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.

Summary of “An Introduction to the Spiritual Disciplines”

Over the next several months, we will be running a series of articles on just these exercises – known as spiritual disciplines – and today offer a general introduction to what they’re all about.
We have chosen eight of these spiritual disciplines as being the most vital for men in the modern day and inclusive of varying belief systems, and which incorporate several of the other disciplines within them.
Doing the spiritual disciplines out of a simple desire to improve the general health of the soul will certainly garner something of the intended effect.
“The Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us … The inner righteousness we seek is not something that is poured on our heads. God has ordained the Disciplines of the spiritual life as the means by which we place ourselves where he can bless us.”
One particularly compelling purpose for practicing the spiritual disciplines, that nearly all might agree on, is this: learning how to properly “Order our loves.”
The purpose of training the soul, of practicing the spiritual disciplines, is to align them aright.
The Latin root of “Discipline” in fact traces to words like “Instruction” and “Knowledge” and that’s what the spiritual disciplines essentially are: courses of learning.
Just like a novice weightlifter needs to learn the best exercises for building strength, and how to perform them for maximum effectiveness, you must learn the time-tested spiritual disciplines that best train and grow the soul.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Retired Top Gun pilot Dave Berke explains the importance of discipline”

The only thing you and your team can rely on is discipline.
I worked with Jocko in Iraq, where he preached the importance of discipline as commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war.
More than any other quality, discipline is what drives a person to succeed when faced with adversity.
The only thing that gets you through an environment like that is discipline.
Discipline drives you to do the work you don’t enjoy, but is required.
Discipline keeps you going when your curiosity, motivation, and excitement evaporate.
At Top Gun, the pilots most likely to be invited back as instructors were the ones with the most discipline.
You will have employees who aren’t just motivated, but who will have the discipline to put in all the work required to be successful – and that is the key to winning.

The orginal article.