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Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance: A modern-day interpretation of a self-help classic

Book Description

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American Transcendentalist philosopher and essayist. From 1836 to 1837, Emerson presented a series of lectures on the philosophy of history at Boston's Masonic Temple. These lectures were never published separately but many of Emerson's thoughts were later used in Self-reliance. In this book, first published in 1841, Emerson clearly illustrates the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and to follow his or her own instincts and ideas. Here, Andrew Holmes' interpretation of Self-reliance illustrates the timeless nature of Emerson's insights by bringing them to life through 52 modern case studies. This brilliant interpretation of Self-reliance is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most famous books on strategy ever written.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Other Titles in The Infinite Success Series
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Believe Your Own Thought
  8. 2. Believe What is True
  9. 3. Speak Your Latent Conviction
  10. 4. Detect and Watch That Gleam of Light
  11. 5. In Every Work of Genius We Recognise Our Own Rejected Thoughts
  12. 6. Envy is Ignorance
  13. 7. Imitation is Suicide
  14. 8. He Must Take Himself for Better, for Worse
  15. 9. It's Always Better to Earn Your Living
  16. 10. You'll Never Know Until You've Tried
  17. 11. Do Your Best
  18. 12. Trust Thyself
  19. 13. He Gives An Independent, Genuine Verdict
  20. 14. But The Man is, As it Were, Clapped Into Jail by His Consciousness
  21. 15. Sinking Like Darts Into The Ears of Men
  22. 16. These Are The Voices We Hear in Solitude
  23. 17. Society Everywhere
  24. 18. It Loves Not Realities and Creators, But Names and Customs
  25. 19. Whoso Would be a Man Must be a Nonconformist
  26. 20. Nothing is at Last Sacred But The Integrity of Your Own Mind
  27. 21. How Easily We Capitulate to Badges and Names…
  28. 22. There is The Man and His Virtues
  29. 23. My Life is for Itself and Not for Spectacle
  30. 24. Few and Mean as My Gifts May be
  31. 25. What I Must do is All That Concerns Me, Not What People Think
  32. 26. If I Know Your Sect, I Anticipate Your Argument
  33. 27. This Conformity Makes Them False
  34. 28. The Foolish Face of Praise
  35. 29. For Nonconformity The World Whips you With its Displeasure
  36. 30. The Power of The Mob
  37. 31. But Why Should you Keep your Head Over your Shoulder?
  38. 32. With Consistency a Great Soul Has Simply Nothing to Do
  39. 33. Is it So Bad, Then, to be Misunderstood?
  40. 34. The Consistency of Character
  41. 35. Your Genuine Action Will Explain Itself
  42. 36. Greatness Appeals to The Future
  43. 37. An Institution is The Lengthened Shadow of One Man
  44. 38. We Denote This Primary Wisdom as Intuition
  45. 39. Thoughtless People
  46. 40. Past, Present and Future
  47. 41. We Must go It Alone
  48. 42. The Power Men Possess to Annoy Me
  49. 43. Whose Expectations are They Anyway?
  50. 44. If You Can Love Me for What I am, We Shall be The Happier
  51. 45. Do What You Say and Say What You do
  52. 46. The Debilitating Effect of Fear
  53. 47. With The Exercise of Self-trust, New Powers Shall Appear
  54. 48. Another Sort of False Prayers are Our Regrets
  55. 49. Shakespeare Will Never be Made by The Study of Shakespeare
  56. 50. The Civilised Man Has Built a Coach, But Has Lost The Use of His Feet
  57. 51. What You are is More Important Than What You Have
  58. 52. Nothing Can Bring You Peace But Yourself
  59. Index