Day 8: Become Self-Reliant

In this blog:

  • Day 8 Video Review – Become Self-Reliant
  • Day 8 Commentary
  • Week 38 Weigh-In

Day 8: Become Self-Reliant – an abridged & quasi verbatim recap from Day 8 of the 100 Day Challenge from

Today’s video talks about Self-Reliance and it’s direct relationship to your personal freedom and liberties.

How to become self reliant in 8 not so easy steps

  1. You Must Become a Nonconformist
    You must avoid following popular opinion and avoid conforming to the weak and highly vulnerable will of the majority.
    You must trust your own instincts, ideas, principles and common sense.
  2. You Must Stand For and You Must Defend Your Principles
    The integrity of your own mind and the principles you believe to be honorable and just are things you must fight for and protect against any opposition.
  3. You Must Insist on Being Authentic.
    There is a time in everyone’s life when they arrive at the conviction that
    Envy is ignorance,
    that Imitation is suicide,
    that you must take yourself for better or for worse.
    Therefore, insist on being yourself and work to cultivate your gifts.
  4. You Must Surrender Unnecessary Dependence
    You must identify where you are currently dependent by taking inventory of your life.
    Look for any unnecessary and unhealthy situations and immediately resolve to move them to a state of self reliance.
  5. You Must Confront and Overcome Obstacles
    You must have understanding that the world is filled with obstacles to help you and develop internal strength and self-reliance.
  6. You Must Work and Produce Results
    Honorable work is the most foundational source of happiness, self-worth and prosperity.
    Your greatest asset and primary sense of security extends from your ability to produce results and that is what self-reliance is all about
  7. You Must Take Full Advantage of Educational Opportunities.
    Those who have the lowest levels of skill and the weakest capacity for constant updating of those skills will find themselves uncompetitive, unemployed and highly dependent upon others.  Therefore, it is imperative that everyone commit to becoming a student for life.
  8. You Must Be Free From Debt
    Money is a faithful loyal servant and we are it’s master,
    However, when we get into debt the roles change.  The person who owes money is a servant to who lends the money.  Never are you less free than when you are in debt.

honorable work



Day 8 Commentary

A line in this video had me thinking of wedding vows.  Step 3 in becoming self reliant …taking yourself for better or for worse.  If that is not a commitment we can make with ourselves then what right do we have to expect that we could keep that commitment with another person?

From Step #5 – You Must Confront & Overcome Obstacles.  If this step resonates with you in any way, I would kindly suggest checking out The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.  I’ve read his book and watched his lecture on YouTube – click the bold underlined link above to have a new window open up on YouTube of his lecture.  Basically, this man is going to die.  His last lecture is something done at his school from the perspective of the person giving the lecture to be his last lecture before they die but, in Randy’s case, it is true because he has terminal cancer.  The lecture ultimately is something he’s doing for his kids.  Time and time again he repeats that the walls and obstacles put up in the way of achieving your goals were meant to keep other people out – not you.

Week 38 Weigh-In

Nice.  Just a couple karate workouts and a couple times running and the distance between last weeks weight of 268.8 and 260 (maintenance weight) has been cut in half to 264.4.

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