A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 21, 2013
“Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when we don’t want to do it”

"Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when we don’t want to do it” is a printed saying that became popular in 2012. The origin is uncertain.

“Somewhere I picked up a definition of an educated person: ‘An educated person is one who does what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether he wants to do it or not’” was cited in print in 1951. Basketball coach Bob Knight, according to a 1983 book, defined discipline as “doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the best it can be done, and doing it that way every time you do it.” Richard Foster‘s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth (1978; 1988) explained, “The disciplined person is the person who can do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. “

“Self-discipline involves doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done whether we like it or not” was printed in a 1990 newspaper article.


Google Books
How Good Is Your School?:
A Handbook to Help Parents

By Wilbur Alden Yauch
New York, NY: Harper
1951
Pg. 134:
Somewhere I picked up a definition of an educated person: “An educated person is one who does what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether he wants to do it or not.”

Google Books
The Power Within You
By Pat Williams
Philadelphia, PA: Westminister John Knox Press
1983
Pg. 86:
Bobby Knight, basketball coach at Indiana University, has a great definition of discipline. He says it’s “doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the best it can be done, and doing it that way every time you do it.”

Google Books
Celebration of Discipline:
The Path to Spiritual Growth

By Richard J. Foster
San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row
1988
Pg. 99:
The disciplined person is the person who can do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

23 September 1989, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), “Self-discipline called key to freedom Richard Foster to speak on many forms of fasting”:
He defines discipline as “the ability to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.”

16 December 1990, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Self-discipline opens the door to success”:
Self-discipline involves doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done whether we like it or not.

Google Books
The Mind of a Trader:
Lessons in trading strategy from the world’s leading traders

By Alpesh B. Patel
London: FT Pitman
1997
Pg. 135:
Self-discipline is, after all, only doing what needs to be done, when we don’t want to do it.

Google News Archive
2 July 1997, Rome (GA) News-Tribune, “Succeeding or failing in life: Race has got nothing to do with it” by Charlie Reese, pg. 4, col. 4:
Some famous guy once said that the definition of maturity is the ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done even when we don’t feel like doing it.

D3UNITED
January 23, 2012
Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when we don’t want to do it.
(Source: piccsy.com)

Shaolin Kungfu Center
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012
Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when we don’t want to do it.

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Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when you don’t want to do it.
6:40 AM - Dec 20, 2012

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, February 21, 2013 • Permalink