About Godlike Discipline
"What We Do Now Echoes In Eternity"
-Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations"
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Welcome. I'm Matt Karamazov.
To get where you want to go in life, you need to make sure that every step you take is in that direction. At Godlike Discipline, I write about self-discipline, books, human rights, and fitness, among other things; almost everything you need to become wildly successful in whatever you choose to do with your one and only life. My own goal of reading 1,000 books before I turn 30 is a large part of what I do here at GD as well.
In short, Godlike Discipline is about discovering for yourself what constitutes a meaningful life.
I've written and deleted many versions of that initial sentence, but that's basically how I'd describe this site and what it can do for you. What "I" can do for you.
It's important for me to point out though that I'm just one voice among many. I don't claim any special access to ultimate truth, and although I'd love to be able to say that Godlike Discipline is the only self-development website that you'll ever need, that's unlikely to be true.
I've read enough "About" pages to know what you're looking for, so here's a little breakdown of my core message:
1 - Death is the reason why you literally have zero time to waste as you move towards what's most important to you. This isn't morbid thinking; this is a call to wakefulness. Live immediately.
2 - Love is the only rational answer to the problem of human existence. What are we here for if not to make life a little less difficult for each other? And if you think love is only for the weak and the sentimental, I've been a nightclub bouncer for a long, long time. The modern man is well-rounded.
3 - You need a system. You need to write down what's important to you, and you need to look at those notes every single day. It's the best way to stay focused and driven.
4 - Self-discipline means doing what needs to be done, regardless of whether or not you feel like doing it. I've seen, with my own eyes, dangerously underweight children crawling on the ground, weak from hunger. Your excuses have no place here.
5 - Reading shouldn't be an escape from your real life; it should be the discovery of your real life. Books literally contain the answer to every problem you could ever have.
6 - You have to be obsessed, and you have to do the work. You have to track everything you want to measure, attack your goals every single day, and never, ever let up.
What you should know by now is that I'm not satisfied with many of the standard answers that society gives to the problem of human existence.
If you don't want to do the work and you're just looking for easy answers, go to "Buzzfeed" and get their "4 Easy Tips For Happiness" or some other garbage.
Nothing against them, but Godlike Discipline isn't "Them".
I've been a human rights activist for a long time, I've read hundreds of books, and have traveled to many far-off places. So you could say that I know a thing or two about a thing or two.
As Joseph Campbell says in his monumental study of human symbols and myths, life is an initiation, and each individual has to proceed alone. There are some things that I can't "teach" you, but I like to think that there are quite a few things that I can.
That being said, this site is mainly about cultivating self-discipline, stopping human rights violations around the world, sharing the knowledge found in the greatest books ever written, and reaching towards the heights of human flourishing.
For all of us.
You can get a better idea of what I mean...HERE
You can get the full list of all the books I've read...HERE
If you're a volunteer, for anything, you can get paid for doing it...HERE
This is how much my readers have raised so far for Doctors Without Borders
WHAT YOU'LL FIND HERE:
*Helpful advice on mastering willpower and self-discipline
*The most powerful lessons from every book that I've ever read as I make my way to 1,000 books before I turn 30
*Interviews with experts in their fields who have something important to say and that I think can help you with whatever you're working on
*Aggressive campaigning for causes and organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, including my Volunteer Incentives Program.
*Books, videos, and free resources to help you on your way
*And a LOT more...
So maybe you'll stay awhile? The internet is full of charlatans who want something from you and will say and do anything to get it. You're lucky enough to have stumbled upon someone (me) who is exactly who he says he is and does exactly what he says he does. I care about people (you) more than you will ever know, and I'm straight-up honored to get the chance to try to teach you a little bit about what I've been fortunate enough to learn.
All the best,
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WHO IS THIS GUY?
I put this towards the bottom because it doesn't really matter who I am. For all the shameless egotism you might find in some of my writing, I realize that I am no more or less important than a single drop of water or a blade of grass.
But if you really want to know:
-I'm a nightclub bouncer in Halifax, Canada
-I have a Russian Studies degree from Dalhousie University, but most of my courses were in Philosophy
-I used to run an international record label which specialized in death metal
-I now run my own non-profit organization
-I have a community service medal from the Queen of England
-I've applied to become a police officer, and my application is ongoing
-I used to be a fashion model, and I drive a really expensive drop-top convertible
-I used to live in Russia, where I had my first 3 heavyweight boxing fights and got my nose broken
-I used to live in India, where I worked for Human Rights Watch by organizing a massive outdoor rock concert
-I care about other people more than you will ever know
-I believe that life is fundamentally purposeless, but that we can make it a little less difficult for each other by being cool to other people, helping others, and having fun while we can
-I'm trying to start fewer of my sentences with the word "I"
The name “Godlike Discipline” comes from an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, called “Self-Reliance”. In it, he says: “And truly it demands something godlike in him who has cast off the common motives of humanity, and has ventured to trust himself for a taskmaster. High be his heart, faithful his will, clear his sight, that he may in good earnest be doctrine, society, law, to himself, that a simple purpose may be to him as strong as iron necessity is to others!”