John Vespasian

I am so excited to have John Vespasian on the Mobius Podcast today! John is discussing the idea of rational living. The idea behind rational living is that one can come to a place where they are able to look at situations in their life through the lens of logic and reason instead of responding with panic and inefficiency. He encourages us that by applying rational thought to situations of crisis we will be able to be happier and more successful.

John proposes that our lives are based either on reality or on fiction. Many of our behaviors are based on media and fictional sources that appeal strongly to our emotions but are not actually true. He encourages us to look at the past and to history to see how successful people developed their talents. He suggests that we can work through our lives by trial and error, but by taking lessons from the past and applying them to our present and future, we will be able to skip out on many of life's unhappy moments as most quick fix solutions are simply illusions.

John leaves us with the idea that even if you are convinced of the truth, you are going to have to face people who don’t listen or understand. By respecting their ability to hold their own opinion you will find freedom. He challenges us to avoid conflict, violence, aggression and try to develop yourself instead of fighting with others.

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John Vespasian is the author of eight books about rational living, including "When Everything Fails, Try This" (2009), "Rationality Is the Way to Happiness" (2009), "The Philosophy of Builders: How to Build a Great Future with the Pieces from Your Past" (2010), "The 10 Principles of Rational Living" (2012), "Rational Living, Rational Working: How to Make Winning Moves When Things Are Falling Apart" (2013), "Consistency: The Key to Permanent Stress Relief" (2014), "On Becoming Unbreakable: How Normal People Become Extraordinarily Self-Confident" (2015), and "Thriving in difficult times: Twelve lessons from Ancient Greece to improve your life today" (2016).

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