“Discipline Equals Freedom” More like, “The Art of Not Being a Bitch” – Jocko Willink

Discipline Equals Freedom

There’s books and then… there’s books.

This book right here, “Discipline Equals Freedom – The Field Manual” is exactly what it states.

A field manual on how one should get after it in life.

There’s no filler content. There’s no sugar coated advice, no fluff…  just straight to the point, exactly how it is advice that hit’s you right at your core.

I read this book in one afternoon and it has definitely changed me.. transformed me.

Like to the point of waking up 5:45/6 A.M. everyday to attack the day. Here’s why, my cliff notes.

First, to get an idea of who this Jocko Willink guy is and why you should care about his book, “Discipline equals Freedom“. I’m going to share a description of him from Tim Ferriss’s book, “Tools of Titans”.

“Jocko Willink is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. He is a lean 230 pounds. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the special operations world. Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and commanded SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit from the Iraq war. Upon returning to the United States, Jocko served as the officer-in-charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams, designing and implementing some of the most challenging and realistic combat training in the world.

After retiring from the Navy, he co-founded Echelon Front, a leadership and management consulting company and co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs lead and Win.  He’s an avid surfer, a husband, and the father of four “highly motivated” children.”

He’s also been on the Joe Rogan Podcast multiple times, is in a couple sections of Tim Ferriss’s books, “Tools of Titans” and “Tribe of Mentors”, he’s also been on the cover of Success Magazine and has done a TED Talk speech about extreme ownership.

So… why is, “Discipline Equals Freedom” an awesome book?

The depth of this book paired with the shortness of the read is stunning. At 190 pages, this book isn’t meant to waste your time and that’s why I personally like Jocko’s writing.

Every page, every sentence has intent and purpose. It cuts out all the clutter.

It’s the simplicity of the book that makes it effective. He takes the many different complexities of why someone procrastinates, why someone lacks motivation, discipline or just finding life purpose, etc and gives it this black and white approach that many books don’t do or do well.

I personally believe it comes from his military background, being a successful Navy Seal, everything has to have purpose and if it doesn’t.. then they don’t teach it or use it on their missions. To me the advice is the sort of advice you don’t want to hear but need to hear.

What I really like about this book, “Discipline Equals Freedom” is that Jocko gives you a structure on how to tackle your life, a road map with actionable steps that will get you on the correct path, and more importantly stay on the correct path moving forward in life.

It’s not a typical motivational book… I feels more like a book where you can open up any page and find wisdom because each page is separate to itself with the wisdom shared.

I will definitely see myself rereading this book over and over again just because of how the book is structured and how practical the advice is. It really is a field manual on discipline.

If you’re the kind of person who procrastinates, stress out, fear of failure, have regret or have those days where you just don’t feel it. Than this book will give you the mind control that you need so you can flip that switch and put yourself into destroyer mode. 🙂

Before I let you go, Here’s a powerful video of Jocko Willink’s TED Talk.

Here’s two funny stories of Jocko Willink that Tim Ferris shared in his book, “Tools of Titans”.

When Jocko slept at my house following our interview, my then girlfriend woke me up the next morning at 8 a.m. with “Ummm…. I think he’s been up reading for 5 hours already. What should I do?”

The only time I’ve seen Jocko’s eyes bug out was when I told him that I first learned to swim in my 30s. He texted me the following while I was working on this chapter: “Thanks for putting me in this book…. One day I will repay you, oddly enough, by tying your feet together and your hands behind your back and making you swim/survive.”

Anyways, I’m out…

Pick up this book you won’t be disappointed.

P.S. Jocko Quote: 

“We are defeated one tiny, seemingly insignificant surrender at a time that chips away at who we should really be. It isn’t that you wake up one day and decide that’s it: I am going to be weak. No. It is a slow incremental process. It chips away at our will-it chips away at our discipline.”

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