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Examples of Self-Reliance

  • Thinking independently: The ability to think autonomously goes hand in hand with trusting your own instinct.
  • Embracing your individuality.
  • Striving towards your own goals, bravely.

It’s important to remember that self-reliance is not about cutting yourself off from everybody.

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  • Accept yourself and be your own best friend.
  • Develop the ability to feel confident in yourself.
  • Practice making your own decisions.
  • Recognize and manage dependence.
  • Accept yourself for who you are.
  • Don't rely on 'things' to feel happy.
  • Decide who you want to be, and how you want to get there.

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Self-Reliance is the topic (and title) of an 1841 essay from US philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.

He argues strongly that self-reliance, self-trust, and individualism, amongst other things, are ways that we can avoid the conformity imposed upon us.

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  • Depending on others for help means there will be times when it’s not available.
  • You can solve problems and make decisions for yourself.
  • You feel happy by yourself, in yourself, and about yourself—without needing to rely on others.
  • You develop self-acceptance.
  • It encourages you to practice self-compassion and self-knowledge.
  • It gives you perspective and direction.

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It's "a reliance on internal resources to provide life with coherence (meaning) and fulfillment” (Baumeister, 1987: 171)."

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Pragmatic and Principled - Day 1

Wherever a person can live, there one can also live well;

  • Abraham Lincoln is the most renowned politician of his time. Even at a profession like that, he was able to be compassionate, humble, open-minded and purposeful.
  • Principles and pragmatism are not at odds. Whether you live in the white house or in a jail or in a closed-minded small town, you can live well if you choose to. Plenty of other have! It's your principles that govern your way of life.

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