This past fall I joined the Objectivist Discussions Podcast hosted by Tyler Ashby to talk about Objectivism, my intellectual development, and how the ideas of Ayn Rand have influenced my career.
I’ve made it no secret that Ayn Rand is the single most important intellectual in my life and that my life could look radically different if it weren’t for her ideas. I’ve also spoken at length on a number of shows and at events how Ayn Rands political views are, though spot on, one of the least interesting things about her.
For me, she painted a picture of what was possible for the individual man that I desperately needed at that age of my life and which I still need today. As she says herself:
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
– Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual
You simply will not find writing like that anywhere else. Rand taught me the importance of ideas as they relate to man’s survival as a man, how and why to develop consistent values, and a methodology and grammar of thinking that has guided every action I’ve taken since.
You can listen to a segment of the video above where I discuss specifically Ayn Rand and my career or the entire interview here.