Yet, the philosophy of self-reliance that Emerson developed with his friend Henry David Thoreau offers a blueprint for accomplishing remarkable things in life.
- Define your own life agenda and pursue it in the way that you decide is right.
- Question authority. Look critically at new ideas and decide whether you accept them. Ultimately, you’re in charge of your life.
- Beware of systems, cults and widely held beliefs. The fact that many other people have accepted an idea or belief doesn’t mean it’s correct.
- Develop a thirst for firsthand life experience. For Emerson, books were great. But the more he could experience life directly and learn its lessons, the wiser he felt he became.