Bringing Out the Heroic in Yourself (MP3 download)
By Ellen Kenner
We've all faced that split second when we must decide whether to speak up and defend our values ... or let the moment pass. On a wider scope, there is also our long-range desire to fight for a healthier, more rational world. But if we let such moments or opportunities slip by, it takes a psychological toll on us. This course will cover common psychological barriers to action, offer motivational tips on picking your personal "battles" and avoiding errors, and suggest ways of practicing these new skills.
Ayn Rand said that "anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today." This course will help you to assertively and effectively defend your values with family members, classmates, coworkers, friends or in some public forum. We will also explore the personal benefits to you, for example, increased confidence, enhanced benevolent universe premises and a wider integration of your knowledge - both in content and method. Finally, this course will help you increase your self-respect and solidify a sense of earned pride.
This course was recorded at the Objectivist Summer Conference 2004 in Wintergreen, VA.
(MP3 download; 4 hrs., 19 min., with Q & A, 186.12 MB)