Jocko Says Yes And I Believe Him
Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink
This post is a bit of a departure from previous posts. I don’t do “motivational” or “inspirational.” When it comes to books–even in music and movies–if I see either descriptor offered as a selling feature, I usually look the other way. Why? Because what motivates you may not motivate me, and what inspires you…you get the point. For me, what inspires or motivates is ephemeral. If I hitch my wagon to either, I will only disappoint myself and others. How do I know? Because I’ve done it. What has worked for me, when I’ve been most successful, is discipline. But I never quite thought about discipline in the way Jocko Willink does.
Jocko is a retired Navy SEAL who led the operation to secure Ramadi during the Iraq War. All Navy SEALS and Special Forces operators are people who perform at the highest levels. This means they have a lot to teach us. The primary lesson is simple. But not easy. Discipline–in all things–equals freedom. It is a message that bears repetition. And in an age of instant gratification, it is a message of real power. Jocko’s books and podcasts hearken back to a warrior tradition of the Samurai and Spartans but it is as relevant to the elementary school teacher as it is to the grocery store cashier. We can all be more, achieve more, and live more. Not to check the boxes, collect the awards, or satisfy the ego. But to live fully, completely. In total freedom.
“THERE IS NO EASY WAY. There is only hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, rehearsal, repetition, study, sweat, blood, toil, frustration, and discipline. DISCIPLINE.”