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How Altruism Lifts Your Spiritual Profit Center

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Do good for others and it will also be good for you.

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In my coaching practice, I always coach that "The purpose of your life is to find and do the purpose of your life." And if you want to find and do your purpose, then you must make it a fiery "must" -- not merely a lukewarm "should."

Author Ayn Rand described the timeless power of making your purpose a "must" everlastingly well when she said: "Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice."

Another of Ayn's famed theories asserts how the individual should never feel guilty about having it all -- if the individual can snag it all -- an eternal truth for sure!

Unfortunately, far too many people self-sabotage -- cursing themselves with a tendency to feel guilty if they start to amass too much success and joy -- creating negative monetary beliefs which then create negative monetary habits which then create negative monetary results.

Indeed, a timeless message for all monetary self-sabotagers: If you want to make gobs of cash, you must first get in harmony with making gobs of cash. Once you're in harmony with wealth, you will see money opportunities everywhere you look.

Ayn offers many timeless thoughts on this subject of breaking free from the shackles of limited thinking about wealth. "Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil," said Ayn. "That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter."

With all this said, I do find that although Ayn is a great encourager of folks going for the big cash prizes, sometimes she takes her espousing of materialism a bit too far.

For example, "If any civilization is to survive," said Ayn, "it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject."

Ayn writes a lot about the negatives of altruism versus the benefits of materialism in her famed book of essays The Virtue Of Selfishness -- a book I found both fascinating and downright offensive.

Personally, I am a big supporter of taking time to give back to our world through charity and service. And infinite research studies prove the benefits of doing altruistic acts -- not only for the world at large -- but for the altruistic individual's personal happiness.
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© Karen Salmansohn

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