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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

November 14, 2011

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This Ayn Rand quote is so concise and meaningful to me. I’ve always been a big believer of the “don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness” way of living. I was raised to question things, so my mild problem with authority and questioning ‘why?’ apparently started pretty young. But after reading Atlas Shrugged, this quote has really stuck with me. The book itself, has a lot of issues in my opinion. And I don’t align myself with the complete libertarian thinking in it. But I appreciate the quote!

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

Many of my best experiences have been from just jumping in and not waiting for permission. (Also one of the many things I love about working for a small company as I’m told amusing stories of bureaucracy and attending meetings about meetings from my friends at large companies). There are so many possibilities in life. So many paths a person can take, and so many paths that a person can start and decide to try something else…

No one ‘let’ me quit my job to travel for a year, but no one stopped me either.

I also love Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals (and the following formatting done by Francesca). Well this post has been a hodge-podge of thoughts and ideas and quotes, but I ‘do what I want’. ;) Enjoy.

Is there something you’re waiting on for someone else to let you do?

  • Anthony StClair
    November 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Bloody awesome, thank you for sharing that quote. I love too how it shifts mindset: what you do in life isn’t up to someone else, it’s up to you.