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Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson / Personal Notes

September 17, 2020

This is my favorite Brian Johnson video. The fact that he considers Emerson his favorite philosopher is probably the reason why this video is one of his bests.

Personal Timestamp Notes

I created some timestamp notes to share the most important parts. To highlight the importance of certain aspects of Self-Reliance as a way of living.

This notes are still mostly for myself, you might find them incomplete, but I hope you can still benefit from them.

2:45 / 1. Trust Thyself

Herculean trust and courage to show up and live a life of your own.

3:18 / 2. Non-Conformity

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

(additional quote)

"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist."

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

5:50 / 3. Hobgoblins

Greatness appears to the future.

7:00 beware foolish consistency.

7:30 Story of the millionaire who quotes Ralph.

8:25 Speak your new truths with conviction, even if it contradicts the past things you've said.

8:50 / 4. Zig Zags And Angels

From Boston to London the journey is a zig zag. From a far it looks like a straight line.

9:25 Find a truer course. Find who you are. We admire those who live a virtuous life. Moment to moment

9:50 to moment. The force of character.

10:00 Plus 1 changes. 1% improvement

10:25 Virtuous people are escorted by angels .

10:50 / 5. Royal You

The homeless king. Waking up into a palace.

12:00 We need to act like royalty, through self-trust

12:15 No great thing was ever done without enthusiasm.

12:20 Enthusiasm Entheos =God Within

13:11 Optimizing Algorithms

13:30 Don't be like the majority, deal with the ugliness of society and be you.


"Every heart vibrates to that iron string" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Santi Younger

Santi Younger

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