When I was young, I had a friend who loved what he called his freedom. He resented punching a time clock (like anyone loves it). He drank too much. He did drugs. He spent money like a drunken sailor, without any thought for tomorrow. And he would let no one tell him what to do. He claimed to be free, a man dedicated to doing his own thing. He pitied us dummies who cracked the books, studied and worked like dogs.
Like many people, my friend confused self-indulgence with freedom. The two have nothing in common. Freedom, success, self-destiny — they are the result of self-discipline and self-control, not self-indulgence. (Oh, and by the way, my friend ended up a bitter alcoholic, stuck in a dead-end job, mostly because he valued his "freedom" more than the discipline to finish college.)
If you want to be truly free, discipline yourself to achieve the things you value. Control yourself and you control — as much as any person can — your own destiny. Enjoy the day and work hard, work like a dog, work like a maniac to create your own freedom.
– JR Ingrisano
"Most people equate discipline with an
absence of freedom…. In fact, the
opposite is true. Only the disciplined
are truly free. The undisciplined are
slaves to moods, appetites and passions."
– Stephen R. Covey
(The 8th Habit)
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