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RobertCampbell

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How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne

http://www.amazon.com/How-Found-Freedom-Unfree-World/dp/0965603679/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1280681712&sr=1-1

First written in 1973, this book shows you how to attain freedom by living your life as you want to live it. 

You'll learn that you can have that freedom (and happiness) now, as opposed to waiting for the world or the people around you to change.

People are in chains of their own making, but we all have the power to break free and be live happy and prosperous life's.
  This book shows you how.  And it's not too hard actually - it's simply about making decisions to help make your life the way you want it to be.

Robert Campbell

PS:  While not referencing it, this book is tied to the message of the Serenity Prayer - which is one of the most powerful messages I try to live my life by.  You'll be amazed how quickly you can improve all aspects of your life - personally, financially, and spiritually - by reading this book and following this simple prayer.

Works for me - it's almost like magic.

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Along the same lines, Robert. From the Harvard Business Review:

HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE?

And when you get finished with that, how about some baseball?

CASEY OBAMA AT THE BAT

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Wow, thanks for the memory.

 I read this when it came out and had forgot all about it.  It created quite a good controversy among my friends about whether the ideas were something most people would be willing to follow. I'd be curious to re-read it. . Did you notice it's a collectible now? The hardback is  $225.
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Along the same lines, Robert. From the Harvard Business Review:

HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE?

Paul,
That is an outstanding essay.  Thanks for sharing.  At times, we all need to be reminded what it is all about!


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As soon as A observes something which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B, and A and B then propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X, or in the better case, what A, B, and C shall do for X.... What I want to do is to look up C. I want to show you what manner of man he is. I call him THE FORGOTTEN MAN. Perhaps the appellation is not strictly correct. He is the man who never is thought of....
He works, he votes, generally he prays - but he always pays....
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I read some of the reviews on Amazon.com and they were interesting enough so that I ordered Browne's book on Monday.  I'll be traveling for the next six weeks and don't want to lug a hardback around, so I ordered a paperback for $40 + shipping.  The cost of the hardback depends on condition, you should be able to get a perfectly decent one for around $100.  I used abebooks.com rather than amazon; have bought other older books through abebooks before with good results.

Thanks RC for sharing this recommendation. 


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Paul, thanks for the link.  I found the message about "family first" especially interesting.

I say that because America currently has the 3rd highest divorce rate (and coming up on 2nd) among the world's most developed countries.

On a more positive note, I tell kids in their 20's to follow their heart - and not the money - when it comes to deciding on a profession to pursue.  If you do what you love, you'll get good at it and work will be fun - and you might make a lot of money to boot.  What's not to like about that?  Life is a marathon - not a sprint.

SFL, I'm impressed you spent $40 for a used book because you thought the message may be valuable.  Books have always been my primary source of information - and I read good books over and over again to make sure my head is screwed on straight and I'm not like a sailboat traveling through life without my hand on the tiller.

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Off to the gym to lift the steel.  For those of you who don't lift weights and want to look younger, live longer and feel great, I assure you that you are really missing the boat.  And I won't accept "I'm too busy" or any other lame excuses - if you want to be strong, fit and live a high-quality life, it's all about making health a super-high priority in your life ... and then having the will power to make it happen.

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I'm impressed you spent $40 for a used book because you thought the message may be valuable.  Books have always been my primary source of information - and I read good books over and over again to make sure my head is screwed on straight and I'm not like a sailboat traveling through life without my hand on the tiller.

A couple of decades ago, I had a conversation on an airplane with a successful and experienced traveling salesman - one of those personable, interesting people who had been everywhere and met everyone and can have a great conversation with anyone.  He told me one thing that I always will remember: that in the home of every wealthy person he'd ever visited, there was an extensive library.  Books everywhere. 

I've found this to be true as well.  Successful people tend to be well-read.  I could point to a number of specific books from which I have obtained major insights that have been very valuable to me. 

$40 for a good book is nothing.  $40 would buy about 6 minutes of lawyer time.  Looking at it another way, the value of a person's time in reading a book would in most cases be much higher than the cost of the book - for which reason books have to be selected wisely.

I'm only part of the way through Browne's book now, and agree that it is a good read.  As with any other book, you find some things you can take away from it and others that may not make sense for you.  I find that I over the course of the decades already have internalized some of his key points, but perhaps I would have figured some of these things out earlier if I had read the book 30 years ago.  In any case, I'm enjoying reading it now. 
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I have Harry Browne's book ,How I found Freedom in an unfree world. I read it 40 years ago when it first came out.(I was a teenager back then). Harry Browne was one of the most intelligent men and truly independant  thinker. Highly intelligent and he could clean ANY politician's clock in any debate at any time on any subject without cue cards, teleprompter or what have you. I had the pleasure of meeting him briefly once. Unfortunately he died from the horrific illness ALS. I agree with a lot of what he says but I am not a libertarian.  I used to listen to his archived radio shows....very informative,dont know if his wife has kept those up in memory of him.  
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I believe in that book he did not believe in marriage and maybe even having children(it was a long time ago ok?) but he did eventually marry, maybe even more than once and he did have a daughter!
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No, at least in the book, Harry Browne advised against actually getting married - at least by getting a marriage certificate from the government.

Actions speak louder than words, and a couple in love doesn't need permission from the government - a legal certificate only complicates the lives of people, and it's therefore unnecessary and restricts a person's personal freedom.

And that's what the book is all about - maximizing your happiness and personal freedom.

High speed, low drag is one of my motto's - and that's why I love Harry Browne's book.

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