“It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.”
― Jocko Willink,
My first exposure to Jocko Willink was on the Joe Rogan Podcast. In those three hours I was pulled into the Extreme Ownership paradigm. After listening, I knew that it it was imperative that I read Extreme Ownership. Unknown to me he was on on the Tim Ferris podcast, which I voraciously devoured. Then I know I had to read, Extreme Ownership.
Thankfully, Audible.com is offering a 3 book trial that allowed me to listen to Extreme Ownership, it did not disappoint. After listening to the book, I want a hard copy so I can take notes. Its not a difficult or especially meaty book, matter of fact its quite simple, that’s part of its genius.
Battle plans are simple by nature they have to be. The complicated thing in any organization are the people. The goals are the easy, overcome the enemy or in business to become more efficient and profitable, the hard part is managing the people within those organization.
The lessons Extreme Ownership are immediately useful, as I read the chapters I found myself applying them to my work environment.
Essentially there are two types of leaders.
- Effective Leaders, lead their teams to the attainment of their goals
- Ineffective Leaders, don’t attain their goals.
That’s really it.
An effective leader owns their whole problem space, everything else is an excuse. If your reports aren’t performing its because YOU didn’t motivate them properly or YOU didn’t fully explain the parameters, a leader owns it. If your managers aren’t giving you the support you feel you need to succeed its because YOU haven’t managed them properly. A true leader can will “make the call”, when they have to and prioritize the issues within their problem space.
I’m not going to front. I just like listening to him talk he gets me fired up. He’s started The Jocko Podcast with Charlie Echo. Its a good podcast, him and Charlie Echo are a good match. With Jocko being the straight guy while Charlie adds and “everyman” perspective that the rest of us can identify with. They make a very engaging pair. If it was two super type A navy seals it wouldn’t feel the same.
I’m a fan.
My favorite principal of his is
“Discipline Equals Freedom”
It seems counter intuitive but its actually simple. Discipline in life leaves us open to expanding our possibilities later. If you have financial discipline then you can spend on what you want, if you have physical discipline then you have to freedom of health.
Go buy Extreme Ownership and own your life.