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Self Reliance

Celebrate your Independence

Megan McDonough | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan McDonough

I love my country and the self-reliant, can-do attitude it was built upon. As we head out for fireworks, barbeques, and parades to celebrate this Four...

In Case People Yank Your Chain

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

Each time you react to others by changing the way you would otherwise behave, you give them control over your life. This is true even if you act in defiance to the other person. In fact, this is probably ESPECIALLY true in that case.

Interview With a Philosopher: The Crucible of Adversity

Tom Morris | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Tom Morris

How do you view adversity? What role does it play in your life? Do you always seek to avoid it? Or will you sometimes take on a challenge that you sus...

Want To Move Off The Grid? Here's How It's Done.

Patrick J. Kiger | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Patrick J. Kiger

So you're enamored with the dream of living "off the grid": dropping out of modern civilization completely and becoming a self-sufficient iconoclast, free of utility bills, government intrusion and other pressures of the modern world. But even for the most resourceful and determined people, it's a challenge to supply all of life's needs.

Want To Move Off The Grid? Here's How It's Done.

Patrick J. Kiger | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Patrick J. Kiger

So you're enamored with the dream of living "off the grid": dropping out of modern civilization completely and becoming a self-sufficient iconoclast, free of utility bills, government intrusion and other pressures of the modern world. But even for the most resourceful and determined people, it's a challenge to supply all of life's needs.

Education Builds Self-Reliance in a Changing World

Anita Casalina | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Self-reliance is rooted in a fundamental belief that you can change your circumstances. That what you do and how you do it will affect your future. The question is, how does one become self-reliant?

Instill a Secure Self in Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

A secure self emerges initially from the appropriate love you give your children. Your love provides them with the knowledge that there are people in their lives who can and will protect them when necessary. The secure self also evolves from the sense of competence they gain from skills.

Olympic Athletes and Self-Reliance

Anita Casalina | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Some athletes even take their hard won notoriety and maybe those endorsements they worked so hard to get, and they go on to start or support charities to help others better their lives.

Genes and Values: The Dopamine Connection

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

All cultural generalizations are wrong when it comes to individuals. We all know Europeans and Americans who are self-effacing and communitarian in their world view, and Asians who are fiercely independent. So why do some individuals conform to cultural norms and others not?

How Sustainable Agriculture Helps the World's Poorest Farmers

Anita Casalina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Programs like this build a smarter, stronger population. Self-sufficiency and self-reliance at a family level means a healthier family with dignity, the ability to work even harder if they wish, or to participate in the care and development of their community.

Why I Won't Live With My Boyfriend

Rachel Weight | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Rachel Weight

I've seen many friends date and then move in with each other simply out of convenience. A few years go by, and they get engaged and married because "it felt like the next step." These are supposed to be the most important relationships in my life. I want to treat them with intentionality.

Anyone Remember Self-Reliance? We Used To Be 'Strongly Silent': Now All We Do Is Talk, Talk, Talk.

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Mandel

We used to blaze trails and now we don't even walk. We used to do things and make things, and explore. And now we talk, talk, talk.

The Milestones American Parents Should Prioritize

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Every society values its own skill sets for its own reasons. The problem in America is that, while we excel at raising spectacularly verbal kids, we have lost sight of other values that we need to foster in our children.

Bringing Home the Bacon: Labor and Self Reliance in Knowing Our Food

Leah Mayor | Posted 03.26.2013 | Food
Leah Mayor

Fourteen years of being a vegetarian gave way to living abroad in places where being a vegetarian would have traditionally been out of the question. ...

Reframe: How Not To Be Old, Overpriced And Out Of Touch

John Tarnoff | Posted 10.19.2012 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Some 80 percent of Boomers have saved less than $100,000 for retirement. This means the Boomers are going to have to keep working -- and the problem there is that neither we nor the society at large are prepared for us to remain in the work force.

No, Natural Gas Is Not America's Future

John Farrell | Posted 09.03.2012 | Green
John Farrell

Big, centrist, statesmanlike leadership isn't found in last century's energy sources. We aren't going to frack our way to a cleaner, brighter future. We need a bold, 21st century vision for energy.

Whatever You Do, Don't Ask for Help... You Might Just Discover It Works

Karen Kimsey-House | Posted 09.01.2012 | Fifty
Karen Kimsey-House

If you put relationships first and take time to really connect with the people that you work and live with, life becomes so much more satisfying.

We Can All Do Better

Sen. Bill Bradley | Posted 07.08.2012 | Business
Sen. Bill Bradley

America's idealism, optimism, and spirit of self-reliance -- all these have created the unique American character. But the America of today is in a state of confusion. We don't see our problems clearly, or if we do, we often -- out of inertia, fear, or greed -- fail to deal with them.

Is That All There Is? Rugged Indvidualism

Dimitri Hamlin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Dimitri Hamlin

It's a good thing that, when push comes to shove, we're really not rugged individualists. I'm thinking that it's almost time for us to accept who we are.

Celebrating International Women's Day

Brooke Edwards | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Brooke Edwards

Gender equality is a fundamental 'cornerstone' of our work because we understand the extraordinary potential of women to change the circumstances of their own lives and their families' lives.

Why Didn't Burning Man's Organizers See This Coming? Because They Couldn't See Themselves

Jay Michaelson | Posted 04.24.2012 | San Francisco
Jay Michaelson

Many longtime burners, shocked at the decision by the Burning Man Organization to hold a lottery for tickets, predicted that scalpers would flood the lottery system, overwhelming legitimate buyers. We told you so.

Learn to Trust Your Gut

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Most of us are programmed from an early age to defer to authority even if we don't understand or agree with the instructions. So how can you counter your conditioning and question authority? Here are some ways to start.

Tax the Rich! In Fact, Let's Double Their Taxes

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Double the top tax rate! It's time for those who have benefited from our system to pull their own weight again. Or as politicians used to say but don't seem to anymore, "From whom much is given, much is expected."

Utility Fights Dirty in City's Battle for Clean Local Energy

John Farrell | Posted 12.14.2011 | Denver
John Farrell

In just three weeks, citizens of Boulder, CO, will vote on whether to begin a big, formal process to unplug from Xcel Energy's system and plug into local energy self-reliance.

The Herman Cain Blame Game

Kent Greenfield | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

People shouldn't be blamed for not choosing work when the choice to work doesn't exist. Pulling on bootstraps works only when you have boots, and only when someone isn't holding you down.