Everyone is searching for freedom.
But freedom from what?
Freedom from our boss, from a job… what exactly are we trying to get freedom from?
I don’t think most of us really need more freedom.
I think most of us need more discipline.
The Discipline to follow through on our goals; the discipline to say no to the things that don’t support our vision; the discipline to push through rejection, over and over again.
Men more talented than myself have put it this way: freedom=discipline.
The counterbalance to freedom is discipline.
Without this counteracting mechanism, the metaphorical train runs off the rails.
Freedom gives us the ability to choose. Want to be an artist? What kind of artist do you want to be? A painter, a singer? You have the freedom to choose. But without discipline, you’re unlikely to become proficient at these things in any meaningful way.
Discipline helps us streamline the decision-making process. Questions like, “Should I put more hours in on my dream or go out to the pub with the guys instead?”, are decided in an instant. Discipline makes decision making easy–it ties us to our values and reduces opportunity costs.
Freedom is a Gift
Freedom is a gift; but without a commitment to consistent, values-based principles and tradeoffs, your unlikely to command the use of that freedom for very long. Freedom grows for those who are proper stewards of it; it shrinks for those who abuse it.
What is freedom? It’s toil, blood, sweat and tears. It’s principled decision making.
Doing the hard stuff is what makes the easy (fun) stuff possible.