Advice from the Masters: Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand is the author libertarians love to quote and liberals love to hate. You may or may not agree with her philosophy, but here’s a bit of advice you should take to heart.

“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.”

That lens can sharpen your ideas and arguments. Use writing as a way to learn what you think and sharpen what you want to say.

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Mary Jo Asmus   |   15 Aug 2012   |   Reply

Wally thanks for the advice via Ayn Rand. I love this quote because it is the key thing that keeps me writing. As an extravert, I didn’t think I could sit still long enough to write – but it was a goal and a self-challenge to do so. What I’ve found is that it does focus my thoughts (before I speak them; a hallmark of extroverts is that they tend to speak first and then think), and helps me to become a better coach for my clients.

I have a friend who leads a ballet company. She works out her “stuff” through her choreography and performance. Writers can work out their stuff through writing.

Wally   |   16 Aug 2012   |   Reply

Thanks for those comments, Mary Jo. I’m biased, of course, but I think that writing has the advantage of letting you work out both thoughts and “stuff.” I’ve found that it’s a wonderful basket to collect the pieces of my life, both polished and unpolished.