Or how to:
“Hustle Hard, Get More Chips” – Akon
Have you got discipline? Do you really use it? You think you work too hard? Do you really want to achieve your goal? Do you really want that Maybach and sand in all your shoes from too much vacationing? Well…
Let’s look at exactly how discipline looks when applied by successful people. We’ll start with some unlikely candidates. It’s not a movie star, not an entrepreneur, not a CEO. I’ll talk about tibetan monks. These guys are awesome. This class of bald, hard-working folks actually outwork most of the Fortune 500 CEOs.
How is this possible?
The Tibetan Daily Discipline
5.45 Wake-up Bell
6.00 to 7.00 Morning Prayer (Tara Puja in the Prayer Hall with breakfast)
7.30 to 9.00 Recitation and memorizing of the prayer/ritual texts
9.00 to 10.00 Tibetan Language Class
10.00 to 11.00 English Language Class
11.30 to 13.00 Lunch Break
13.00 to 14.00 Tibetan Language Class
14.00 to 15.00 Revision of the day’s lesson
15.00 Tea Break
15.00 to 17.00 Revision of recitation and memorization of the prayer/ritual texts
19.00 to 21.00 Evening Prayer and Recitations
21.00 to 21.30 Self study
21.30 Bed and light off
How’s that for a living? I’ve actually seen even worse schedules, I think it depends on the hardcoreness of the monastery. And by the way, if you were wondering, here’s how lunch looks like in a buddhist monastery.
So what drives them to do this day in, day out? What fuels their discipline?
It’s their goal, their vision, their dream.
Nibbana, Hyperbolization and Money Chasing
It’s called Nibbana, the supreme peace. Being above everything else, in everlasting happiness and inner joyous silence. It is the state of being free from suffering. It’s the “imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished”. Sounds pretty cool.
Only it doesn’t sound that real to me!
Infinity can’t possibly fit or cram itself into a finite being. As such, I don’t believe in these hyperbolizations. I don’t believe in this supreme state (Nibbana). But I do believe that this fantasy is really, really useful!
Steve Jobs used to always talk about this: “You need to be madly in love what you’re doing if you want to be great at it, because it will be so hard to achieve what you want, any normal, unpassionate, “not crazy” person will just give up.”
So how does one fall so deeply in love with something? Well, deep love is almost always based on a great illusion.
For these monks and their awesomely tough schedules, the illusion is this fantasy of Nibbana, of achieving the unachievable, attaining the unattainable. This motivates them to do it. Without such a grand claim, such an awesome endgame purpose, monks would just quit.
So you need an equally grand purpose for yourself in your money chasing endeavours. If you want to be successful that is.
You need to think big. You need to pursue an almost impossible task. It must be so big, all your friends will laugh. It must be so big, you doubt it at times. It must be so big, your friend’s “BIG Mama” grandma will be scared when fathoming it.
But wait. We haven’t yet unveiled all the secrets these monks have.
Away From Temptation = More Money
So once you have a purpose, you need to stick to it. Monks do this by isolating themselves to the outside world. They live in their own microcosmos. They have no women. They shave their heads. They eat at precise hours. They don’t go out to eat at McDonald’s. Happily, the Tibetan mountains are probably the last bastion of “unMcDonaldalized” piece of earth on the planet (I was indeed joking in the caption of that photo).
This is thanks to these monks.
You should also have strict rules with yourself. The stricter, the better. I am an advocate of extremism. You should be around the opposite sex and be able to not want to have sex with them! You should be able to be in the vecinity of a McDonald’s and not crave junk food.
You should be able to do those things.
But wouldn’t it be easier if you’d just distance yourself from those temptations?
Why not focus for a given amount of time on the task at hand?
You want to achieve success? You want the be a millionaire? Stay away from temptations. Isolate yourself from doubters until you can face them and not be moved by their hate.
Isolate yourself from temptations until you can face them and not be tempted.
After all, you wouldn’t be able to read this, were it not for Nikola Tesla’s decision to be celibate and spend enormous amounts of time developing AC curent. Nor could you drive around in your new fully electric saloon beast (the Tesla Model S).
Now we all know what Gangstarr was talking about in the video below!
He was talking about Ancient Tibetan Secrets!