Ralph Waldo Emerson was fortunate enough to inherit money and live comfortably. However, his advice to follow one's own self-motivated desires could be difficult for someone who does not have inherited money. Emerson was able to follow his own desires and inclinations, and he was able to write in part because he had a comfortable inheritance. Most people, on the other hand, must work at jobs to survive, and working often involves quashing one's own desires and inclinations and adhering to the wishes of the supervisor or boss. Therefore, it is not always economically feasible to do as one wishes. In addition, one must live with family members and get along with members of the community and friends who don't always share the same beliefs; therefore, if one always expressed one's innermost whims, as Emerson advises in "Self-Reliance," one might find oneself without a place to live.