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I was going to write about Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged." But, I decided instead to choose "Scruples" by Judith Krantz, as my most inspirational. As you can see my reading material is far-reaching and diverse.

Reading anything by Ayn Rand makes you realize what it is truly like to be a writer. Such epic endeavors and she succeeds brilliantly. "Atlas Shrugged" left an impression on me. But, what truly inspired me, as a person, was reading "Scruples" when I was about 18 years old. I acknowledge this is an unlikely inspirational novel. But, this book made me realize that anything is possible. Somehow, I read between the lines. I was able to grasp that if you want something, then you need to make it happen. After reading this book, I recall telling my mother, that I didn't want to read about people's adventures. I wanted to live them. And so I did.

Throughout my young adulthood, I continued to read a variety of books. Devouring many, many books about Buddhism. Reading all Deepak Chopra Books; the best is "Return of the Reishi." Love the Dalai Lama. I've read hundreds of books about the Law of Attraction - yes, it works. "The Secret" is captivating in its simplicity and brought LOA to the forefront. But, this book is not original. Charles Haanel wrote "The Master Key System" in 1917. Florence Scovel Shinn penned, "The Game of Life and How to Play It" in 1925, and "The Word is Your Wand" in 1928. And, there were great metaphysical writers before this.

Albert Einstein profoundly stated, "The more I learn about physics, the more I am drawn to metaphysics."

I have read most of the classics and love autobiographies. But, learning about the Law of Attraction can change your life. There are tools and tricks that can be developed in your mind - that can make things happen. Remember, you must know exactly want you want. Be precise. And, dont forget - be careful what you wish for because it may come true.

A quote by the great Buddha -
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."


Lora, Scruples just went to the top of my to read list. Ayn Rand's Fountainhead had a huge impact on me. The characters, the flawlessly chic setting, the flaming passion, all were mouthwatering. This book cemented my love for design and gave me a picture into the birth of collectivism. It was the only book I read twice. So you can say I am a big Ayn Rand fan and most certainly agree that she gives you a whole different perspective as to what it's like to be a writer. I definitely like your taste in books.

- Says Neda Nickzad at Jul 5, 2016 4:01 AM

Lora, great post. I find it inspiring to read about your inspiration. I have not read Scruples, but I will (should I?). I did read a few books about Buddhism some years ago. And I think I'll put some of the others on my reading list. SM

- Says Professor Sherry R Mason at Jul 7, 2016 7:25 PM

Dear Professor Mason and Neda, Thank you for your comments on my blog. Scruples is a risque novel. I was young and innocent when I read it, so it left a lasting impression. It is entertaining, but may not be life-changing for anyone else. It is also a little dated now. Originally, published in 1978. I guess it could almost be considered a classic! I actually tried to re-read it last year. But, it wasn't the same page-turner as when I was 18. Kindest regards, Lora

- Says Lora Drasner at Jul 8, 2016 11:53 AM



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