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A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.

—Nadia Boulanger (Image Licensed)

Throughout my life, I have come across a good number of people with a high level of creativity who happen to believe that structure equals constraint. I have also come across a lot of hard-working conformists who don’t seem to have a creative bone in their respective bodies. 

Which group is more successful in life? That distinction is reserved for the (smaller) group of individuals able to balance their creative energies with a disciplined approach to life—the type required to matter-of-factly accomplish the critical tasks needed to move forward. Creativity and self-discipline are complimentary, not mutually exclusive. 

—Mike Hazell

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Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.

—Aldous Huxley (1954; Public Domain)

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We have employments assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch; in the family, our tempers; and in company, our tongues.

—Henry More (Public Domain)

Quite simply, those who live with such mental diligence and emotional control accomplish much in life; those who do not generally live in a world of chaos. Think of people you know on both sides of this spectrum. In which group would you rather find yourself?

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself—and be lenient to everybody else.

—Henry Ward Beecher (by Matthew Brady; Public Domain)

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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

—Aldous Huxley (Public Domain)

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If we do not discipline ourselves the world will do it for us.

Feather, William

— William Feather

…Little in life is more important than self-discipline. When we decide to take control of our lives, we take back power that we have willingly—through our inaction—abdicated to others. If we just let things happen, external events will affect every aspect of our being, from finances to social relationships to our health. This is simply unacceptable, and the reason so many live unfulfilled, unhappy lives. So decide, right now, to take command of your life, set course for your destination, and take control of the helm!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Command Yourself First

Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.

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—Mencius (371-289 BC, Public domain)

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