Jocko’s new book, Discipline Equals Freedom, Field Manual is his second book about mindset, action, and discipline. It is a perfect representation of his most powerful creeds which can help people survive the quandaries that emerge day to day, week to week.
Written and framed in the same unmistakable brevity that makes Jocko such a captivating speaker and thought leader…I could literally hear his battle-hardened voice in my head with every word I read.
I must admit though; the first 90 pages didn’t lead me to any great discovery, because on first pass I was reading what seemed to be the same narrative I’ve heard him outline in his Jocko Podcast many times before. I think any hardcore supporter of Jocko's would recognize the familiar creeds and dead-lift carnage decorating this book at the onset.
But underneath it all , there actually was net new knowledge and peeling through the layers gave me strength.
I adjusted my myopic viewpoint and moved forward. Soon I found myself in a mental rut at work struggling with stress and discontent. I needed powerful words to get me squared away mentally so I could overcome the anxieties and frustrations that made life tough. I needed to dial in and get the goddamn work done.
That’s when Jocko’s book truly delivered its pay-load.
I think it's also important mention; this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read because the font, structure, page size, artwork, and brevity are all so perfectly balanced that it blasts into the psyche like a rocket launcher. It takes less than a minute for Jocko’s no-noise thoughts to intravenously hit the blood stream and in seconds it re-positions and re-calibrates the way I thought about problems, concepts…and even how I thought about myself.
It is a stunning body of work.
Part One is about Thought. This covers topics like: Procrastination, Mind Control, Weakness, Stress, Death, Compromise, Fear, Regret, Focus, Hesitation, and more.
Part Two is about Actions. This covers topics like: Physical Training, Psychological Edge, Power Naps, Martial Arts, Where to Train, Falling Asleep, When to do things, and more.
This isn’t a motivational book, because motivation isn’t real. This is a tactical manual that helps put into perspective how to manufacture right thinking and execution. Doing the work is all that matters.
Jocko’s lessons might only need a single page to express themselves and he complicates nothing. In fact, everything is so deliberate and intentional it might be the purest form of writing I’ve read in a long time.
This book takes no effort to read, the ROI far exceeds the time it takes dive in, and the sooner I learned it was created to be taken with me and studied - instead of read and put down - was when it began to hold a new purpose and meaning in my life.
This book has perpetual purpose.
Thank you, Jocko.
HOLD THE LINE ACROSS THE LINE.