5 Lessons From Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday
1. You always control whether you give your best or not. No one can stop you from that.
You dont have to end up number one in your class. Or win everything, every time. In fact, not winning is not particularly important.
What does matter is that you gave everything, because anything less is to cheat the gift.
2. To remain oneself in a world that pushes for conformity takes courage. It takes courage as well as temperance to be restrained in a world of excess, where we attack and mock those who dont indulge in the pleasures we have rationalized and the passions we have excused in ourselves.
3. While we hold ourselves to the highest standardsand hope that our good behavior is contagiouswe cannot expect everyone else to be like us. Its not fair, nor is it possible.
4. Be a strong, inspiring example and let that be enough . . . and even then try to be empathetic.
5. The fire within us can burn bright enough to warm others. The light within us can illuminate the path for others. What we accomplish can make things possible for others.
6. A leader must be selfless, they must sacrifice, they must face the same deprivations as everyone else in the organization. If you can do this, Mattis learned from the writings of General Viscount Slim, they will follow you to the end of the world.
7. Dont beat yourself up. Build yourself up. Make yourself better.
8. Hope is important but it is not a strategy.
9. Retreats, we must remember, are only temporary. They are buying us time until we can take the offensive and courageously attack again in pursuit of our victory.
10. A person who lives below their means has far more latitude than a person who cant.