By Niklas Göke
February 15th, 2018
“The Cycle of History; The Cycle of Life“
The value of restraint.
Not too long ago, part of growing up was to learn patience. It wasn’t optional.
- Paychecks needed longer to clear and wire transfers took forever.
- Fewer books were released at a slower pace and translations often came years later. There were no blogs.
- Music was expensive to own and hard to carry around.
- You couldn’t just order everything online and have it delivered to your doorstep within hours.
- Even at the grocery store, there was no self-checkout. You had to .
- There was no live-streaming for events. If you weren’t there, you missed it and had to try again next time.
- The news came in a 24-hour newspaper rhythm at best. Not from second to second.
Today, whether you want to be patient with any of these things is up to you. So most people choose not to. And then they’re frustrated when their life doesn’t work out immediately. That’s called.
Practicing self-discipline when you don’t have to makes your life a lot easier.
Whether that’s waiting for fame, sex, money, love, meaning, a better job, your favorite artist or even just dinner. Restraint isn’t just a way of getting what you want faster, but part of why goals are worth attaining in the first place.
Happiness is a wonderful drug best taken in small doses. Otherwise, you might fade away just as fast as your experiences. None of us want that. We really need you here.
Even if, sometimes, just to wait a little longer.
PS: A while back I made a 4-part system for practicing self-discipline each day. It might help you implement this. You can find it.