I did enjoy The Fountainhead more but that isn't even the point: I don't write at all like Ayn. But her work influenced my life's decisions, which directly influenced my writings--but not like you might expect.
I didn't grow up with money but I did have World Books
A through WXYZ. My favorite sections were the Presidents (at publication the POTUS was Kennedy or LBJ) and Money. Oh how I loved the pictures and descriptions of Chinese money trees and $10,000 bills with Salmon P. Chase on the face.
I wanted to chase those Chases and Woodrow Wilsons. In my early 20s I found Rand's gospel coincident with launching entrepreneurial efforts and read black and white confirmation of my beliefs, that makers are heroic.
I still believe that.
Just as I believe Atlas Shrugged's mantra "A is A" but again for reasons less than obvious. Somewhere along the way I realized that there are some things in this world that can be changed, and some things that simply can't.
But it is a worry. Because those things that can't be changed (especially when mistaken for those that can, most especially when mistaken by One for things One can change about One's partner) lead to disappointment resentment contempt disillusion dissolution. You can't just belt a little Serengeti singalong and paper over irreconcilable differences.
Because A = A. Know the difference in what you can and can't change. Unchangeable: The law of identity. Because if A is A then You are You. It precedes even "I think therefore I am", for I am therefore I exist. Even Descartes admitted such.