This is me in a hot spring after I wrote for ten hours with a break in the middle.
Five years earlier I was on the brink of self-destruction. My mind was working against me and I was a very sick young man.
I left a business behind that could have made me rich.
I didn’t know why at the time — all I knew was that something was wrong.
I took a call center job that paid less than my living expenses.
Every lunchtime I’d feel like throwing up from my severe battle with mental illness. There was something wrong and I had no idea what it was.
I kept going to work.
I started reading self-help books on the side for 3–4 hours a night.
That led me to write a few self-help articles.
Despite all the pain and suffering, the one thing that kept me going was discipline. I kept reading and writing.
That simple practice helped me learn a lot about psychology.
I developed an extremely high level of emotional intelligence. This got me out of the call center.
With better jobs came more work-life balance and the chance to double down on my reading and writing.
After three viral blog posts on the internet, people started contacting me. This led to more opportunities.
I kept writing.
For at least 8 hours.
-while everybody else had fun and caught up with friends.
I thought I was a bad writer, but somehow, through hundreds of blog posts, I learned how to tell stories in a simple manner.
Nothing changed with my mental illness. I still had a long way to go. It still stopped me from doing things like having a stable girlfriend, public speaking and traveling the world.
More career success came.
I didn’t stop reading and writing.
Then, I left the girl I was dating. My life felt like it imploded.
I stopped being disciplined. I stopped writing.
Everything I’d worked for went backwards.
So, I took a long hard look at myself. I saw what I’d done before and how that had helped me. I began reading and writing again.
Things picked up.
My luck changed.
I got a new girlfriend.
I got a much better job in a different industry.
I started working four days a week.
I got nominated for a prestigious blogging award.
Discipline is a survival metric. It’s how you overcome the huge low points in life.
Staying disciplined through both the failures and the successes is what no one tells you.
Discipline will lead you to the answer
-whatever the answer is you seek, it’s linked to discipline.