I am psyched that you guys are loving this series on “Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. And thank you for continuing to leave your comments so we can all engage. Today’s quote is, “A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition as if everything were titular and ephemeral but he.” Titular means nominal – – unimportant. Ephemeral means fleeting. Everything is unimportant and fleeting except YOU! Today, get ready to play big! Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
“Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist. He would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at less sacred but the integrity of our own mind. “ Think of someone who radically changed humanity – – that person is a non-conformist. Almost by definition, a person who changes the world must be a nonconformist — a person who swims against the current and, in the process teaches others to follow their course. Emerson explains that to change YOUR world you need to stop conforming and begin to act on those radical and often unexpected hunches you receive. Today, get ready for your life to kick into high gear as we practice radical acts of nonconformity. Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
“The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner, and would distain as much as the Lord to do or say ought to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature.” -Emerson As I sit here writing this, two brothers are playing the game Marco Polo in the swimming pool in front of me. It is endearing to hear them play and it reminds me of my brothers when we were young. The three of us never doubted whether supper would be on the table when we finished playing because we KNEW our mom was at home making it. Emerson says that this is the level of certainty with which we need to approach all things in life —like boys at play knowing dinner will be on the table when they get home. Get ready to have “faith on steroids” after today’s JumpStart. Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
“Trust thy self: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” – Emerson Have you ever sat down and written out a personal resume? I did recently and it gave me an overwhelming sense of self-confidence. All of us doubt ourselves from time to time. Making space in our lives to review our past successes – often obtained against overwhelming odds, gives us the confidence to trust ourselves going forward. Today, let’s help you pluck the iron string of trusting yourself. Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
“God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.“ – Emerson Over the years, I have been approached by dozens of bright-eyed, optimistic young people who want to create some sort of a movement or nonprofit to improve other people’s lives. Sadly, to date I only know of one person who actually followed through. The inspiration, the idea, the desire to “change the world“ — that’s the EASY part. Taking action is the hard part and it’s the only thing that really matters. Today, I’m going to inspire you to get up off your butt and move toward your dreams! Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
When we have a major decision to make, most people will consult anyone and everyone instead of trusting their own heart, their own mind, and their own guidance.
We tend to value the opinions of others higher than our own because, well, they’re ours.
Remember that inside your brain is the same stuff that put human beings into space, created supercomputers, and discerned the best moves for human beings throughout history.
In my opinion, if you get nothing else from reading “Self Reliance” you should gain an understanding that your mind and your opinions are as valid, powerful, and important as those of anyone who has ever lived.
Today, let’s unpack how to put all that magnificent intelligence to work in your life.
Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all – – that is genius.“ -Emerson
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion.“ – Emerson If you could be anyone other than yourself who would it be? Take a second to seriously ask yourself this question, “ If I could be anyone other than myself who would I be?“ Be honest. The other day I explored this question in depth myself and realized some important things about comparing ourselves to others and, more importantly how to close the gap between who we are and the people we dream of becoming. If you’re ready to explore your self-worth and come out a winner, then today’s JumpStart is for you! Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
“For always the inmost becomes the outmost - and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the last judgment.“ – Emerson I love this quote from “Self-Reliance“ by Ralph Waldo Emerson because it succinctly explains the field of metaphysics. Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world and when you begin to master your inner world your outer world takes the shape and substance you desire. What is it that you would like to do, have, or become? Can you put yourself into that situation now? Let’s talk about ways to do exactly that so that the fulfillment of your dreams begins to flow like water. Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
Four months ago, I picked up “The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson” and read “Self Reliance.” I’m sure I read it in school but the impact this essay had on me this time was HUGE; so much so that I’m going to do an entire series on this life-changing work of literature. Over the next several weeks I’m going to be sharing with you my favorite quotes from “Self Reliance” and expanding on each. We start off with the essay’s first words, Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and perfect man, Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him fault early or too late. Our acts our angels are or good or ill, our fatal shadows that walked by us still. Sure, the writing is a bit archaic but the idea is profound and today we’re going to explore how to apply it to your life. Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.
Do you own Apple AirPods? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing (and no, I am not getting paid for saying this). It took me a couple of years to try AirPods; but once I did, I fell in love! I purchased AirPods for everyone in my family — and these bad boys are expensive! About a year ago, I noticed the sound fading in the left AirPod. The right one sounded fine – – but the left AirPod sounded weird and muffled. Overtime, the sound in the left AirPod diminished to the point where it was barely audible. One day, what I thought was a really bad thing happened and yet it FIXED my left AirPod! This lead me to explore what I now call “Positive Uncertainty.” Today, let’s explore your Positive Uncertainty. Be sure to post your questions and comments, I always reply to them personally.