The Self-Discipline Crisis

Dominick Barbato, MBA
1 min readMar 1, 2023

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The United States is widely recognized as a highly successful civilization with significant contributions to cultural and economic advancements. However, a concerning trend that could threaten America’s success is the self-discipline crisis.

For generations, hard work has been the most significant factor in achieving success in the United States, regardless of the type of work being done. Even those who work in offices and have never done manual labor can work hard with their minds, making decisions that can significantly impact profit or loss. Private companies, in particular, exist to make a profit, which adds a great deal of pressure and stress to workers.

Despite this, American society has evolved to emphasize convenience above all else, creating a problem with self-discipline. The culture now values immediate gratification over delayed gratification and the ability to work hard for a greater reward in the future.

This shift in values is at odds with what made America great in the first place, causing many Americans to fear or even hate self-discipline. However, discipline, sacrifice, and long-term focus are necessary for anything worthwhile. To preserve the best aspects of American society, it is essential to re-prioritize self-discipline.

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Dominick Barbato, MBA

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