Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist. Between 1836 and 1837 he presented a series of lectures on the philosophy of history at Boston's Masonic Temple. Many of the ideas expressed in these lectures were later used in Self-Reliance, first published in 1841, in which Emerson illustrated the need for each individual to avoid conformity and to follow his or her own instincts.
Andrew Holmes' interpretation of Self-Reliance illustrates the timeless nature of Emerson's insights using twenty-first century examples. Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance is an entertaining and eye-opening accompaniment to a true self-help classic. Today's readers will discover:
* How to recognise in every work of genius their own rejected thoughts;
* Why imitation is suicide and envy is ignorance;
* How to recognise the foolish face of praise;
* How to learn self-trust;
* That nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Full of wise advice from one of America's greatest nineteenth-century thinkers, Self-Reliance continues to open our eyes to our potential and show us how to take control of our lives. Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance is not a substitute for the original. Its purpose is simply to illustrate the timeless nature of Emerson's insights into human nature by bringing them to life in a contemporary context. Andrew Holmes' brilliant reworking of Self Reliance is an entertaining and highly practical guide to one of the most influential self-help books of all time.
Andrew Holmes (Hampshire, England) is a writer, management consultant and Managing Partner of Paricint LLP. He has consulted with many household names in the UK and overseas. He has written 17 books on all manner of subjects, ranging from the commoditization of white collar work to humour. If you can't find him chained to a desk somewhere, he is either spending time with his family in Hampshire, or fencing in London. He is also the author of Claude von Clausewitz's On War (9781906821357), also in the Infinite Success series.