Sept. 20, 2021

17: Self-Reliance

17: Self-Reliance


Today, Matt talks about one of his life’s greatest influences: the American philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. We cover the importance of Emerson’s 1841 essay "Self-Reliance" and how to adopt these principles as a modern tech professional.

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When it comes to a thriving career, self-reliance is the key. It's about taking control to create a life of wealth and freedom (however you define that).

American Transcendentalism believes that individuals can transcend the physical world of their senses into a more profound spiritual experience through free will and intuition. This elevates your career perspective.

By exploring your innermost self during times of solitude, you learn how to trust yourself more. Trust thyself!

In the tech world, it’s easy to walk in line with everybody else. But self-reliance requires that you don't conform. ("Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.")

Others will act as if they know your duty better than you. But it’s your life; march to your own beat! Greatness appeals to the future. It’s what pulls you forward.



[3:35] Emerson’s awakening

[5:43] Trust thyself

[7:18] Nonconformity

[9:10] Determine what you must do

[10:02] Embrace your voyage



"Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1841)

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