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Why Atlas Shrugged

In Mindset on May 9, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , , , , ,

Who is John Galt?

 This is the question driving the conflict in the book and now movie, “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand.  I took the opportunity to watch the movie this week and, having read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The movie takes place in a future US where business leaders and owners are disappearing inexplicably.  The US is surrounded by countries where the only purpose of the governments is to nationalize resources.  This is a place where rumor is king and where the leadership has abandoned responsibility for their actions and instead lobby against one another to seize and control others property and lives.

The hero is an entrepreneur who had discovered a new type of steel that is cheaper and stronger and longer lasting than regular steel.  The heroine is the second in command of a formerly great corporation where the first in command is a member of the lobbying elite, while his family’s company crumbles beneath him. 

The struggles of the hero and heroine come from both sides because while the leaders of government destroy free enterprise, an internal shift occurs among the talented leaders in the corporate world.  Externally, they’re disappearing without a trace.

In the movie, a mysterious person visits these people prior to their departure and informs them of another option than continuing to struggle on behalf of those who provide no value and bleed the system as much as they can.  After the mysterious man visits them, they leave their companies and jobs.

This movie is the first of at least two installments.  The book is lengthy and the second part includes a manifesto style speech by John Galt himself.  If you don’t want to wait for the second movie, I recommend reading the book.

For me the most important message is that potential value is worthless until it is developed and delivered.  So create and share the value you have potential for now. 

A mountain has a huge amount of potential energy.  But because it is inert, it makes no use of that potential and slowly, the elements wear away at the rock until it is flat ground, and there is no more potential.

So it’s time to get moving. Be who you are, and do what you must to transform your potential into action, service, and value.

Dave Orton, Thought Provoker @ fHp

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Dave Orton values thought and action, he’s a Father who is committed to sharing with his family, friends and others the principles and insights that will bring fiscally responsible change to people and government in the US and around the world.  Dave earns his bread as a technology manager and loves reading, learning, public speaking, and writing.          ~If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?

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Happiness Really IS a CHOICE

In Happiness on April 12, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , , , ,

When you think of the word happiness, what comes to mind?

When you think of finances and happiness, what comes to mind?

For many, it is typical to equate our happiness to the amount of things we have, or don’t have.  In fact, did you know that the United States ranks number 24 on the list of happiness!?  There are many poor countries that are much happier and rank much higher than the US.  It is so easy to get caught up in believing the more we have, the happier we will be.  Have you ever caught yourself saying “as soon as I get the blank , then I’ll be happy!”  Fill in the blank – job promotion, make more money, new car, new home, new clothes, etc.  And, have you noticed that once you have the new ‘whatever it is’, you are no more happy and instead end up searching for the next thing to make you happy?

Out of your 100% of happiness, this type of searching (also known as Conditions of Living) is only responsible for 7-8% of your overall happiness!

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Why I Want YOU To Be Wealthy

In Finances,Mindset on April 12, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Zimbabwe 100 Trillion

Hyper-inflation is not new

I personally desire to be wealthy.  By this I mean well-being internal, external and financial. Insomuch as we live life in a wealthy way, we enrich our families, our communities, our nation and the whole world. Insofar as we collectively choose non-wealthy living, we lessen our life experience and the positive influence on those around us. I desire to be wealthy, and I want that for you too.

These things are important because as individuals, families, and communities decide to live a financially responsible life, the nation and the whole human family move in a more positive direction.

Our country is in deep financial trouble, and we’re digging deeper still.
Since the Second World War, the US has maintained a deficit spending budget. The only years where the clock seemed to go backward were those of the Clinton years when balanced budgets were in vogue. As our government is a representative government, we are responsible for this because we collectively keep voting in people who have no spending controls in them. Lasting change happens from the inside out which, in this case, means changing our personal habits and supporting (or becoming) representative government figures who responsibly fulfill their stewardships. Each US citizen represents a current debt balance of $45,883 (source: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)

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A Man That Lost His Life’s Savings Inspired Me

In Mindset on April 11, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , ,

Matt Weinstein, a man that lost his life’s savings in Bernie’s Madaoff’s notorius scam inspired me today in his speech “What Bernie Madoff Couldn’t Steal From Me”

Well not the fact that he lost his life’s savings as much as his reaction to what happened.

I can certainly relate where financial events in my life were so impactful, it seriously affected me emotionally and mentally and I’m pretty sure they weren’t of the size and gravity of what occurred to Matt.  So, why did he have such a different reaction and why does it matter to you?

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Let’s Talk About Money

In Finances,Mindset on March 27, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , , , , ,

Everyone has at least a homespun philosophy about money so let’s talk about it.

Some think money is good, some think it’s bad. Some treat it as nothing, some treat it as everything. Some love it, some hate it. Some hoard it, some give it away. Some display it, some hide it. Some risk it, some safeguard it. The list is endless and fruitless.

I never met a person who didn’t want money, but I know several who pretend not to want it. Some admit they want it, some deny it. Some want lots of it, some just enough to get by. Some are at ease with it, some are uncomfortable. Some feel guilty because they have it, some because they don’t. It brings out the best in some, and the worst in others. The list is endless and fruitless.

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Welcome

In Welcome on March 27, 2011 by thefhpblog Tagged: , , , , ,

Raise your hand if you’re happy with your personal finances. Is your hand up?

Hello and welcome to the Financial Happiness Project(fHp) blog. Our purpose with this blog and program is simple, help you become financially happy about your personal finances. In fact, it’s our mission to help 500 adults through our paid program while at the same time gifting the program for free to 500 teens.  You see, we don’t just want to help you improve your financial position. We want to prepare teenagers for their financial future so they won’t need our program as adults.

With this blog, it’s our goal to provide a place for you to gain awareness, knowledge, understanding, and resources that will help you build a solid financial foundation. You can expect to read articles and blog posts that focus on several topics related to your personal finances. We’ll be talking quite a bit about happiness. What creates happiness, how to achieve it financially, professionally, and personally. As well as, how closely it’s connect to your mindset and personal life experiences. We’ll be talking about the U.S. economy and the world economy and how you play a role in it no matter who you are and what you do.  We’ll also be sharing practical financial advice and strategies you can apply to your every day finances.  There will be a lot to learn and absorb here, but you won’t just be hearing from me.

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