Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Power of discipline

"Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not."

Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.
And then I began asking, "Why are some people more successful than others?" This question changed my life.

Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, "Success is tons of discipline."

Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.

A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.
With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.

It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.

After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, "Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?"

He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, "The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, 'Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.'"

He went on to say, "There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work."

Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.

"No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined."
 -- Harry E. Fosdick

Self-discipline and self-motivation are joined at the hip. When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you're moving toward your goals.

Introduction from The Power of Discipline -- 
By Brian Tracy


mynac said...

Dear Ilango,
Nice one.
"An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit"

manojag said...

Coud'nt agree more. But to become disciplined requires a lot of ingredients like awareness,attitude,motivation etc. etc. Everything put together makeths a dish but without salt its tasteless and in the same way without discipline nothing much can ever be achieved.
Thanks for the exrta helping.

rammyril said...

Thiru Ilango
Great message that will bring Greatness
if practised.Our"Thirukural" has got enough couplets
that emphasises above fact.

Subhash Mittal said...

Rajagopal said...

Dear Ilango,

Having Self Discipline is as simple as mastering Elliot Wave. Why?

Majority of Successful people have Self Discipline (SD)- Yes
Are Majority of people Successful? - No
Minority of people are successful and majority of them have SD.

We all get SD, as we all learn TA in due course - after paying the price? By the time we inculcate SD, at least 50% of life span exhausted. Simple acts as Morning Walk, being patient, Saving...etc are put in place either by the Doctor or Mr Time. One has to be blessed to have SD as a natural attribute. Such people are very very rare. Many of us would have missed the chance early to inculcate the character in us. At least we can help the gen-next to develop SD in them - by being supportive,suggestive,non-argumentative and certainly non-authoritarian.

Thank you for reminding about such a simple but effective tool that most of us overlooked.

BALA said...



RG Sir

Yours is very practical. Only blessed with, in the generations to come will have ear to hear/follow the foot paths even though by being supportive etc etc

All has to follow in the next week strictly disciplined in the nifty trading based on purely technical s based on Sir's TA See how many in the next week


Sujatha said...

This is the timely post...

I need personally more discipline...Always my "telepathy" is working with you :)

Thanks and regards

Manish Aggarwal said...

Nice and a must for everyone to read and
imbibe into his/her life. An impressive

San said...

Good evening Ilango sir

I just saw my blog's link in your blog roll. I had to rub my eyes 2 to 3 times because i did not believe what i saw. Thanks for having me here. I have to say this was my primary goal. Now that i have stepped into the hall of fame, i have to increase the efficiency of my posts inorder to match the standards. Thanks for your encouragement sir

mok 11852206222016240633 said...

you excel in the timely presentation of levels as well the fables that suits the days
"There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work."
thanks sir,

assortZ said...

though its very difficult to stick to Self discipline in practical..its an important tool which differs people from crowd..thanks for the post sir

satheesh said...

Good evening Ilango sir and all

"Self Discipline is the best discipline" - very true - but retrospectively on analysing one's past and if adhered to it even 5% of various occasions then he/she would have been very successful in their life.

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