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DAY 21 – BECOME SELF-RELIANT Here's the thing about life. If self-reliance means a strong belief in your own ability to achieve success and happiness, then dependency is an absence of such belief. And until you learn to stand on your own two-feet and to take full responsibility for yourself, your results, and your future, you'll never fully know just how strong and capable you really are and that is precisely why you're going to love this lesson titled "Become Self-Reliant". My favorite quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson provides us with the perfect entree into today's lesson. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us!" If we all accepted Emerson's observation and became acutely aware of the awesome power that lies within, the world would be radically and immediately altered in a positive way. Now before I go much further, I want to be clear on one point. Self-reliance is not to be looked at as anti- society nor anti-community. Instead, we must view and advocate for self-reliance as a starting point, as a means for being responsible, not as an exclusionary goal. Self- reliance is a virtue in need of serious cultivation, as it's all about freedom from the control or influence from outside parties. It's a simple concept that encourages each one of us to take responsibility for our own needs; physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and economic. To put it more directly, it's an understanding that nobody owes you anything. Yet, even though self-reliance is such a critical life skill, why on earth is society filled with so many wimpy, excuse making, responsibilities dodging, entitlement driven people looking for a handout? Well, the answer like many others could be found in both government and in the whole. Many programs throughout the world have been set up by well-meaning individuals and institutions to aid those who are in need. However,

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