Wednesday, 9 November 2016


The Most Important Virtue For Academic & Career Success for Students

 “Academic success is much more about hard work than inborn talent,” said  Jessica Rose, Biologist & Science Teacher. Without discipline, hard work is impossible! This means a student’s academic and career success is dependent on how disciplined he/she is.

According to an article published by European centre for Research & Development UK, “Discipline involves obedience and willing submission to a rule of life without which a learner will not attain his/her goal.”
In an article published by Preserved Articles on “Discipline in Student’s Life”, discipline was defined as, “…orderliness in life which results from our adherence to certain code of conduct prepared by the learned people. It also implies our respect to physical and moral laws in our society”.
Finally, Success Expert & Author of the Miracle of Self-Discipline, Brain Tracy said “Self-Discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not”.
All these definition from various personalities and schools of thought boils down to one thing: If a student disciplines him or herself to do what must done at the time it must be done, that student will become academically successful.
Not only that, the student will also cultivate the habit of self-discipline which will become a sound foundation for his or her career success!
These days, I hear students complain and feel bitter about their poor academic performance at school. First of all you must note this: academic success is a result not an activity; and it is the result of disciplined behaviors in relation to school activities!
A researched publication by HR MARS, a firm focused on exploring the academic potential of students said, “If school is disciplined, the academic performance on the part of students and teachers will be highly rated”.

That means that the single most important factor responsible for the moral, academic and career success of students is not what they go to school to learn, but rather the virtue of self-discipline.

Really I’ll say that discipline is the foundational virtue that must be learnt for the school, society, the nation and religious bodies to develop and grow.

Vikash Pathak puts it in this way, “Self-Discipline is most needed for success in life. Discipline is a must whether we are at school or at home. It is equally necessary whether we are in the office or at the playground. Our life, our society, our country or even the world will go astray without discipline”.

To be successful in life, the first attitude that must be cultivated is the attitude of self-discipline. Because without it, it’s impossible for students to achieve their career, academic, moral, financial, health, spiritual and relationship goals in life!

1.    Self-Discipline at Home

At home, self-discipline is essential for helping to build a better home in the near future. Without discipline, there will be absolute chaos at home.

2.    Self-Discipline in the Playground

Building a successful sporting career life and be awarded with prizes and winning the admiration of others is practically impossible without self discipline. Discipline is necessary in the playground and as well exercising our bodies to maintain health.

3.    Self-Discipline in Academics

 A discipline student from a discipline school, trained by disciplined teachers and parents will obviously perform better in class than a student of poor self-discipline!

4.    Self-Discipline in Career

When we come to the world of work, discipline learnt by a student in schools plays a major rule in increasing productivity and ensuring his or her career success. Without discipline how can organizations run and grow sporadically?

5.    Self-Discipline in Relationships

It’s true that relationship, marriage and friendship plays a very an impotent role in building families and sustaining society, but without discipline, the level of chaos in sexual activities and parenting will be destroy the society. 

6.    Self-Discipline in Religious Gatherings

Discipline is also needed in the religious place of worship to ensure peace, order and harmony in the worship of God and performing religious responsibilities.

Without controversy, I’d say that the most important virtue for moral, academic and career success of students is self-discipline. Once the entire school authorities, stakeholders, and the students focus on self-discipline, performance will increase!

As a student, to increase your academic performances focus on developing the habit of self-discipline and leading a disciplined life always. Once you do this, you will do what must be done for your moral, academic and career success!

In the next post, we shall be looking at how indiscipline affects the academic success of students. Until then, make sure you discipline yourself on campus, school and the community and I trust you will have the success you always desire!

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