Willpower is a feeling, discipline is what’s done
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.”
― Alexandre Dumas
The last seven days have been trying for me. A lack of discipline, you might say. I found my self-spending more time deciding what I should really spend my time on and have the discipline to do it to the best of my ability.
Deciding what to do was the easy part, having the discipline to see it through was not. So I wasted two good opportunities that if I had dared to try and exploit, I’d have been $500 richer.
But oh well
This vividly reminds me of a certain Geography teacher, back in my Ordinary Level. “My philosophy is discipline”, he always said and endeavored to make us repeat after him. I didn’t get it then —Christ knows I hated his guts. But I get it now. I’ve come to appreciate his wise words as I aspire to become more disciplined. The goal should not be to become more motivated. It’s a fool’s crusade. It’s dependent on energy levels, sleep, wins or losses and boy haven’t I had my fair share of the latter.
Exams are 6 days away and that is the least of my problems. I am struggling to make sense of what I am trying to achieve, what I believe in. I’ll ask you this, have you ever felt like you were onto something big but pursuing it meant going against everything society has taught you? Everything you’ve been led to believe? Well, that is exactly how I feel.
When Darwin said “Survival of the fittest”, he did not mean the strongest, the smartest or even the fastest will survive. Don’t believe me? Ask the Dinosaurs. I watched Dean Kamen explain this on Impact Theory in his video on how to become an adaptation machine —this is what Darwin meant— It is those capable of adaptation that will survive. A trait that I believe most people are terrified to embrace. It happens to me too.
I loathe mediocrity and continuously question culture —even God’s existence. The last thing I’d rather do, most especially when I believe there has got to be another way —a better way— is to follow the norm.
A few days back, I watched a documentary on the History channel. This has got to be my favorite of all time —The men who built America. I identified deeply with J.P Morgan’s character and how he decided to go against everything his father had taught him and invest in Edison because he saw, in his invention (DC), the future.
I’ll end with this…
We all have dreams. Okay, most of us have dreams but the thing about dreams is, they are free. It is the hustle that is sold separately.
It has been said that good things happen to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle. So I’ll keep hustling.