Paul Graham - "How to Be Silicon Valley"
+One of the most dangerous illusions you get from school is the idea that doing
+great things requires a lot of discipline. Most subjects are taught in such a
+boring way that it's only by discipline that you can flog yourself through
+them. So I was surprised when, early in college, I read a quote by Wittgenstein
+saying that he had no self-discipline and had never been able to deny himself
+anything, not even a cup of coffee.
+ Now I know a number of people who do great work, and it's the same with
+all of them. They have little discipline. They're all terrible procrastinators
+and find it almost impossible to make themselves do anything they're not
+interested in. One still hasn't sent out his half of the thank-you notes from
+his wedding, four years ago. Another has 26,000 emails in her inbox.
+ I'm not saying you can get away with zero self-discipline. You probably need
+about the amount you need to go running. I'm often reluctant to go running, but
+once I do, I enjoy it. And if I don't run for several days, I feel ill. It's
+the same with people who do great things. They know they'll feel bad if they
+don't work, and they have enough discipline to get themselves to their desks to
+start working. But once they get started, interest takes over, and discipline
+ Paul Graham - http://www.paulgraham.com/hs.html
+Your teachers are always telling you to behave like adults. I wonder if they'd
+like it if you did. You may be loud and disorganized, but you're very docile
+compared to adults. If you actually started acting like adults, it would be
+just as if a bunch of adults had been transposed into your bodies. Imagine the
+reaction of an FBI agent or taxi driver or reporter to being told they had to
+ask permission to go the bathroom, and only one person could go at a time. To
+say nothing of the things you're taught. If a bunch of actual adults suddenly
+found themselves trapped in high school, the first thing they'd do is form a
+union and renegotiate all the rules with the administration.
+ "What You'll Wish You'd Known" (Advice for High School Kids)