Knowledge and Discipline

Imagine you want to reach a goal, such as being able to do 40 push-ups when you currently can only do 5.

I believe there are mainly three things you need to reach your goal: natural capacity (absence of serious physical limitations, etc.), knowledge, and discipline. You cannot change the first factor, so let’s focus on the latter two.

Knowledge helps you figure out what you need to do. Imagine GPT-100 exists and is omniscient. You could ask it how to reach your goal as quickly as possible, and it might suggest the following (assuming for a moment, that this is indeed the fastest way to achieve your goal):

1. Workout Plan

  • work out 3x a week, performing 5 sets of push-ups doing as many reps as possible

2. Diet and Nutrition

  • consume more calories than you expend
  • Aim for at least 1.6 to 2.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily

3. Sleep and Recovery

  • Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night

4. Supplements

  • Take 3-5 grams of creatine daily

5. Additional Tips

  • Regularly check that your push-up form is correct

Discipline then ensures that you do what you need to reach your goal

  • don’t skip workouts
  • ensure you consume enough calories.
  • make sure you get adequate sleep every night.
  • don’t forget to take your supplements


If you don’t know what to do, you lack knowledge.

If you aren’t doing what you know you should be, you lack discipline.