One thing that I’ve always admired about my dad is that no matter how sucky things get he is still able to crack a cheesy joke or keep it cool. The other day he told me that I would be great for a mission group because he felt that I’m not easily discouraged. Even though I’m currently discouraged by some circumstances it’s cool to see that I’ve been able to imitate a trait that I’ve always admired since I was a kid.
"The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. "Fear," he used to say, "fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe." That blew me away. "Turn on the TV," he’d say. "What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products." F**’ A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells."
"Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used."
World War Z