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Dec 06, 2018 14:02:03

Discipline = freedom?

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Victoria Maung

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On September 16, 2018, Eluid Kipchoge set a new world record with a marathon time of 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds. 

He paced 2:56/km (~4:44/mi) by the 5km checkpoint and ended up pacing even faster at 2:44/km (~4:04/mi) by the end of his 42.2km (26.2mi) race. 

Kipchoge was so fast that his pacesetters couldn't keep up. And he still wants to break the 2-hour marathon.

His guiding principle in life is self-discipline (did you expect anything else?). And he has a quote that explains it strikingly, "Only the disciplined ones are free in life. If you aren't disciplined, you are a slave to your moods [and] your passions."

I don't expect myself to break any world records any time soon, but as with most great quotes, Kipchoge's is a powerful guiding principle. 

If not for the discipline to act on our free will, then what are we beyond animals? How much of my desire to be a couch potato and indulge in pizza and chips all evening is driven by my baser instincts? I would be neglecting my will to be a better person. 

Kipchoge's principle reminds me to stick to my race and that I can always run a little bit faster. 

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    @vickenstein Powerful. Nice to know about Eluid. I've come across a similar message from a totally different voice - Jocko Willink. (https://www.amazon.com/Discipline-Equals-Freedom-Field-Manual/dp/1250156947) Either way, it's about using discipline to keep us accountable.

    KP avatar KP | Dec 06, 2018 17:24:16
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    @vickenstein Oh my!!! i love this and i love how you write.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Dec 06, 2018 17:23:01
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      @seunoyebode thank you! I appreciate the feedback, since I'm always trying to be write with more clarity.

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 07, 2018 01:35:49
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