Success
posted on Sept. 29, 2012, 12:58 p.m. by Christopher Mitchell

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I will not pretend that I have always been a successful person, but I've found that the common factor when I have been successful is discipline. This can mean setting aside a specific time to accomplish a specific task, and not thinking about anything else until that task is finished. It can also mean setting up a routine, so you don't have to consider "what should I do now?" several times a day. Strong discipline will defeat procrastination, lack of motivation, lack of confidence, and a number of other obstacles that get in the way of success. Thus, discipline is by far the most important key to success that I would impart to aspiring computer science students. It's not always fun, but it makes your life much easier in the long term. Here's an article I read recently about the superiority of discipline over motivation, for those who are interested: http://joelrunyon.com/two3/get-disciplined-not-motivated

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