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What was Atlas' Motivation?

One of my 2012 commitments was focused reading each morning. I'm reading three works which I will complete on December 31, 2012 if not before, and I spend about 30 minutes each morning with these works.

One of them is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. It's a huge book, but I find it to be very compelling, and since I'm committed to finishing it by reading a little bit each day, it's totally doable.

Another is A Course in Miracles (for the 6th time). I thoroughly enjoy this study and realize that studying this course reminds me of the saying you can never step in the same river twice; it's not the same river and you're not the same you. Although the book stays the same on the outside, I am a different person each time I read it which makes it seem like the book is changing as well.

The other book I'm reading was a gift from my coach called The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. Each day's passage begins with a quote and ends with a meditation. Tuesday's quote still has me contemplating its meaning and application:

Atlas wasn't forced to hold up the world. He was convinced that if he didn't, the world would fall.

I'd love to get your take on that quote. What do you think it means for you? For others?

Discuss amongst yourselves.


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I love Atlas Shrugged! Such an inspiration. With out giving too much away, I think the 'Atlas' in Atlas shrugged chose to hold up the world because it made for a better world. This book has brilliant title. The main characters are amazing. Taggart, Reardon, D'Anconia, and ??

February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Bushee

I think his motivation was the good of all. I like this approach in my business life and always look for win win situations.

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

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