When I launched this magazine in November 2016, I was encouraged to do so by a remarkable group of terrific entrepreneur-minded close friends. As part of our regular meetings, we often buy each other relevant books to inspire and motivate the group. Recently, a member bought each of us a copy of “Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual” by Jocko Willink, so I decided to start reading it at the recommendation of the group. If you read lots of motivational material, then you are probably like me searching for that one work that is the “holy grail,” the one that will inspire you to change your life. Well this is it!
The book is written in a very direct, but revolutionary style that draws you in and forces you to read on. Every page is a call-to-action that filters out the normal psycho-babble bull and points you to the painful, but familiar truth about how to truly improve our lives. It is clear Jocko has a unique perspective, likely born from witnessing life changing events on the field of battle.
Having ignored great advice from my family, it was surprising to me that one small suggestion from Jocko’s book has made all the difference in the world. He advocates getting up early and claiming the morning as your time, and only your time.
Often, people attribute their own personal failures, such as weight gain, fitness issues, and health problems on the lack of time. The easy path is to play the victim and throw in the towel – we all do it!
Well it doesn’t have to be, not if you follow Jocko’s advice to have the discipline to get up, get off your ass, and change your routine. This one simple step has allowed me to work out each day, eat a good breakfast, prepare a decent lunch for work, and plan my day. I am getting more done, I feel great, and most of all, my attitude is much better.
While I have read hundreds of books on martial arts, military history, and motivational topics, I do not consider myself an expert in anything. However I do know a great work when I see it and Jocko Willink’s “Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual” is one of them.
My bed side night stand is my book hall of fame and space is limited, so I keep only the cream of the crop: The Holy Bible, Miyamoto Musashi’s “Book of Five Rings”, and Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”. I will be adding one more to the list…..