Talent Development

Part I – Self-Discipline: Running a Business is Like Running an Ultra-Marathon

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in
the expert’s mind there are few.”
-Shunryu Suzuki

Self discipline is a habit, a practice, a philosophy, and a way of life. All successful men and women are highly disciplined
when it comes to the important work that they do. According to the article Self-Discipline Outdoes IQ in
Predicting Academic Performance of Adolescents by Angela L. Duckworth and Martin E.P. Seligman, in the
Psychological Science Journal, self-discipline is a better predictor of academic success than even IQ.

All great successes in life are preceded by extended, sustained periods of focused effort towards a single goal,
the most important goal, with the determination to stick with it until success is fulfilled. Persistence is an
extraordinary trait, and it is a key predictor of whether you will succeed or fail in your long-term goals, regardless of
whether it is a physical or entrepreneurial goal. It would be near impossible to go out and run a marathon without
consistent and persistent training beforehand, just as it would be near impossible to launch a successful business
without advanced preparation beforehand.

Throughout history, we have seen that every man or woman who achieved anything lasting and worthwhile has
engaged in long and often unappreciated hours, weeks, months, or sometimes even years of concentrated,
disciplined work, often aimed in a single specific direction. Once you have mastered the ability to postpone instant
gratification, having the ability to discipline yourself to stay focused on the most important task ahead of you, there is
virtually no goal that you cannot accomplish and no task that you cannot complete.

“People who have attained excellence follow a consistent
path to success.”
-Tony Robbins

Check out your grade on the Grit scale:

Grit Scale

Running a Business is Like Running an Ultra-Marathon:

Tips about improving your self-discipline:


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