin spice time of year,” please kill me)

Even worse are the people who simply tell themselves they live by a congruent philosophy, but don’t.  It’s really not that important to define your philosophy in a catchy mission or vision statement.  Your philosophy is best expressed by your day-to-day actions; how you live.   And that’s what we’ll explore in the next post…


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6 thoughts on “The Philosophy You Live By

  1. David says:

    Very, very good posts lately, Randy. Keep it up! The sad truth though is, that 90% of people who read these things, just read to feel better and to agree on, then move on with the day. Only 10% puts things into action. I gotta admit, I was in the 90% before too, but lately I’ve moved to the 10% .

    1. Randy Gage says:

      Well thanks for commenting and even more for being in action!

  2. Katrina says:

    I sometimes feel like I have been stuffed with so many other peoples values and philosophies I wonder if I agree or if I’m just so used to agreeing that I agree. Sometimes I wonder if I want to do something because I truly want to do it or if I’m doing it because I feel obligated. Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

    1. Randy Gage says:

      Please keep along that line of inquiry.

  3. Victor DiPasquale says:

    Is that Marcus Aurelius in the photo?

  4. Bernice says:

    I think I am Anti-prospecting. I don’t think I will use all of the prospecting 101 guides that tell you what to say.

    Someone tried to prospect me today using several of the prospecting phrases and terminology. She was a financial coach hosting a presentation In her home tonight for people interested in coaching others. I asked what she was selling, but she would not tell me. I said no.

    I don’t think I will prospect this way. In the past, I did buy the prospecting guides and try to duplicate. It really wasn’t me.

    I am successful being me.

    I was successful being me

    Who Are You?
    I said I was successful being me. Actually this is a different me than I was before.

    I think we are told who we are and believe what we hear. This isn’t really us. We can change who we are.

    We can learn new skills. We can make new habits. We can change who we believe we are.

    I think we are already duplicating who we are. I actually changed the script and duplicated others who are successful.

    When it comes to prospecting I think I have to be the new me. Others may have some prospecting scripts that they use, but I will need to invite people in a way that is in alignment with what I believe.

    I think this will go against what others are doing and recommend.

    I am going to tell people that I sell. I am a merchant. I have a business. They can become a customer or begin a business also. I am not going to hide the company or the products.

    I also write.

    I enjoyed writing , selling, and learning.
    I was successful at writing, selling and learning.
    I was financially successful.


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