Every human being strives to be successful, powerful, wealthy and prosperous. We spend our energies and our resources to be more successful than our colleagues, our compatriots our neighbors and everyone around. We run to find the recipes to make our dream come true and follow every guru in the field to find foolproof formula to achieve our desired goal. Everyone is eager to find the reason to find why some people are more successful than others or richer or more popular.

Hundreds of books have been written on the subjects like “How to succeed in life” “How to become rich in shortest time”, “How to achieve excellence in everything you do”, How to be successful Entrepreneur, Writer, Athlete etc. etc.”
I have been a loyal reader of most of the well-known authors like Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peel, Stephen Covey, and Anthony Robins and have personally known a few very learned Motivational Gurus like Etsko Schueitma, Dr. Denis Waitley, Joachim de Pasoda and few others.

All these learned people have given very solid well tested formulas to achieve success in life based on their own experiences and the people they came in contact with. One such Guru is Kop Kopmeyer who has written more than half a dozen books on the topics like:

➢ How to get whatever you want
➢ How can you get richer quicker
➢ How one can succeed now.Etc. etc.

Someone like me who was keen to find the precise answer to this difficult puzzle by chance happened to meet Mr. Kopmeyer in a Washington restaurant and he had read his 4 most popular books describing about 250 principles to achieve the success. To take the advantage of the opportunity this person asked him vey hesitantly the most pertinent question that out of all his formulas described in his book if he has to tell only one most important principle which will it be. According to him Mr. Kopemeyer smiled and said that I have been asked this question many times but the answer was given by Thomas Huxlay many years ago as “Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not”. He went on to say “There are 999 other success principles that I have in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work”.

He added “. Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.”

With the above statement all of a sudden all the cow-webs of my mind cleared as if someone has sprayed a strong detergent to clean all the confusion, and all of a sudden the Military Drill, the emphasis on daily five times prayer and the three guiding principle given by Qaid-E-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for the success of Pakistan i.e.


made complete logical sense as no success can be built without practicing self-discipline.

I wish I succeed in in grinding the importance of self-discipline in our individual and community life to be successful in the present world and the hereafter.

Rais Khan is a Chartered Accountant and an author. He has worked in corporate sector for 40 years in a variety of corporations ranging from IBM to Etisalat in UAE. He has worked and lived in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, USA, Africa and the UAE. Currently he is a freelance business consultant and part-time writer. He is the Editor of Pehchaan and can be contacted at [email protected]

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