I've been a fan of Ayn Rand for many years after receiving a copy of Atlas Shrugged from my old boss Bob. He was the owner of the local 7-11 where I worked the Saturday overnight shift and soon discovered that he was quite the entrepreneur. He knew that I was working two jobs and going to school full-time to help my family make ends meet. I guess I made an impression on him because I actually cared about my menial job and always made sure that a fresh pot of coffee was on and that the store was clean and orderly.
When I graduated and gave notice that I was leaving to move to New Mexico and start my first engineering job, he gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged. I remember what he wrote on the inside cover, "Tom, this book had a big impact on my life, I hope it does yours."
I spent the next two months devouring that book and not fully grasping everything right away. I do now.
Thank you Bob.