Notes & Quotes: Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

The following are my favorite quotes from Jocko Willink's Discipline Equals Freedom: A Field Manual.
  1. Discipline: the root of all good qualities. The driver of daily execution. The core principle that overcomes laziness and lethargy and excuses. 
  2. I knew that somewhere out there, another man was also preparing. That man was my enemy. He was working, training, planning, and preparing to meet me on the battlefield. I didn't know when. I didn't know where. But I knew that at some point: We would meet. And I wanted to be ready.
  3. People are not who you want them to be. Kill your idols.
  4. The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be.
  5. Gain perspective. Detach.
  6. It takes both emotion and logic to reach your maximum potential.
  7. You can't relax until the entire mission is complete.
  8. It is never finished. You always have more to do. Another mission. Another task. Another goal. And the enemy is always watching. Waiting. Looking for that moment of weakness. Looking for you to exhale, set your weapon down, and close your eyes, even just for a moment. And that's when they attack. So don't be finished.
  9. Discipline is:
    1. Waking up early.
    2. Working out, every day, making yourself stronger and faster and more flexible and healthier.
    3. Eating the right foods, to fuel your system correctly.
    4. Disciplining your emotions, so you can make good decisions.
    5. Controlling your ego.
    6. Treating people the way you would want to be treated.
    7. Doing the tasks you don't want to do, but you know will help you.
    8. Facing your fears so you can conquer them.
    9. Taking the hard road -- the uphill road.
    10. Doing what's right.
  10. Discipline can seem like your worst enemy. But in reality it is your best friend. It will take care of you like nothing else can. It will put you on the path to strength and health and intelligence and happiness. And most important, discipline will put you on the path to FREEDOM.
  11. Knowledge is the ultimate weapon; it trumps all other weapons...You can knowledge by asking questions. Which questions should you ask? Simple: Question everything.
  12. Is this what I want to be? This? Is this all I've got -- is this everything I can give? Is this going to be my life? Do I accept that?
  13. Ask the hard questions of yourself -- and find the path to progress and discipline and to freedom inside the answers.
  14. When you face a challenge -- even something you don't believe you can win, or a situation where you know you cannot win -- remember this: You have nothing to lose.
  15. A failure to compromise is a failure to succeed.
  16. Proactive and aggressive are similar and they are both good.
  17. What is more important: Nature or nurture? In my opinion: Neither...It's about choice.
  18. Waking up in six days or six weeks or six years or SIXTY YEARS and being no closer to your goal...You have made NO PROGRESS. That is the horror. That is the nightmare. That is what you really need to be afraid of: Being stagnant.
  19. I will become what I want to be. I will become who I want to be. And then -- and only then -- will I rest and say: No more.
  20. You know what you have to do. So: MAKE YOURSELF DO IT. You do that with discipline.
  21. My glory, it doesn't happen in front of a crowd. It doesn't happen in a stadium or on a stage. There are no medals handed out. It happens in the darkness of the early morning. In solitude.
  22. Some scientists have claimed that discipline dissipates the more that it is used -- that willpower is a finite resource that is reduced every time that it is used during the day. This is wrong. That does not happen.
  23. The world is yours when you are up before the enemy.
  24. Perhaps the most critical form of self-defense is the mind. By being smart and aware, you can avoid situations that are likely to expose you to danger.
  25. If you can run away from an assailant, do it. If you can't run because they have a hold on you, attack them. Put all your training to use as quickly and as violently as possible. As soon as you can break free, do it and run.
  26. In order to use the fat in your body for energy, the body must have gone through its most readily available source of energy: glucose or sugar in the blood. Once that is depleted, the body begins to utilize fat for energy. You can deplete that sugar in the blood by exercising until it is gone, fasting until it is gone, or adjusting your carbohydrate intake.
  27. It is better to eat what we have evolved to eat -- that is the diet of the Paleolithic man or caveman. Eat these: beef (preferably grass-fed), poultry (preferably free-range), fish, eggs, nuts, vegetables, fungi, roots, some dairy (full-fat butter, cream, yogurt, cheese), limited fruit. Do not eat these: grains, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, processed oils (margarine), legumes.
  28. Don't follow the 80/20 rule. Follow the 100% rule -- that might turn into the 99% rule and that is okay. But the 80/20 rule isn't a rule. It's a step down the slippery slope.
  29. In this age, much of the food around is actually trying to kill you. It is poison. Donuts? Poison. Soda? Poison. Potato chips? Poison. YOU DON'T NEED IT.
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