Discipline is doing the right things at the right time, good things the wrong way

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In my own way of defining it I see it as doing the right things at the right thing and doing the right things the wrong way. I say wrong way because discipline goes against the current. It persist to see its win against the pressure.

You must hear from this job interview at a certain company. My father made it there, having completed his high school with good grades in Accounts which he excelled in without a teacher available at their school then Geography and a Language instead of mathematics which he so loved. So, when all others arrived for the intake they were instructed to sit at a foray of benches outside in a partially wooded but lawned area.

Gardeners were maintaining the lawn, shifting sprinklers to where there was the need and them working so close to where the interviewees were as if to grab words they were saying. It was precisely then when my dad sprang up from the crowd and started his string of mischief, first snatching an envelope from one girl’s hands and opening it (it wasn’t sealed) and then read aloud the grades from one of the certificate starting with an F(ail), then last a single A that compensated other weak passes and fails behind it. He then moved to the next guy but couldn’t get an access to the certificates, and announced thereafter that none was a shinning star than him as far as qualifications available for the interview room this day were concerned.

The guy tending the lawn was all listening to this, his overalls looking brand new and him trying to get the work done like an expert.  Each time he left with a load of leaves he swept underneath the tree in the cart he had to fish out his walkie-talkie from his pockets and hiss something straight into the interview room, and it was easier to make reference concerning any of the interviewees because they had tags with numbers written boldly from 1 to 19 stapled their clothing right on the chest, given to them upon entering the gate.

The company here understood the importance of having a team of people who try to behave or behave when there is that need, so the interview process started at the gate. People with good grades, and grades without teachers (because accounting teachers back then had to be expatriated from the former dependency, Britain), qualification-wise smarter people like my father, were required not to be that but to have that discipline first before anything else, then have their qualification-wise smartness as an advantage over the competition. Precisely, this is how things work in the real world.

Discipline is the right background for any image you can have for yourself. Just when life wishes to know if you are the person with the right measure of it that allow yourself to do it anyway, at the right time and the wrong way but to do the very best good expected be ready not to answer to it asking about your discipline by words but by practice.

Learn from this one. The company here, because it wanted to know the extent of the discipline each of the candidates possessed got itself some means to extract that discipline and have it straight into its disposal, a thing which is now easier now that even FBI guys like Joe Navarro are publishing books telling us about how tricks for extracting information in the dark rooms can be in anyone’s syllabus. The girl whose qualifications were read in front of the crowd responded by doing nothing except returning another envelope left at her laps into her handbag and zipping it for good, a move which was taken by our gardener as good for those who would be the staff, qualities that would save the company in tough times that even the company couldn’t relocate to outside its operations when the economy of the country crumpled without her.

Before you move on to secure what is no longer in your hands, right, or something that is even lost, you need to have what’s in your possession already. That is discipline, again, because discipline must pay off. That even I can’t resist to say that, here our girl, if my father would have torn the envelope he had snatched from her into pieces, would have left with the true copies of her certificates, which she wisely put into her bag before more trouble could happen, more trouble which didn’t happen.

Discipline is not a dumb thing, it is not silent and it is not just discipline. It converts itself into anything good anytime. The discipline with our girl here was loyalty to the company, the vision of the company and the future of it.

Backstage by Meinrad Socien

This article was written in twenty minutes on the 26th of April 2021, but it took the whole night to get it published as my internet connection was weak. I give you the numbers behind it.

Eight: Was the number of Gigabytes of mobile data I purchased during the first week of the month April to kickstart this article.

6.8 Was the number of GBs my Opera browser running on the PC I hotspotted had swallowed by 27 April.

16: Was the amount in USDs each 8GB of data costed.

4: Was the amount of money in USDs I had on 27 April.

3: including mine, the count of personal computers in my village (a village with around 600 people).

4: My adult years without a personal computer. 2 of them without access to any computer.

25 and a quarter: My age in April 2021.

Four: The number of years it took me to finally possess my own self-hosted blog, Informativus.

15: The amount of money in USDs that I had earned since the start of February that was an outcome of my own sweat.

130: The sum of donations in USDs from friends and family to get my blogging dream back in track in 2021Q1 and April.

50: My count of punches hitting walls due to frustration, and hurting or paining myself that way.

Countless: My hopes that Informativus would not only end up only a big successful blog but a big Media company challenging censorship in my developing country and abroad.

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