Summary of “Jocko Willink On the Power of Discipline”

He has a new book out and its title caught my attention: Discipline Equals Freedom.
“If you want freedom, then you need to have disciplinethe more discipline you have in your life the more you’ll be able to do what you want. That’s not true initially; initially the discipline might be things you don’t want to do at the time, but the more you do things that you don’t want to do, the more you do the right things, the better off you’ll be and the more freedom you’ll have”.
Jocko’s examples of this idea in action mainly concerned personal development.
More discipline with your finances, for example, will eventually yield more financial freedom, while more discipline with time management will allow you to do more interesting things with your time.
The front office IT revolution granted the knowledge worker an amazing amount of apparent new freedom: email made communication with anyone about anything instantaneous; the world wide web put all information at their fingertips; the mobile revolution allowed them to take these promethean gifts with them everywhere.
As I discussed in my recent post on stagnant economic productivity, this apparent freedom is yielding mixed results.
The new economy does offer exciting new opportunities, but perhaps the most effective way to unlock this freedom in the long term is to be more disciplined in the short term, especially when it comes to your time and attention: to focus relentlessly on producing the things you know how to do best at the highest possible level of quality, while ignoring the attractive digital baubles that promise you conveniences and the potential of breakthrough connections and exposure.
As Jocko put it: “Do things you don’t want to dodo the right things,” and trust this discipline now will eventually generate the freedom you seek.

The orginal article.