Discipline is the name of the game..

This one goes out to all of us who take lots of pride in being fantastic last minute people..

I, for one, have always been very happy(proud even..) for having accomplished most of what I have done in the very last minute.. However, there was this one time when I was standing in front of a mountain of a target and typically, I procastinated.. and guess what.. it didn’t happen! Somehow, the magic didn’t seem to work.. and that failure seeped into everything else. Suddenly nothing worked when I did things in the last minute..

I have never considered myself disciplined but hey.. that is the name of the game. When employed, its about waking up in the morning every day and going to work and performing..and then coming back home and performing and doing that again and again..and again..

Hard reality..

Shakespeare wrote his sonnets within a strict discipline, fourteen lines of iambic pentameter, rhyming in three quatrains and a couplet. Were his sonnets dull? Mozart wrote his sonatas within an equally rigid discipline – exposition, development, and recapitulation. Were they dull?” – David Oglivy

More explanation on 20 mile a day..

The 20mile lesson is all about discipline. You do business or grow your company in a steady manner without compromising your values, culture, etc for business opportunities. So in good economy, when you have multiple opportunities, you only take the ones which fit your company’s strategy. And in bad years you work 3 times harder just to maintain your strategy.

A good example is Southwest airlines: at every given year they get requests from 10-20 airports/cities to open hubs there. Southwest will only do 3 or 4. The reason is maintaining their unique strategy (fun culture, operations, etc.). If they would open 10 hubs for example they will have to, by definition, compromise on several attributes of their strategy. That might give them short term advantage but over the long term it will hurt their business.

Thanks to Safi! :)