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Self Reliance This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Sherese W., New York, NY


   "Self Reliance," by Ralph Waldo Emerson, has influenced the way I view the world and myself. This work has had a profound effect on me. It concentrates on the powers of positive thinking and careful decision making. I believe that decision making is one of the most important aspects of life. Since my thoughts and viewpoints will carry me throughout life, it is important that I be confident in the decisions I will make and the viewpoints I will possess. "Self Reliance" has made it evident to me that in order to obtain the best results from my decisions I have to TRUST IN MYSELF.

Through reading this work I learned that the only way I can accomplish my goals and prevail in this world is to be confident in myself. Emerson said, "to believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius.

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