It is a crucial element for success in business and many other endeavors
By Jack Bobo
Former NBA great and now basketball analyst Charles Barkley, when questioned about his present lifestyle by talk show host Jay Leno, replied simply, “Work is overrated.” It is a line Barkley often uses, and it always gets a big laughbut there is not an ounce of truth in it. Barkley did not become one of the top players in the NBA by avoiding work. To compete in the big leagues requires an enormous amount of discipline, which always translates into work.
It is worth noting that it appears that since Barkley has given up the discipline of a player he has gained a substantial amount of weight. The unflattering weight offers mute testimony that there is, after all, merit in the idea and discipline of work.
Advertisements touting products for dental hygiene vie for the title of best in the field. The toothbrush, manual or electric, has its champions, whereas others consider flossing the most important in keeping teeth healthy. The water pic is favored by many, and an antiseptic gargle is preferred by people in a hurry and not wanting to spend a lot of time on the project.
But dental health professionals insist that in the final analysis the most important tool is discipline. None of the other tools are helpful unless used in a well-disciplined fashion.
Since retiring, my current passion is gardening. I have almost an acre of ground to care for and it gives me great pleasure to keep it well groomed. But gardening is not just a matter of planting seeds and watching them grow and turn into beautiful plants. The flower beds need to be tended, by weeding and providing adequate water and fertilizer. Insects need to be warded off and plants pruned at regular intervals. Occasionally someone is nice enough to offer a complimentary remark regarding my efforts, and they almost always end by saying, “You must have a green thumb.” But it is not the color of your thumb that makes the garden grow. Rather it is the discipline required to do the necessary maintenance that pays off in the end.