In his book Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, Timothy Ferriss interviews former Navy Seal Jocko Willink and he shared a great note on Discipline = Freedom:


“Discipline equals freedom.” Everyone wants freedom. We want to be physically free and mentally free. We want to be financially free and we want more free time. But where does that freedom come from? How do we get it?

The answer is the opposite of freedom. The answer is discipline.

You want more free time? Follow a more disciplined time-management system.

You want financial freedom? Implement long-term financial discipline in your life.

Do you want to be physically free to move how you want, and to be free from many health issues caused by poor lifestyle choices? Then you have to have the discipline to eat healthy food and consistently work out.

We all want freedom. Discipline is the only way to get it.”


This is one of those powerful insights that often takes time for us to internalise.

The idea that a great time management system is what we need to enjoy more free time is one that seems to not make sense until we experience it.

And, all happy careers, lives, and relationships take years of disciplined work to make happen and survive.

There is temporary freedom that comes with ignoring discipline and responsibilities. But, if we want long-lasting freedom, discipline is our best friend.

Happy Freedom Day South Africa.

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