Self-Discipline - How to Develop Spartan Discipline, Unbreakable Mental Toughness, and Relentless Willpower


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

A surprisely good tiny book. A very nice read about minimalism, focus, and hard work.


Introduction

“No man is free, who cannot command himself.”

—- Pythagoras


“Through discipline comes freedom.”

—- Aristotle


Plutarch wrote, “All Greeks know what is right, but only the Spartans do it.”
A lack of self-discipline, on the other hand, leaves us succumbing to counterproductive and unhealthy urges that toss our lives in a direction we don’t truly want. As Jim Rohn said, “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

Spartan Minimalism

“The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work.”

—- Ray Kurzweil


“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”

—- Henry David Thoreau


“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

—- Leonardo da Vinci


Self-discipline is not hard. It is only perceived to be hard. It’s all an illusion—a matter of perspective.
Having a cold shower requires no discipline for he who has no hot water system. Eating healthy requires no discipline for he who has no junk food in the kitchen. Being frugal requires no discipline for he who has no money. Obeying the speed limit requires no discipline for he who drives a Prius.

As Bruce Lee said, “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick while chained to his desk.
Carl Jung revolutionized the field of psychology by spending days of solitude in a small stone tower in the woods.

Similarly, the Spartans streamlined and simplified their society to focus exclusively on their main goal: To produce the greatest warriors to ever walk the earth.

Imagine how much you could achieve if you approached your life with this kind of Spartan minimalism. If you eliminated all but that which propels you toward your goals. One thing’s for sure: You’d be a heck of a lot closer to your goal(s) than you currently are—if not already successful.

Toughen Up