Self-reliance: reliance on one’s own efforts and abilities – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
In 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson published his famous essay, Self-Reliance.
Its basic premise is that each man has been placed here to fill a special slot that no one else can fill. It is his job to figure out what that is. Not even mentioning the vast tide of opposition he has to fight from peers, family, and society when he attempts to do so.
This fact makes it one of the most important pieces of writing ever made in history.
It’s one that you should familiarize yourself with and one that runs in line with a lot of the values I discuss on this site.
In this article, I’m going to break down key quotes from Emerson’s important text and help you apply the super-critical aspect of self-reliance to your own life.