My Role Model

I know I've probably said this like a million times here and I'm saying it again, my dad is my role model. A lot of people pick their role models based on different attributes and stuff, as for me, I've always picked my dad as my role model because of his self discipline.

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I come from a family where my dad made sure to set an example and let us understand the true meaning of the saying "a good name is better than riches".

I remember back in those days when I still was a kid, I remember how the father of my friend would get in one trouble or another that would literally draw the attention of the entire street and how embarrassed my friend would be back then. I knew he hated that feeling and though he never said anything to me in other not to make it sound like he was embarrassed of his own father, I saw it in his face and quietly, I thanked my stars that my dad wasn't that kind of man.

Everything I know pertaining self discipline was taught to me by my dad. He may not have sat me down to teach me this things but I have always been that kid that watches and observes quietly. I remember how proud I always will be of my father whenever I went out with him and saw how respected he is by everyone. I even get treated like the son of a king whenever I'm with him and deep down I know it's because of the way he respects himself and makes sure not to do anything a man his age and status wouldn't.

I'm actually very grateful for the fact that I grew up under a man like that because everything has helped shaped my life into a way that there are some things I just wouldn't do. If it wasn't for the self discipline my dad instilled in me I probably would be behind bars right now for fraud or some other offence but due to my upbringing, there are some things I will never do, the thoughts of doing it alone feels like an abomination.

Sometimes some of my friends say that I'm trying to be someone I'm not and that I should learn to live life more freely but then when has living life freely mean doing stupid shit that we all will end up regretting?

Living a disciplined life has surely cost me some friends because they all feel I'm no fun but then I will rather lose some friends rather than spoil my family name and do stupid things that might see me spending some time behind bars.



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You dad was indeed a good model and it was self discipline that enabled him to become such.
Wow, self discipline is very important.

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Now that is where your friends have it wrong. Living a life freely means truly living as a free man. A free man is a man that is free within. A man that wherever he goes, he knows that he can keep his head up high with dignity and pride, a pride that is not "self-absorbed".

Among the many factors that facilitate success and prosperity, self-discipline is one of the most indispensable. Success can not naturally come without self-discipline. Knowing when to and when not to do certain things is a virtue that births and sustains success.

Of course, it is always a cool thing to be associated with a father that has instilled such character. And as a result of that, you naturally detest and have no longing for things that contradict the doctrines of discipline.

Your friend, on the other hand, who had a father that embarassed him everywhere, does not have the end of the world before him. He now knows exactly what he does not want to be. It could be a stepping stone for him.

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And as a result of that, you naturally detest and have no longing for things that contradict the doctrines of discipline.

Exactly! It's even funny how some people see disciplined people as someone pretending to be something they're not just because they refused to misbehave with them or like them.

Your friend, on the other hand, who had a father that embarassed him everywhere, does not have the end of the world before him.

This too is true. Now that he knows the feeling, he most definitely wouldn't want his kids to feel the same way.

Thanks for this amazing comment man.

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